Richard is one of the most successful businessmen in Rochester as well as one of the area’s most engaged civic leaders. His leadership, vision, and compassion informs his work as chairman of the board of Constellation and as a philanthropic leader and community champion in the Greater Rochester region.
In 2016, The Sands Family Supporting Foundation was established with a $61 million gift to the Rochester Area Community Foundation in order to create a strategic, long-term approach to benefit the community in a sustainable way. Focusing on arts and culture, education, and health grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are made available to local non-profits. Richard and his family have committed to being actively involved in making their financial contributions even more impactful and strategic. Currently, Richard is the Chairman of Constellation Brands, Inc. and serves as Chairman of Education Success Network. He serves on the board of trustees for the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. Richard is also Chairman of the Friends of the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center and Chairman of Cerion.
His work supports the idea “school is the first community” and the impact of these early experiences leads to success throughout life.