News 2021

Golisano Collection at RIT Archives Goes Digital with New Interactive Exhibit

Rochester, New York, November 19, 2021 --The B. Thomas Golisano collection at Rochester Institute of Technology Archives is going digital, with a new interactive online exhibit that celebrates the leader’s personal and professional legacy. The digital exhibit, called “Transformative Impacts: Archives of an Entrepreneur,” introduces people to Tom Golisano and his path to becoming an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Read more


New Curriculum at Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing Prepares Nurses to Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Pittsford, NY-- Nov. 18, 2021-- A new and first of its kind curriculum designed for integration into existing primary care nurse practitioner residency programs to improve the health care experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has been developed by nursing faculty at the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College's Wegmans School of Nursing. Read more



Paychex Marks 50th Anniversary

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Paychex, a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, benefits, human resources, and insurance services. The company was founded in 1971 by Tom Golisano, who still serves Chairman of the company. When Tom’s employer didn’t share his vision to serve small and medium-sized businesses, he decided to do it himself. Today Paychex is the largest HR company for small to medium-sized businesses, it serves 700,000-plus clients in the U.S. and Northern Europe and pays one in 12 U.S. private sector employees. Read more | See video conversation with Tom Golisano & Paychex President & CEO Marty Mucci


Tom Golisano Hosts CEO Symposium

Tom Golisano hosted his Second Annual Golisano CEO Symposium in October 2021 for companies he has invested in and mentors. Leadership from 12 businesses came together to network and present company updates, industry shifts, and their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more


Tom Golisano Gifts $30 Million to Special Olympics to Expand Critical Health Services Globally for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Washington, D.C.– Sep 16, 2021 – Special Olympics announced today that it has received its largest single private gift in the organization's 53-year history. Tom Golisano, Paychex founder, philanthropist and father of a son with an intellectual disability, will provide $30 million, his third major gift to Special Olympics, to expand the Special Olympics Healthy Communities program, which provides health services globally for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), a population that has been critically underserved, especially during the pandemic. Read more


Golisano Medical Oncology Center Celebrates First Year Anniversary

Niagara Falls, NY–Jul 30, 2021–Representatives from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Golisano Foundation celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Golisano Medical Oncology Center today. The $2 million center made possible with a $1.5 million gift from Tom Golisano, is a member site of the Roswell Park Care Network. It has seen more than 2,000 patients in the past year, exceeding expectations and underscoring the importance of this center in Niagara County. Read more


Roberts Wesleyan College Breaks Ground on $15 Million
Golisano Community Engagement Center

Rochester, NY — May 18, 2021 – Roberts Wesleyan College and community leaders used branded shovels today as they broke ground on the Golisano Community Engagement Center. “Let’s break ground to connect the community!” President Deana L. Porterfield exclaimed as shovels went into the ground where the 25,000-square-foot, two-story center will be housed on the north side of the Roberts campus. Construction starts today and is expected to take 14 months. Tom Golisano made a $7.5 million gift from Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano to build the innovative new Center. The official grand opening is anticipated to be in summer 2022. Read more & see virtual tour


Golisano Center for Special Needs Opens at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

Sensory room in new Golisano Center for Special Needs

Syracuse, NY -- April 27, 2021-- Upstate has opened the Golisano Center for Special Needs, designed to streamline autism care for children in the region.The center provides comprehensive, coordinated and scientifically-based medical and behavioral care for children and adolescents with many types of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Tom Golisano donated $3 million for the center and the Upstate Foundation continues to raise funds to support and expand its services. Read more


A Special Olympics Athletes Thank You to Tom Golisano

Special Olympics athletes put together this great video on how Healthy Communities is making a difference and improving their access to health and wellness programs world-wide. Tom Golisano has made gifts of more than $37 million to support the global effort to open doors to inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities.



Annual Spread the Word Inclusion Campaign Kicks-off This Week

Rochester, NY -- March 2, 2021 -- The Golisano Foundation is again joining Special Olympics and Best Buddies to challenge the communities it serves to Spread the Word Inclusion and encourage connection. Wednesday, March 3, is this year's global Inclusion Day of activation. Read more


News 2020

Golisano Foundation Awards $229,500 to 10 Organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida in 4th Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

$1,337,300 in COVID-19 Grants Have Been Awarded to Date

Rochester, NY -- July 27, 2020 -- The Golisano Foundation announced today that it has awarded the fourth round of COVID-19 Response Grants totaling $229,500. Grants totaling $215,500 have been awarded to six organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western New York and Southwest Florida. Four grants totaling $14,000 have been awarded by Bailey and Friends to organizations supporting animal welfare in Western NY and Southwest Florida. The grants will assist organizations with urgent needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. This round of grants brings the Foundation's total COVID-19 Response Grant funding to $1,337,300. Read more


