Foundation News
May 28, 2020
$265,500 Awarded in Second Round of COVID-19 Response Grants
We are pleased to announce the second round of   COVID-19 Response Grants totaling $265,500 to organizations in Western NY and Southwest Florida. The Foundation's COVID-19 Response Grant funding now totals $691,800.

Grants announced today totaling $260,000 will help the following organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with urgent needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic: 
  • Alzheimer's Association of the Finger Lakes - $ 20,000
  • Alzheimer's Association of WNY - $20,000
  • Arc of Livingston Wyoming - $65,000
  • Camp Abilities - $5,000
  • Catholic Charities Community Services - $50,000
  • CDS Monarch - $35,000
  • School of the Holy Childhood - $50,000
  • Special Touch Bakery - $15,000

Grants totaling $5,500 from the Foundation’s  Bailey and Friends Fund   will go to the following organizations dedicated to animal welfare that are experiencing unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 outbreak:                              
  • Humane Society Naples, Florida - $2,000
  • SPCA in Cattaraugus County - $3,500
Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building Virtual Opening Celebration Scheduled for June 18th
Golisano BHW Building
The new Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness Center will be opening soon! A virtual ribbon-cutting will be celebrated on June 18th and the building will open to patients by end of the month.

"We are all very excited for the opening," said Dr. 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% 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.

"And now, thanks to the generosity of Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation, we are looking forward to taking a huge step forward in addressing the youth mental health crisis in our region and to serve as a national role model for responding to the crisis."
Highlights from Round 1 COVID-19 Response Grants Helping Organizations with Urgent Needs
We are pleased to share highlights of the innovative work being done with some of our first round of COVID-19 Response Grants . We applaud
everyone's creativity and dedication to keep essential services
going during these difficult times.
Grant Helps Heritage Christian Services Cover Unexpected Costs
Best Buddies in Southwest Florida & NY Provide Virtual Programming
SNIP Collier Continuing Outreach Efforts
During Shutdown
Wyoming County SPCA is Making it through Tough Times
New Surgical Mask Assembly Line at Mozaic Finger Lakes Textile Facility Producing 3,000 Surgical Masks a Week
A big thanks to Mozaic for making an important contribution to the COVID-19 prevention effort. The new Surgical Mask Assembly line at Mozaic's Finger Lakes Textile Facility is currently cranking out 3,000 surgical masks per week and orders keep flooding in.

Edward Sayles, Director of Development says, "Had we not done the major building expansion, which was supported by a $30,000 grant from the Golisano Foundation in 2018, there would have been no room to set up this production line." 

Mozaic is the largest provider of services for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in NY's Finger Lakes region. Its dedicated staff of 600, assist and support 2,000-plus persons and their families in Cayuga, Yates and Seneca Counties. It is a state chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and a member of the national organization, The Arc.
Register Now for AADMD's 18th Annual
One Voice for Inclusive Health
Virtual Conference June 5-7th
Register now for AADMD's 18th annual   One Voice for Inclusive Health Conference June 5-7 , which will be virtual this year. AADMD is working to reverse healthcare inequality for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and this year you can do that from the comfort of your home. View everything live, in real-time OR view the recordings afterward at their convenience! And going virtual has more advantages - discounted prices. Breakouts start June 9th. View Agenda

During this virtual conference, you can: 
  • Watch plenary and breakouts live (or the recordings later)
  • Ask questions in real-time 
  • Interact with keynote speakers & panelists and engage with exhibitors 
  • Attend 40+ breakout sessions throughout June
  • Vote for your favorite poster presentation, earn continuing education
  • AND NETWORK through the conference app - Attendify
Special Olympics Health In the News!
Check out some of the many recent stories on Special Olympics' work to keep athletes healthy and advocate for access to care. See more stories here!
Special Olympian Chris Nikic trains to be first person with Down syndrome to complete Ironman
Special Olympics health officer on the challenges coronavirus poses for people with disabilities.  

WWE superstar Becky Lynch found a way to top 2019 and give back to Special Olympics

The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. dedicated to making the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Foundation is devoted to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. Founded in 1985 by Tom Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader, and founder and chairman of Paychex, Inc. —the Foundation “imagines the possibilities,” advocating for families, fighting for their dignity and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities. With more than $45 million in gross assets and awards about $2 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.

Bailey and Friends is a new component of the Golisano Foundation that is dedicated to supporting animal welfare in Western NY and Southwest Florida. With a focus on dogs and cats, Bailey and Friends is committed to working with shelters, rescue groups, veterinary clinics and other lifesaving programs to promote wellness, ensure safety and keep pets and families together.