A Message from the Senior Director of Programs

My arrival at the Wilson Foundation coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding social distancing. Albeit challenging, my background serving across multiple human service systems has prepared me well to help the Foundation make decisions to best aid community efforts during this difficult time. As an individual who has served in case management and clinical […]

Commitment to Racial Equity

As a Foundation rooted in our Founders’ hearts and vision for acting as a catalyst for change, the Board of the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation aligns with the goals of the global Black Lives Matter movement. We state, unequivocally, our commitment to racial equity, and we stand against all forms of racism, […]

Some Things Never Change

Our co-founder Joe Wilson said, “We overestimate what we can do in the short run—and underestimate what we can do in the long run.”[1] This belief applied not only to his business endeavors, for which he arguably ranks among the most revered leaders of industry and a favorite son of Rochester, but also to his […]

2018 Annual Report

The Wilson Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report is available for review.  Find out how the Foundation deployed its assets, plus information on leadership and finances.  Read the full report here.

Wilson Foundation brings largesse home to Rochester

The Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation will come full circle this year as it restates its commitment to Rochester through a renewed focus on poverty reduction and investment in the region. The organization, established by Xerox Corp. founder Joseph Wilson and his wife in 1963, has through the years funded a number of […]

Strategic Plan Definitions

Please consider this short guide on what the Foundation means by some of the terms in its new strategic plan. Overall, the plan states: Reduce the impact of trauma and housing instability on youth and families.  We mean trauma and/or housing, and we mean youth and/or families.  Trauma–A response to a real or perceived threat. […]

Advocacy Funding

Wilson Foundation strategic focus area #4: Advocacy will provide a voice for issues and solutions relating to trauma and housing instability. A lot of the talk about poverty in Rochester revolves around system change.  The system is broken.  We need to fix the system.  If the different parts of the system worked together.  At the […]

Prevention Funding

Wilson Foundation strategic focus area #3: Prevention support will work to prevent traumatic events and the effects after experiencing an event, as well as preventing homelessness for families. Our community has been funding programs for decades, with varying degrees of long-term success.  It is a natural reaction to see a problem and to try to […]