Golisano Foundation

Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation have supported Special Olympics health initiatives for years and recently gave the largest gift in Special Olympics history.
Tom Golisano, right, after announcing his $12 million commitment to Special Olympics Healthy Communities in 2012.

A History of Support


In 2012, businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano committed $12 million over four years towards launching the Special Olympics Healthy Communities initiative.

The goal was to create communities in eight countries and six U.S. States where Special Olympics athletes and other people with intellectual disabilities have the same access to health and wellness resources and services – and can attain the same level of good health – as all community members.

The commitment was made at the opening of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

A $25 Million Gift

Announcing the commitment of $25 million dollars over five years by the Golisano Foundation to support Special Olympics health programs.

In 2015, the Golisano Foundation further expanded its support with a $25 million gift to grow Special Olympics Health work, including scaling the Healthy Communities model to 100 Special Olympics Programs by 2020. Through the generous support of the Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics will continue its work by leveraging Special Olympics programming and stakeholders to break down barriers, improve access to health care and make health inclusive for all people with intellectual disabilities.  
This gift is not only the largest received by Special Olympics, it is also the largest single gift ever given by Tom Golisano. Golisano’s first gift to Special Olympics International was in 2010, to conduct Healthy Athletes trainings of doctors and other health care providers from across the United States.