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Hilbert and St. Bonaventure colleges awarded

The Western New York Foundation has awarded Hilbert College and Saint Bonaventure University $20,000 to support the two schools’ strategic alliance.

“We feel this process will help each institution build on their strengths and create more educational opportunities for students,” said Beth Kinsman Gosch, executive director of The Western New York Foundation, about the program that foundation sponsors.

The Western New York Foundation, incorporated in 1951, makes grants in the seven counties of Western New York state.

The foundation’s stated purposes are “to conduct and promote educational, charitable, philanthropic, eleemosynary and beneficent works only.”

The Western New York Foundation supports sustainable organizations that improve the quality of life in Western New York.

In addition, The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University an additional $175,000 to support the strategic alliance. The Oishei Foundation supported the schools’ efforts with a $250,000 grant in December 2013.

“We made the first grant because we found the proposal from presidents Carney and Zane to articulate a vision that is exactly what WNY needs in the realm of higher education: more collaboration, a greater sense of entrepreneurship and better, more affordable opportunities for students,” said Oishei Foundation President Robert Gioia.

“This additional grant represents our confidence in the process to date.”

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building.

The foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products corporation.


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