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A Special Message from Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation on the Coronavirus Situation

Dear Friends:

First, let me say thank you for all that you are doing to support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities during this unprecedented time.

I am so impressed with the creativity that agencies are using to keep as many services going as possible, maintain safety and quality of services, stay in touch with people and put programs online and in homes.

I understand the pressures that you are feeling now, supporting our most vulnerable population who have pre-existing conditions and are feeling a sense of isolation. On top of that you are managing direct care workers who need to be in close contact with people.  

We are aware of the implications this crisis has on your organization and staff -  both short-term and longer term.  Please know that we will be as flexible as possible as we navigate this uncharted territory together, with our grant objectives, progress reports, deadlines, and terms so that you can focus on your emergent needs.

How we as a foundation use our resources will likely evolve considering the evolving needs of the organizations we support. So as your services and systems change, we are open to exploring alternatives and options with you.  

We are committed to working with you and to exploring how to develop supportive measures so would love to know your ideas.

Like you, we are working from home following health official’s recommendations do our part and help prevent the spread of this virus. But we are checking our emails so please email us with any questions on grants or processes and we will respond to you in a timely manner.

On behalf of all of us at the Golisano Foundation, our staff and trustees, thank you for your tireless work around the clock, and commitment to those with IDD.  

We are with you.

Thank you.
Ann Costello
Executive Director


Grants 2019



American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
$10,000
2019 AADMD Conference in Rochester provides education to health care providers for people with IDD.

Best Buddies Upstate New York
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14620
$80,000
Support for one on one friendship program between students with and without disabilities

Cobblestone Arts Center
1622 Route 332
Farmington, New York 14425
$20,000
Purchase multi-sensory and snoozlen equipment to benefit students on the autism spectrum and other disorders

Danceability
2365 George Urban Blvd.
Depew, New York 14043
$25,000
Dance movement program for individuals with special needs

David’s Refuge
8195 Cazenovia Road
Manlius, New  York 13104
$2,000
Respite support for parents of children with developmental disabilities in the Rochester area

Gliding Stars of Rochester
1307 Military Road
Buffalo, New York 14217
$15,000
Adaptive ice skating program for individuals with disabilities

Grace Community Services
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14620
$15,000
New equipment and home modification to improve mobility and accessibility for residents

Rochester City Ballet
1326 University Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607
$3,000
To provide children with autism an opportunity to experience the performing arts with a sensory–friendly production of Sleeping Beauty

Special Olympics International
504 Balltown Road
Schenectady, New York 12304
$95,000
Expand Unified Champion Schools program in Secion 5 (Finger Lakes) and Western NY

SUNY College @ Brockport Research Dept
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, New York 14420
$15,000
Camp Abilities 2019 – Summer camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired

Alzheimer’s Association Finger Lakes Region
435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14620
$25,000
Train staff on best practices for caring for people with IDD who also have dementia

Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter
6215 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100
Buffalo, New York 14221
$25,000
Train staff on best practices for caring for people with IDD who also have dementia

Best Buddies  SW Florida
5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Suite 105
Fort Myers, Fl 33907
$50,000
Establish a regional office in SW Florida for one on one friendship between students with and without disabilities

Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester, Inc
500 Genesee Street
Rochester, New York 14611
$15,000
Create a sensory room for youth with autism and other developmental disabilities

CDS Unistel
860 Hard Road
Webster, New York 14580
$100,000
Upgrade spice grinding equipment and facility in order to transition to integrated workplace

Center for Disability Rights Rochester Rookies
497 State Street
Rochester, New York 14608
$10,000
Rochester Rookies adaptive sport program for youth with disabilities

Gigi’s Playhouse Inc.
372 North Goodman Street
Rochester, New York 14607
$50,000
Speech and language program to teach effective speech and communication skills to individuals of all ages with Down syndrome

Greentopia
81 Browns Race
Rochester, New York 14614
$10,000
Inclusive summer employment program for students with developmental
disabilities

Hochstein School of Music
50 N. Plymouth Avenue
Rochester, New York 14614
$25,000
Expressive Arts-Music, dance and art therapy for individuals with developmental disabilities

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Rochester / Finger Lakes Chapter
1425 Jefferson Road
Rochester, New York 14623
$5,000
2019 Summer camp for youth with muscular dystrophy

WXXI Public Broadcasting
280 State Street
Rochester, New York 14603
$200,000
Year-round disability programming and inclusive education using radio, TV and other media venues (Move to Include)

Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester
PO Box 826
Webster, New York 14580
$10,000
Renovations to playground next to Miracle Field for youth with disabilities

LARC, Inc
2570 Hanson Street
Fort Myers, Fl 33901
$120,000
Renovations to the existing campus bathrooms, flooring, and technology upgrades and for a new staff position for LAB

Lifetime Assistance
425 Paul Road
Rochester, New York 14624
$250,000
Renovations to the Lowry Day Services Center

Medical Motor Service of Rochester
608 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, New York 14620
$25,000
Purchase new software to streamline scheduling and routing of vehicles

NYSARC, Inc, Ontario County Chapter
3071 County Complex Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
$25,000
Bad Dog Boutique, inclusive employment opportunities and training

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Part
151 Charlotte Street
Canandaigua, NY 144324
$1,250
Inclusive summer camp

STARability Foundation
868 99th Avenue N.
Naples, Fl 34108
$70,000
Trailblazer Academy-training and employment program for young adults with disabilities who have aged out of school supported services

ARC of Monroe County
2060 Brighton Henrietta Towline Road
Rochester, New York 14623
$100,000
The Arc of Monroe Home Makeover Challenege

Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc
1201 Hardscrabble Road
Cassville, Ny 13318
$20,000
Training and placement of guide and therapy dogs

Gigi’s Playhouse Inc.
611 Paradise Road
East Amherst, NY 14051
$25,000
Renovate and furnish a Buffalo facility to house Gigi’s Playhouse

Happiness House
731 Pre-Emption Road
Geneva, New York 14456
$250,000
Age in Place Apartments

People, Inc.
1219 North Forest Road, P.O. Box 9033
Williamsville, New York 14231-9033
$300,000
Elmwood Health Center Dental Clinic

St. John Fisher
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618
$200,000
For creation of Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at the Wegmans School of Nursing

Best Buddies Upstate New York
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14620
$80,000
Support for one on one friendship program between students with and without disabilities

Year-to-Date: $2,271,250