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Knowledge

Research

Reports

WNY Organizational Development Needs Survey Report

Development Needs Survey Report 2015 Shared Learning: Organizational Development Needs Survey Report

Research Brief: Funders Focused on Education in Western New York (2015 Snapshot)

Report 2015 Analysis of Educational Funding

This project is the culmination of a collaborative partnership between the Mayor’s Task Group to Create a Healthier Niagara Falls and the P2 Collaborative of Western New York to improve population-based health outcomes for residents of the city of Niagara Falls.

Report Strategic Plan: Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls – September 2014

As part of our strategic planning process, we completed this environmental scan of Western New York. This report helped to inform us about the most current needs and trends in our region.

Report 2012 Environmental Scan of WNY

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To strengthen the safety net in local communities where residents were struggling after the 2008 economic downturn, the Foundation created the Mobile Safety-Net Team in 2009. The team assessed needs in 45 communities within Erie and Niagara Counties and worked to connect residents with services and shore up existing human service providers.

The MSNT is now partnering with the University at Buffalo’s Regional Institute to conduct a series of reports focusing on 12 communities in total, and taking an in-depth look at critical issues affecting residents and government agencies and the nonprofit human services sector.

We invite you to review each of these reports to better inform decision-making at all levels for the strategic deployment of resources. Be sure to check back regularly for new reports.

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The Oishei Foundation is committed to sharing the lessons we learn. By researching and understanding critical issues of our region; dispersing information and resources; and evaluating our own progress, we strive to maximize our impact on the Western New York community.

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Outcomes

Reported Outcomes

The Foundation invests in grant evaluation as a tool for assessing impact, learning lessons and improving our grantmaking. We partner with our grantees to identify outcomes, measure progress and communicate accomplishments.

Grantmaking

Grantmaking Reports

The Foundation's trustees and staff act as trustworthy and responsible stewards of its funds, seeking to direct resources with wisdom and compassion. The Foundation strives to ensure that its grantmaking efforts are relevant, effective and efficient. Our grantmaking has evolved over the years and we have adopted new approaches for support including Program Related Investments (PRIs), commercial loan guarantees and some limited equity investments.

Grantee Perception Report

presentationcover In a recently completed Grantee Perception Report (GPR) conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), an independent watchdog group, The John R. Oishei Foundation performed exceedingly well in several measures of effectiveness. Oishei was compared against CEP’s total database comprising 251 funders nationally, as well as a special set of ‘cohort’ funders comprising 18 funders from around the country.