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, […]

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 […]

Connections: The impact of multi-generational trauma

Trauma affects families of all ethnicities, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and it can be the result of a number of factors: crimes against humanity; terrorism; natural disasters; poverty; and more. While scientists have studied its impact on victims’ mental and physical health, research on the impact and scope of multi-generational trauma is just beginning to […]

Trauma-Informed Grantmaking

Taking a number may be OK in a deli line, but not when you’re trying to get your life back in order. Then, it’s helpful to have more personal attention. Grants from two of the area’s influential foundations will train human service agencies in a more customer-friendly style of service. The Rochester Area Community Foundation and […]

Trauma-Informed Schools

More kids than you may realize in Monroe County are dealing with trauma. On this edition of Need to Know, we discuss the severe impact of traumatic experiences on youth and how area organizations propose we deal with it.    

The Wilson Community Pediatrics Fund

Inspired by the generosity and legacy of its founders, Joseph C. Wilson ’31 and Peggy Wilson, the Wilson Foundation has awarded $500,000 to establish The Wilson Community Pediatrics Fund in the Division of General Pediatrics at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.  This special gift will allow the division unparalleled opportunity to advance and accelerate projects […]

SHIFT Study in the Capital Region

The SHIFT Study links maternal trauma symptom severity and low self-esteem to long-term residential instability. The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS) in Albany helps share the study’s information in relation to the Capital Region.

The new face of homelessness

For many people in Rochester, the crushing snowfall this year is one that will not soon be missed. But for those without homes — especially homeless families — the challenges of this winter were altogether more difficult. Despite varying data suggesting that the overall rate of homelessness is up or down, what is undeniable is […]

Study highlights link between homelessness, trauma

Mothers and children currently account for a higher percentage of the nation’s homeless population than at any time since the Great Depression. According to a study released last week — which focused partly on the Capital Region — these families overwhelmingly share one pervasive link: homeless mothers having been physically or sexually abused. According to […]