Transition News for Our Partners

Dear Partners,

We wish to thank you for your patience as we have managed a transition of leadership at the Foundation through the Fall. We are happy to announce that Rachel Sherman has accepted a newly-created position of Vice President of Operations with the Foundation. Rachel has been engaged with us as a consultant after the departure of our long-time Executive Director. Her new position will begin on February 1, when her focus will be on implementing the Foundation’s strategic direction as it relates to impact investing and financial sustainability, family engagement and governance, and administrative matters. Rachel brings with her over ten years’ experience working with family foundations, as well as management and client relations expertise, most recently as Vice President of Client Service at a family office and trust company. Prior to that, she practiced law in private practice. With her volunteer time, she represents asylum seekers on a pro bono basis and assists agencies that serve refugees.

We are also pleased to announce that we are creating an important, new position to help us advance our mission of reducing poverty in the Rochester area by lessening housing instability and the impact of trauma on youth and families. This position will be focused on programming, grantmaking, and communications with the aim of increasing the Foundation's impact and growing our valuable collaborations in our mission area. The details of this position will be finalized and announced in the new year.

We wish you all warm holiday greetings and look forward to the work we will do together in 2020!

The Board of the Wilson Foundation
December 19, 2019

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

Let’s work together to reduce the impact of trauma and housing instability on youth and families in our community. We welcome applications that fall into any of our areas of strategic focus: Capacity Building, Collaboration, Prevention, or Advocacy. Together we can be a catalyst for change.

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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.