Foundation News
November 10, 2022
Move to Include Awarded $1.65 Million 5-Year Grant to Expand
The Golisano Foundation has awarded WXXI Public Media a $1.65 million five-year grant in support of the continuation and expansion of Move to Include. The initiative was launched in 2014 by WXXI and the Foundation to use the power of public media to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities. In 2020 Move to Include was expanded to five additional PBS stations. With this grant, WXXI will continue to strengthen core Move to Include content and productions, support the Inclusion Desk, hire a dedicated project manager to oversee productions, and partner with 40 new PBS stations nationwide to implement Move to Include in their communities. Read more
$300,000 Grant to The Arc of Monroe Helps Support Aging with Grace, Aging in Place Initiative 
The Golisano Foundation is pleased to award a grant of $300,000 to The Arc of Monroe to support the Aging with Grace, Aging in Place Initiative. The grant will help construct two fully accessible ranch homes for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may live their lives fully without needing to be displaced due to mobility challenges or other concerns that arise as a result of aging. We applaud The Arc for taking a thoughtful approach to serving those with I/DD in transformational ways and maintaining their quality of life. Read more
Applications Now Open for 2023-24 Golisano Institute Developmental Disability Nursing Fellowship
The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher University is accepting applications for its 2023-2024 Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing program. Designed for nursing leaders and scholars from the health care, education, and policy sectors, the 12-month fellowship brings together experts and mentors with a wealth of experience to promote the health equity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 2021-2022 Golisano fellows and mentors came from the U.S., Canada, and Ireland and engaged with health experts from Yale Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, University College London, the University of Toronto, the Arc of the United States, and others focused on improving health equity for individuals with IDD. Read more

Applications will be accepted until Dec.30, 2022. Candidates will be selected by Feb. 15, 2023. The fellowship, held in an online format, will run from June 2023 to June 2024. To be a part of the future of IDD nursing apply here.
Marie Golisano Graham Fund Supports Outreach for Golisano Collection at RIT Archives
A gift from the Marie Golisano Graham Fund is supporting new ways for Rochester Institute of Technology to engage the public with the life and legacy of her brother, B. Thomas Golisano — Paychex founder, philanthropist, and civic leader. A new position in the RIT Archives, made possible by the Graham Fund, is dedicated to sharing Golisano’s story through the contents of the B. Thomas Golisano Collection. The Marie Golisano Graham Outreach Archivist, Landyn Hatch, will steward and expand the Golisano collection to include oral histories from people who have known the leader or benefited from his philanthropies. Read more
Heritage Christian Services Completes Remodels and Builds of Five Homes
In just two years, the Heritage Christian Services Homes with Heart capital campaign has completed the remodeling or building of five HCS-supported homes. Three more projects are underway. Homes are located in Clarence Center, Pittsford, Webster, Chili, Sanborn and Penfield. In 2021 the Golisano Foundation awarded the agency a grant of $650,000 toward the campaign to help ensure residents may age in place while maintaining their quality of life by improving the livability and accessibility for individuals living in HCS homes. One of the home's residents, Lynne, loves the new home, saying, "I am excited! A lot more space." Her mother adds, “Having no stairs and a first-floor laundry makes a big difference to Lynne. She really loves doing laundry and she can now do it more safely.” 
Golisano Medical Oncology Center Receives Certification
Congratulations to the Golisano Medical Oncology Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, a member site of the Roswell Park Care Network, has received Association for Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative certification. As a certified QOPI, the Golisano Medical Oncology Center receives detailed reports to benchmark against other top-performing practices, can routinely evaluate performance against quality measures and standards and demonstrates its commitment to quality to patients. Read more
We Welcome our New Golisano
Foundation Trustees
Mary Walsh Boatfield
Mary has led Rochester Rehabilitation as President & CEO since 2015 and President & CEO of Happiness House since 2001. An administrator for most of her career, she has served in the field of developmental disabilities for the past 30 years.
Steve Salluzzo
Steve has been President of Bishop Kearney High School since 2007. He is responsible for the school's overall administration and operation to sustain and enhance the institution’s mission and provide leadership of high-quality academic programs.
Golisano Foundation Grants Awarded in October
The Golisano Foundation was pleased to approve $2,259,000 in grants in October to the following organizations:

Abilities Movement
$15,000 towards program expansion to improve health/fitness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through adapted fitness and sports, personal training, community-based group fitness classes, and outdoor programming.

Arc of Monroe
$300,000 towards the Aging with Grace, Aging in Place Initiative to construct two fully accessible ranch homes for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by the Arc of Monroe.

Best Buddies
$250,000 ($150,000 for year 1, $100,000 for year 2) to be used towards the Pre-Employment Training Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western New York and Southwest Florida.

Gliding Stars
$20,000 towards the Adaptive Ice-Skating program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

$5,000 towards the KEYS Music Therapy Outreach program for children with disabilities to enhance and improve their quality of life through the joy of music.

Rochester City Ballet
$4,000 towards the production of the 2022 Nutcracker performance making it more inclusive and accessible for children with disabilities.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center
$15,000 to support the DATA program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder, an art and technology education program teaching media art and social skills to further life and career goals.

WXXI Public Broadcasting
$1,650,000 ($330,000/yr. for 5 years) to support the continuation and expansion of the Move to Include (MTI) multi-media initiative to other stations across the country to increase engagement and impact on issues, experiences, and perspectives of the disability community.

Bailey and Friends Grants Awarded in October
Bailey and Friends approved grants totaling $60,100 to the following organizations in October:

Cape Coral Animal Shelter
$12,000 towards the purchase of kennels, surgical instruments, and medications and vaccinations that expired due to Hurricane Ian.

Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA
$5,700 to be used towards the purchase of an autoclave, ultrasonic cleaner, and additional surgical equipment necessary to grow the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Program.

Humane Society Naples
$6,000 to be used towards the Operation Rescue Program which provides free emergency pet boarding for pet owners facing financial hardship, hospitalization, displacement, and or impacts from natural disasters.

Humane Society of Yates County
$10,000 to support spay and neuter services as well as surgical materials and supplies for the shelter’s in-house veterinary clinic.

Meals of Hope
$6,000 to purchase dog and cat food for distribution to food-insecure families and pet-serving agencies in Collier and Lee Counties.

ROC The Dogs Rescue
$5,000 to be used towards veterinary costs for spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and emergency surgeries as well as to purchase supplies for foster families.

SPCA Serving Erie County
$8,000 towards the OASIS (Owned Animal Subsidy and Intervention Service) Program which provides necessary veterinary care for pets whose owners face financial and accessibility barriers.

Wyoming County SPCA
$7,400 to be used towards the installation of new lighting fixtures for the cat and dog shelter areas.

About the Golisano Foundation
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, civic leader, and founder 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 $60 million in gross assets, it awards about $3 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.