He is the founder (1971) and chairman of the Board of Paychex, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, New York. In 1985, Golisano established the Golisano Foundation, which supports and partners with organizations providing opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure they have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. The Foundation also supports animal welfare through a separate and restricted fund, Bailey and Friends.
Active in business and philanthropy, Golisano mentors entrepreneurs who run the businesses in which he has invested, providing direct and practical insight. His mantra, “Be brave, be fair, act with integrity and above all, always strive to create a good deal for everyone” can be found throughout the pages of his first book, Built, Not Born released in 2020. Golisano continues to oversee his family’s charitable foundation, has donated more than $40 million to a wide range of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities. In addition to the family foundation, his personal philanthropy to a myriad of institutions and organizations totals more than $330 million.
His work and contributions as a change-maker have resulted in an extensive personal archive. This rich collection reflects the multi-faceted life of its namesake, and the transformational impacts Golisano has made personally and professionally.