Philanthropy

"The only wealth you get to keep is the wealth you give away."

Tom Golisano demonstrates ongoing generosity and commitment to the greater Rochester, New York community, home of Paychex corporate headquarters, and other organizations in Upstate and Western New York, and Southwest Florida.

In 1985, with an initial gift of $90,000, Tom Golisano launched his first philanthropic endeavor by establishing the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation. Today, with assets of more than $40 million, the Foundation awards grants to organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and offering support to their families. In addition to the family Foundation's contributions, Mr. Golisano has been very generous to other institutions and organizations. Since the late 1990s Mr. Golisano's philanthropy totals more than $310 million.

2018

On October 20, 2018, St. John Fisher College, Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation announced today the creation of the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing thanks to a $5.8 million gift, $5 million from Tom Golisano and $800,000 from the Golisano Foundation.  The Institute will be fully integrated into Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing and is designed to transform the health care and support of individuals with developmental disabilities.  

On June 14, 2018, Nazareth College officially broke ground on its $23.5 million Golisano Training Center. The 91,000-square-foot center will bring together the strengths of Nazareth College, Special Olympics, and the Golisano Foundation to create a new model of inclusion, fitness, and wellness for athletes with intellectual disabilities. It will open in Fall 2019. Mr. Golisano is giving Nazareth $7.5 million for the new training center, which is the largest gift in the College’s history. 

2017

On October 19, 2017, Tom Golisano announced a gift of $5 million to Golisano Children's Hospital at the Unversity of Rochetser Medical Center for a new Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Center. The critically-needed center will serve children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral needs. The new facility will increase the size of the Partial Hospital Program, create accessible offices for Outpatient Services, and provide a new level of care – Intensive Outpatient – that is currently unavailable in our region; and reduce waiting list for servcies. It will co-located near the Golisano Autism Center on the Al Sigl Campus. Both centers are expected to open in 2019.

Tom Golisano made a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the new Golisano Autism Center Rochester, which will expand and enhance autism services to serve the more than 10,000 people diagnosed with autism in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas. CP Rochester, Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp are collaborating to build the new Center.

On April 1, 2017 the community was invited to celebrate the opening of the brand-new, state-of-the-art free-standing Golisano Children's Hospital in Southwest Florida. Mr. Golisano was there to cut the ribbon and speak. Golisano Children's Hosp Makes $100 Million Goal

2016

Tom Golisano committed $7.5 million to Nazareth College on September 21, 2016 for the new Golisano Athletic Training Center that will create a model of inclusion, fitness & wellness.

On July 20, 2016 WXXI Public Broadcasting announced that a $2 million gift from Rochester entrepreneur and philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano helped the station exceed its goal in its multi-year “Go Public” campaign to secure the future of public media in Rochester and to upgrade studios and facilities.

2015

A $3 million donation announced November 25, 2015 from Tom Golisano will help the Al Sigl Community of Agencies transform its facilities to meet 21st century needs.

On July 15, 2015 Tom Golisano, committed $25 million to expand Special Olympics’ health services globally for people with intellectual disabilities, a population that lacks access to adequate healthcare and faces significant health disparities. This was the largest single gift Special Olympics has received in its 47-year history. This gift and $12 million given in 2012 brings his total giving to Special Olympics to $37 million.

On May 27, the new Golisano Children's Hospital at the Universty of Rochester Medical Center was dedicated.

2014

On September 17, 2014, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received a $3.5 million gift, the largest in its history, from businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano to support construction of an innovative new Golisano Center for Community Health. The Center will provide comprehensive integrated health care services to adults with special needs and their families, breaking down barriers to care, preventing individuals from falling through the cracks and helping them live with dignity. It is one of the few centers of its kind in the country.

2013

On December 10 Lee Memorial Health System Foundation celebrated a community commitment of more than $80 million in donations and pledges toward its $100 million Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida capital campaign goal with a Ceremonial Groundbreaking, the new hospital is being built in Ft. Myers. Tom Golisano donated $20 million to launch the campaign.

