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Goodwin Living Foundation


The Goodwin Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports both residents and staff by raising funds through a variety of philanthropic initiatives. The mission of the Foundation is to generate resources to provide support for current and future residents in need, and team members, and to fund programs dedicated to seniors' well-being and vibrant living and those who care for them.

Established in 1989, the Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary on September 20, 2019. Its primary purpose is to raise, manage, and grant funds for the Goodwin House Fellowship Program, the confidential financial assistance program for residents who have outlived their financial resources, and for qualifying seniors seeking admission to Goodwin House who may need some financial assistance.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that retirement at Goodwin House includes freedom from financial worry. The Fellowship Program is funded solely by charitable contributions; no funds come from residents' fees. Since 1967, more than $13 million has been spent on the Fellowship Program.

As the Foundation matured, it has broadened its vision to include programs and funds that enhance the lives of residents and older adults in Northern Virginia. The Foundation generates resources for several Goodwin House and Goodwin Living programs and funds including those listed below. You can also learn more here.

Many of you have asked about our vehicle donation program and we have good news to share! Since January 2021, 14 cars have been donated to the Goodwin Living Foundation! These donations have resulted in close to $100,000 in gifts to the Foundation, and have provided funding for the care and well-being of our residents and staff. We are so grateful for this support! If you’re thinking about donating your car and have more questions, please reach out to Mary Kate Roberts at 703-824-1027 or The Foundation can connect you with other residents who have donated cars through this program to answer any questions you might have. It’s easy! And the Foundation Team is always available to help you.

The Foundation’s support runs deep throughout the Goodwin House community. Generosity is an integral ingredient in “The Goodwin House Way.” It touches every aspect of our community in whatever is the most pressing need at the time, and it allows for gratitude and joy in every donor who contributes. Giving to Goodwin Living Foundation ensures you are making a difference in people’s lives—when you support residents, you support staff, and when you support staff, you support residents. This circle of generosity is at the core of all that we do at Goodwin Living. Giving to the Foundation means you are making the correlation between the life you or your loved one enjoyed with Goodwin House and the generosity it took to make that happen.

Our confidential financial assistance fund supports residents who, through no fault of their own, have depleted their assets. For more than five decades, Goodwin House has been able to guarantee that no resident would ever be asked to leave because of financial resources. Currently, the Foundation provides approximately $800,000 a year in fellowship support. The residents who receive this support—and their family members—are extremely grateful for the peace of mind that this program offers.

Through the generosity of residents, family members, staff, and friends of Goodwin House, the Foundation provides significant financial support to staff. We have financial assistance programs for staff members who experience unexpected financial setbacks. We offer tuition support and other professional development opportunities so that our staff can thrive in their lives, and realize their career and educational aspirations. Most recently, our Staff Support Program offered grants to cover US citizenship application fees. We are proud that by 2022, 122 members of our staff have received grants for the $725 citizenship application fee to assist them in their journey to US citizenship. In 2022 the citizenship application fee grants were also made available to one person in a staff member's immediate family.

All gifts are fully tax-deductible under IRS regulations and may provide additional tax advantages for a donor.

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