Tom Golisano made his first philanthropic gift when he established the Golisano Foundation in 1985.
The Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to helping people with intellectual disabilities.
Through his funding of needed services and innovative initiatives his giving has focused on “Imagining the possibilities”—making the world a better place for people with intellectual disabilities, enhancing their dignity, and giving them the opportunity to achieve and maximize their abilities and potential.
Mr. Golisano has shown through his philanthropy that he is champion for people with I/DD, and that he truly understands the needs of the I/DD community. His philanthropy has been a shining example of all that can be accomplished, and all that needs to be done.
In addition to establishing the Golisano Foundation, which has given millions of dollars to serve people with I/DD, his generous personal philanthropy totaling more than $250 million has helped advance healthcare and education for hospitals, colleges, universities and others organizations.