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November 07, 2012 | Africa: Benin

Business Mindset Crucial to Healthy Communities

By Karl Hejlik

In a guest editorial in the Rochester Business Journal, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver recognized the non-monetary contribution to the Healthy Communities initiative made by New York-based philanthropist Tom Golisano. Golisano recently presented Special Olympics with the first $3 million installment of his $12 million commitment to the effort, but his influence goes well beyond cash. "The business approach that he brings to social problems is invaluable," Shriver writes. "In our case, Tom took his time learning about our existing model for delivering health care at our competitions-and once informed, he pressed us to think differently and aggressively about how we could improve our performance, escalate our impact worldwide and reduce the mistreatment of people with intellectual disabilities."

About Karl Hejlik: SOI Senior Manager, Health and Research Communications

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