February 2021
March 3
This Year's Global Day of Activation
presented by

This past year, we have seen the effects that isolation and exclusion can have on us individually, as a community, as a country, and as a global community.

A pandemic, physical distancing, powerful reminders of overdue action needed for justice and equity, disruptions to the building blocks of social interaction, and more, have both energized and exhausted us. They have separated and divided us. They have disconnected us from each other. And when we are disconnected, we are robbed of the opportunity to learn and grow together.

Building on our grassroots experience from the Spread the Word campaign, this year we are focusing on the importance of connection.

Connection is about building relationships with others who in turn feel seen, heard, and valued. Connection is at the root of inclusion. And although the tools we use to connect may change, our shared need for connection does not.

We invite you and your organization to again join us and plan an activity to encourage connection on Wednesday, March 3rd, which is the global Inclusion Day of activation.

Here are some virtual ways in which you can participate:

  1. Encouraging people to sign the pledge page online
  2. Send e-mails
  3. Text /call your family and friends
  4. Use your social networks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Linkedin
  5. Join Spread the Word Inclusion’s social networking pages
  6. Send an Evite to friends to take the pledge and spread the word online.

I look forward to hearing about what you are doing. Just sign up and take the pledge on the links below!

Ann Costello
Executive Director, Golisano Foundation
for more information & resources on spreading
the word this year. 
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, it awards about $2 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.