On October 9, Niagara University formally dedicated the state-of-the-art B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences facility, which opened to Niagara University faculty and students at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester and changes the scientific research and teaching that happens on the campus. Mr. Golisano made a gift of $10 million to the facility that was named in his honor.

For the 9th Year Tom Golisano was the Major Underwriter of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting held in September. The focus was on the progress made since Tom announced a landmark $12 million gift to Special Olympics in 2012 to launch Healthy Communities.

In December 2013 Tom Golisano made a personal gift to establish the Golisano Life Enhancement Fund for individuals with disabilities in upstate NY to be administered through the Future Care Planning Community Pooled Trust.The Funds will provide financial assistance needed for items and other supports to enhance quality of life.

2012

On September 23, at the opening of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, former President William J. Clinton announced that Tom Golisano would provide $12 million to expand Special Olympics’ health-related services to people with intellectual disabilities - one of the largest and most medically underserved disability groups in the world - which will allow for the launch of a new Healthy Communities initiative.

Mr Golisano was the major underwriter for the 8th year of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.

On October 30, Tom Golisano was revealed as the donor of a $20 million matching gift to build a new children’s hospital, which will be named Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Part of the Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only comprehensive children's hospital between St. Petersburg and Miami.

2011

In May 2011, Mr Golisano provided $1,500,000 to support the Capital Campaign at Mercy High School to upgrade buildings and athletic fields and faculties. The Science Wing was named for Mr. Golisano.

In July 2011, Mr. Golisano provided a $20 million gift to expand and modernize the existing Golisano Children's Hospital enabling the University of Rochester Medical Center to construct a new next-generation hospital for children. This gift along with a previous gift of $14 million in 2002 totals $34 million to the Children's Hospital.

In September 2011 Mr. Golisano donated funds to underwrite the 7th Annual Clinton Global Initiative – non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

In November 2011, Mr. Golisano made a $2 million gift to RIT to build the Eugene Polisseni Hockey Center at RIT (in partnership with Polisseni Foundation). The Gene Polisseni Center is named for Golisano's childhood friend and Paychex business partner.

2010

A gift of $150,000 to Special Olympics International in September 2010 was given to expand training and increase the number of health care professionals capable of providing healthcare services to people intellectual disabilities.

In September 2010 funds were donated to underwrite the 6th Annual Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

Mr. Golisano made a challenge grant of $5 million in May 2010 for the new Golisano Children's Museum of Naples, which opened in March 2012 in Naples, Florida. The 30,000-square-foot Museum features ten spectacularly designed, child-scaled exhibits to invite sensory and intellectual exploration.

In April 2010, Mr. Golisano supported the creation of a new Center for Restorative Neurology and Rehabilitation at Unity Health System in Rochester, NY, with a gift of $10 million. The Center will serve adults and children in need of both inpatient and outpatient care for conditions that range from brain and spinal cord injuries to joint replacements to diseases such as multiple sclerosis

2009

In November 2009, Mr. Golisano made a gift of $10.2 million to the Golisano Foundation to assure continued support for programs and services for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.

Mr. Golisano made another gift in November 2009, the first to an organization outside New York State, of $4 million to Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. The gift funded the construction of the University's first indoor athletic facility, the Tom Golisano Field House.

In September 2009, funds were donated to underwrite the 5th annual Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

2008

In October 2008, Mr. Golisano committed $10 million to Niagara University to support construction of a new science building, the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, which will radically alter the teaching and research environment at the university. It is the largest gift the institution has received in its 152-year history. This marks the first major gift Mr. Golisano has made in Western New York outside of the Rochester region.

In September Mr. Golisano donated funds to underwrite the 4th annual Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

In June 2008, Mr. Golisano announced a gift of $4 million to the American Cancer Society and Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School to establish a new Hope Lodge and Hospitality House to accommodate cancer and transplant patients and their families from area and regional hospitals.

