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January 10, 2023

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A Message from Ann Costello

Dear Amanda,

After 23 years in the most fulfilling career I could have imagined, I have decided to retire as Executive Director for the Golisano Foundation, effective June 2, 2023.

While the process of getting to this decision has been full of great emotion, I am excited for the next phase of my life.

I have loved my work at the Foundation and for Tom’s personal philanthropy. It's been a privilege to work with Tom, the board of Trustees, my staff team, and of course all of you, the dedicated people at the agencies and organizations we have supported. Together we have accomplished a great deal, launching innovative partnerships and programs and challenging systems of care to make the world a better place for people with intellectual disabilities.

I look forward to continuing our work together over the next few months to advance the mission of the Foundation. A Golisano Foundation Board of Trustees committee will be formed to appoint a successor. You can read the full press release here.


Ann Costello

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.