Reisner funds grant support to OGH, 10 nonprofit organizations

Eleven local and national nonprofit organizations, including the Olean General Hospital Foundation, recently received grants from two funds established by the late Doris Reisner at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The Lewis and Doris Reisner Fund made possible a $9,024 grant to the Olean General Hospital Foundation.

Since Mrs. Reisner established the fund in memory of her husband, an OB/GYN at the hospital, in 2010, the OGH Foundation has received an annual distribution from the fund.

According to Karen Fohl, Olean General Hospital Foundation president, the grants, nearly $100,000 since 2010, have made a real difference at the hospital.

“Past gifts from the Reisner fund have provided for a new EMS room at the Hospital and EMS equipment,” said Fohl. “Most recently in May of 2015, accumulated grants were used to fund a Distance Learning Regional Paramedic Training Program.”

Fohl said that the hospital foundation works closely with the Reisner family in deciding how the grants may be best used.

“The Reisner family likes us to save grants until something impactful can be purchased,” Fohl added. “Presently there is approximately $26,480 accumulated from 2015 and 2016 grants.”

Mrs. Reisner also established her own fund, the Doris Reisner Fund, to benefit 10 local and national organizations that mattered most to her during her lifetime, many of which she was actively involved with as both a donor and volunteer.

The CRCF Board of Directors approved a total of $7,510 in grants from the Doris Reisner Fund, including the following:

  • Stephen’s Episcopal Church – $1,126.50
  • ReHabilitation Foundation – $1,126.50
  • American Cancer Society – $1,126.50
  • Genesis House – $751
  • Empire Association for the Deaf – $751
  • Interfaith Caregivers – $751
  • American Diabetes Association – $375.50
  • SPCA in Cattaraugus County – $375.50
  • American Friends Services – $375.50

A $751 grant to HomeCare and Hospice will allow the organization to purchase a new computer and software for a new nursing staff member.

Since their establishment, the two funds have made possible over $200,000 in grants to the charities chosen by Mrs. Reisner.

“Grants from the Reisner funds support such important causes,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “I know those organizations truly appreciate the Reisner family philanthropy that repeats each year.”

This year there is an added reason to recognize the Reisner family as Dr. and Mrs. Reisner’s son, Walter, recently passed away.

“With this year’s grant and the accumulated donations from the Lewis and Doris Reisner Fund the family is working with Karen Fohl (at OGH) to find a way to memorialize Walt in appreciation for his lifetime of service and dedication to the medical community, in particular the emergency medical services sector,” Ms. Buchheit said.

Donations can be made to both the Lewis and Doris Reisner Fund and the Doris Reisner Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Suite 203, or online at

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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