Meet Our Funders

The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation in partnership with the University of Rochester, founded the Institute in 2008. The foundation provided $2 million dollars of critical support to launch the Institute. The Institute is focused on improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, as the individuals transition from school age to adulthood.


The Institute for Innovative Transition receives funding through grants, gifts and contracts. Funding is currently provided by the New York State Developmental Disability Planning Council, the U.S. Department of EducationThe Ohio State University and Friends of the Warner School of Education.


To learn more about how your financial support could have a meaningful impact on the work of the Institute and individuals and families served by our mission, please contact Preston Faulkner at 585-276-3636 or