Tom Golisano donates $12 million to Special Olympics

Tom Golisano

Tom Golisano

Naples resident and philanthropist Tom Golisano will provide $12 million to expand Special Olympics’ health-related services to people with intellectual disabilities, former President Bill Clinton announced at the opening of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on Sunday.

It is the largest single gift Special Olympics has received from an individual. The gift, which will be given over four years, will allow for the launch of a new Healthy Communities initiative. The goal is to achieve improved health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all are receiving health services and are able to reach their full potential.

The program will be launched in seven countries (Mexico, Peru, Romania, Malawi, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand) and six states (Arizona, Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, Wisconsin and New York).

Forbes last week released its annual Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans, which included Golisano at No. 298 with $1.6 billion.

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