2007

In September 2007, Mr. Golisano donated $10 million to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to create the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The Institute, one of the first of its kind in the nation, focuses on research and education in sustainable design, pollution prevention, remanufacturing and alternative energy development. Establishment of The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is consistent with Mr. Golisano's ongoing support of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Golisano is a sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Mr Golisano donated funds to underwrite 3rd annual Clinton Global Initiative, non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

In August 2007 Mr. Goisano made a gift of $2.5 million to Springbrook Upstate Home for Children, in Oneonta, NY that is a residential school for children with developmental disabilities. The gift is part of the agency's Coming Home Campaign. The gift helped renovate and expand current facilities.

2006

In November 2006, Mr. Golisano contributed $750,000 to the Veterans Outreach Center of Rochester, NY. The gift will be used to create the Charles P. Golisano Campus in honor of Mr. Golisano's brother who was killed in the Korean War.

In October 2006, Mr. Golisano donated $1.5 million to Mercy Flight Central of Canandaigua, NY, helping to kickoff the drive to purchase a new Mercy Flight helicopter.

In September 2006, Mr. Golisano donated funds to underwrite the 2nd Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

In March 2006, he made an unprecedented $6 million gift to Our Lady of Mercy High School and Bishop Kearney High School. The gift represented the largest donation ever received from an individual or family by either private school located in Rochester.

2005

In November 2005, Mr. Golisano donated $6 million to Central New York Children's Hospital at University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. In honor of the gift, the hospital was renamed the Golisano Children's Hospital of Central New York at University Hospital. This was the largest gift ever from an individual donor in SUNY history.

In September Mr. Golisano provided funds to underwrite the first Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan effort to bring together community of global leaders to devise and implement solutions to some of world's most pressing challenges. Held in NYC.

In March 2005, Mr. Golisano continued his commitment to health care with a $9 million gift to Rochester General Hospital (part of Rochester Regional Health), helping to establish the B. Thomas Golisano Pavilion and Emergency Center.

2004

In July of 2004, he made a $5 million gift to Hartwick College of Oneonta, NY, which will be used to build a new academic building for the social science and management programs.

Also in July of 2004, Mr. Golisano donated $1 million to Heritage Christian Services of Rochester, a human service agency supporting those with disabilities.

In January 2004, Mr. Golisano contributed $2 million to WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester to help WXXI meet the federal mandate to begin digital broadcasting.

2003

In October 2003, Mr. Golisano donated $5 million to Nazareth College, a private college in Rochester, NY. The gift was used to create the B. Thomas Golisano Academic Complex.

In November 2002, Mr. Golisano donated $5 million to Thompson Health in Canandaigua, NY. The gift will be used to create the Golisano Center for Emergency and Diagnostic Medicine.

2002

In April 2002, Mr. Golisano contributed $14 million to Strong Children's Hospital in Rochester, NY, enabling the hospital to begin a comprehensive fundraising campaign. In honor of the gift, the hospital, which is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, is now known as Golisano Children's Hospital. Mr. Golisano's gift is the largest ever given to the Children's Hospital or the University of Rochester Medical Center by a living donor.

2001

In February 2001, he made a $14 million gift to Rochester Institute of Technology, enabling that university to launch development of a new college that incorporates computing and the Internet with information sciences. The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, named for its founding donor, officially opened in May 2003. It offers students opportunities to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Mr. Golisano honorary chaired RIT's capital campaign, "Powered by the Future." He is also a trustee of RIT.

In October 2001, Mr. Golisano made a $5 million contribution to Roberts Wesleyan College, the largest gift in the history of the small liberal arts college, located in Rochester, NY. The college will use the funds to construct the B. Thomas Golisano Library and Information Resource Center.

1999

In June, 1999 Tom Golisano made the lead gift of $2 million in the Gathering Hearts Capital Campaign. Al Sigl Center is a shared resource organization supporting those with disabilities and their families.