In keeping with the legacy of its founders, the William & Sheila Konar Foundation supports organizations, programs, and institutions making progress in five key areas. These areas are inextricably linked to the lived experience of William and Sheila Konar. By supporting programs in these areas, the Konar Foundation strives to improve the lives of individuals and elevate communities.

Pre-K Through 12 Education 

Education is the door to opportunity for individuals, and well-educated citizens are key to civil society. We believe that every child, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income, deserves access to the best possible education. We hope to help our community’s public schools overcome their educational challenges, and to create opportunities for better learning and advancement for all students. Learn More >

Jewish Life & Culture

William Konar was a lifelong believer in the power of community. Strengthening the Jewish community both locally and globally is thus a commitment that honors Bill’s life and his faith. Through conscious philanthropy, the Konar Foundation hopes to add to the collective capacity for our community to pursue tikkun olam, the repair of the world. Learn More >

Cultural & Civic Organizations

We cannot forget the cultural and civic organizations which bring us together and promote greater understanding. By nurturing opportunities for artistic and personal development, especially for youth and older adults, we enhance and celebrate the depth of our communities. Learn More >

Health Care Access

No effort to improve the lives of individuals would be complete without consideration of health care. The William & Sheila Konar Foundation is committed to supporting programs that incorporate innovation, creativity, and compassion in the delivery of health care services, especially to vulnerable populations. Our partnerships with Rochester’s academic medical centers constitute some of our most exciting and impactful work to date. Learn More >

Tolerance Education

A representative democracy cannot sustain itself without responsible leadership and active citizenship. Learning from past failures of leadership and citizenship provides powerful lessons about the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values and human dignity. Learn More >