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Golisano Foundation, Golisano make Forbes list of top givers


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The Golisano Foundation and Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Inc., made a Forbes magazine’s list of the top 30 givers and causes announced this month.

Golisano was recognized for $25 million in donations to Special Olympics to expand health-related services in more than 100 sites around the world. In total, his foundation has contributed $37 million toward the Healthy Communities project to address severe health disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities, the foundation said.

The list, developed by the magazine in conjunction with the nonprofit advisory firm, the Bridgespan Group, looked at major donations in 2015 to create a list of "Philanthropy’s Big Bets for Social Change of 2015."

"Having activated year-round health programming in more than 55 locations since our launch, we are ‘imagining the possibilities’ and on our way to reaching our target of 100 Healthy Communities around the world within five years," said Ann Costello, executive director of the Golisano Foundation.

"Although progress is steady and significant, the evidence still points to the need for more work. Too few people know the glaring and oftentimes preventable and treatable health problems experienced by people with intellectual disabilities. In communities around the world, people with intellectual disabilities are not receiving equitable health care."

Other donors on the list include Bill and Melinda Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Donald Graham, William and Karen Ackman, David and Dana Dornsife, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lilly Endowment, the Rockefeller Foundation and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

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