WXXI & Golisano Foundation Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act with Move to Include Programming

Rochester, NY -- July 17, 2020 -- July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President George H. W. Bush’ssigning into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. To commemorate this landmark law, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation will present special programming, virtual screenings, and news features. The programming is part of Move to Include, a national initiative founded in Rochester by WXXI and the Golisano Foundation that has been expanded to five other communities thanks to a grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Read more


Golisano Medical Oncology Center, a Member Site within the Roswell Park Care Network, is Dedicated at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center - Making Cancer Care More Accessible in Niagara

July 16, 2020 -- Niagara Falls, New York -- Proponents of making high-end health care services more accessible to people in Niagara County had reason to celebrate today in downtown Niagara Falls. In a ceremony streamed live on Facebook – an event kept small in accordance with current health guidelines regarding group gatherings – representatives from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center along with Golisano Foundation Executive Director Ann Costello dedicated the new Golisano Medical Oncology Center, a member site within the Roswell Park Care Network. Read more


Golisano Foundation Awards $416,000 in Third Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

Rochester, NY -- June 22, 2020 -- The Golisano Foundation announced today that it has awarded $416,000 to 11 organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida in its third round of COVID-19 Response Grants.  

This brings the Foundation's total COVID-19 Response Grant funding to date to $1,107,800.  Read more



Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness Building Opens with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Rochester, NY -- June 18, 2020 -- The Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness Building opened on June 18 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. This building, established in 2017 thanks to $5 million gift from Tom Golisano, and completed thanks to the contributions of additional donors, will help address the rising need for pediatric behavioral health in the region. Read more


Golisano Foundation Awards $265,500 in Second Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

Rochester, NY -- May 28, 2020 -- The Golisano Foundation announced today that it has awarded $265,500 to ten organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida in its second round of COVID-19 Response Grants. This brings the Foundation's total COVID-19 Response Grant funding to date to $691,800. Read more


Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building Virtual Opening Celebration Scheduled for June 18th

Rochester, NY -- May 28, 2020 -- The new Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Center, will be opening soon! A virtual ribbon-cutting will be celebrated on June 18th. "We are all very excited for the opening, said Michael Scharf, Chief of Clinical Service, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. "Behavioral health conditions impact one in five children and adolescents, leading to a variety of forms of suffering, impairment, and at times disability or life threatening situations. Currently only 20 percent of youth with these conditions ever see a mental health professional. Barriers to access, including service capacity, can lead to delays in care and situations worsening to crisis levels. The children and families of our region deserve better." Read more


Golisano Foundation Awards $426,300 in First Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

Rochester, NY -- May 14, 2020 -- The Golisano Foundation announced today that is has awarded $426,300 in its first round of COVID-19 Response Grants. Now through the end of October 2020, the foundation is redirecting approximately $2 million in grant funding to assist organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida due to the coronavirus crisis.  Read more


Health Resources on COVID-19

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Statement from Tom Golisano in response to the article on Bloomberg that ran on March 25, 2020

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Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing, Waterford Institute of Technology Partner to Advance Health Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The Golisano Institute of Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College and the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Dublin, Ireland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in the field of intellectual disability nursing.  This is the second MoU between WIT and Fisher. The signing took place on February 20 at a symposium on Intellectual Disability Nursing held at WIT.  Foundation Director Ann Costello participated in the event. Read more


Tom Golisano's First Book Built Not Born is Launched - A Self-Made Billionaire’s No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs

New York, NY -- February 11, 2020 -- With $3,000 and a credit card, Tom Golisano became a billionaire and grew the company he founded, Paychex, to a $30 billion market valuation and more than 670,000 customers.  How? By spotting an opportunity that giant established competitors did not: that more money could be made off of the 95% of the payroll services market that are small businesses than the deep-pocketed corporate giants getting chased by everyone else. Now he share his inisght in his first book, Built, Not Born. Read more


First Ever Festival of Inclusion Announced is March 1st - Will Kick off This Year's Regional Spread the Word Inclusion Campaign

Rochester, NY -- February 5, 2020 -- The Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies are joining together to host the first ever Festival of Inclusion on Sunday, March 1. The inspirational day of fun and games is free and will be held at the new Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave in Rochester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new event will kick-off the annual Spread the Word Inclusion campaign. Read more





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