Paul Hogan

Executive Vice President, John R. Oishei Foundation

Buffalo, NY

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John R. Oishei Foundation enhances the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara Region through grantmaking, leadership, and network building.

Paul Hogan is a native and resident of Buffalo, NY. He spent much of his teens and early twenties working in his family’s small office supply and printing business, eventually becoming general manager. After leaving to serve four years in the US Navy (which he spent shore-stationed in Spain), he decided to pursue a lifelong interest in writing at the University at Buffalo. He completed a BA in English cum laude (minor in Psychology), left briefly to work in advertising and marketing, and then returned to pursue his MA in Writing. On completing his MA, he was offered and accepted the David Gray Fellowship in Poetry and Letters under the late, internationally acclaimed poet Robert Creeley. Several of Paul’s poems were included in The Legend of Being Irish: An Anthology of Irish-American Poetry. He has authored two books: Points of Departures (White Pine Press, 2008), and Inventories (BlazVox Books, 2012).   For over 18 years, Paul worked and consulted for a variety of non-profit organizations in the arts, adult education, research, and community health and healthcare. He was recruited in 2001 to be program officer with The John R. Oishei Foundation, a large, ($275m) general-purpose private foundation providing grants of about $18m annually to non-profit organizations throughout the western New York region. He was appointed Vice President in January, 2008 and promoted to Executive Vice President in January of 2014.    Mr. Hogan has co-chaired the New York State Cultural Data Project (now DataArts) Task Force and served on its national Strategic Advisory Panel. After having over a dozen articles published in the NonProfit Quarterly, he served for a year on its Editorial Advisory Board. In 2014, he received a Public Relations Society of America Silver Excalibur Award for a keynote speech on art and mental health he wrote for the Buffalo Society of Artists’ Annual Meeting. He was also selected in 2015 as a ‘Living Legacy Artist’ by the Burchfield Penney Art Center for his lifelong work in creative writing. He lives in the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore with his wife, Barb, and dog Bo, and is blessed to have two perfect adult children, Matthew and Lianna.



John R. Oishei Foundation‘s mission is to be a catalyst for change to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara Region through grantmaking, leadership, and network building.

The foundation remains true to Mr. Oishei’s original intent: to improve the lives of Buffalo residents. Foundation trustees and staff act as trustworthy and responsible stewards of these funds, seeking to direct resources with wisdom and compassion. The foundation strives to ensure that its grantmaking is not only relevant, effective and efficient, but also mindful of the opportunity gap between low-income residents and their more advantaged peers.

The values below guide the actions of the John R. Oishei Foundation and support the foundation’s belief that its work must be purposeful, carefully considered and deliberately reviewed.

  • Interdependency
  • Communication and Learning
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Collaboration to Leverage Greater Impact
  • Informed Leadership
  • Inclusiveness and Respect for Others