Who we Are

The vision of the Wilson Foundation is to act as a catalyst for change

The change in the nature, role and strength of the family and the community has alienated individuals and citizens from each other and their institutions resulting in a significant decline in the quality of life for all of us. Our mission is to improve the quality of life through initiating and supporting projects that measurably demonstrate a means of creating a sense of belonging within the family and the community.

Work with us

The Wilson Foundation considers grants in three categories: Strategic Grants, Rochester Small Grants and Discretionary Grants. Strategic and Discretionary grants are solicited by request of the Foundation only. Non-profit organizations in the Rochester, NY area may apply to the Rochester Small Grants program. Applications are received on a rolling submission basis.


The SHIFT study examined long-term outcomes of families in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany residing in three types of housing programs: emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. It identifies trauma as pervasive among homeless mothers and is a predictor of unemployment, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and long-term residential instability. Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States, approaching 40% of the total homeless population. View the Full Study from The National Center on Family Homelessness.