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Giving Through The GH Foundation


The Mission of the Goodwin House Foundation is to generate resources for Goodwin House to provide support for current and future residents in need and to fund programs and organizations dedicated to seniors' well-being and vibrant living.

Established in 1989, the Foundation will celebrate 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 programs and funds including those listed below.

Donors can make gifts to the Foundation in many ways including: cash (checks and credit cards), stocks, bonds, property, insurance, annuities, bequests, and other planned giving vehicles. Residents also may give through their monthly GH billing, and staff may give through payroll deduction. Click HERE to be directed to a secure website to give or for more information on making your gift. 

Commemorative gifts may be made “In Memory of...” or “In Honor of...” individuals. Also, the Foundation offers Charitable Gift Annuities. By establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity with the Foundation, the donor and up to one other individual can be provided with a fixed income for life. In addition, the Foundation is pleased to speak with residents, their families, and friends about bequests to the Foundation from their estates.

All gifts are fully tax-deductible under IRS regulations and may even provide additional tax advantages for the donor. To learn more about giving opportunities, please contact Executive Director of Goodwin House Foundation or Director of Development at 703-824-1200.

The Foundation respects the intentions of all donors. In strict compliance with the law and the code of ethics for fundraisers, no gifts intended or designated for one program are used to support any other program. Gifts that are not designated for a specific program always will be used to support the Goodwin House Fellowship Program.


Alice Story Biache Fund

Alice Biache was Goodwin House's Senior Vice President of Professional Services for 25 years. After her death in 1998, her family created the Alice Story Biache Health Education Fellowship Awards for health care staff members who are furthering their education. These awards fund expenses not eligible for reimbursement through GH's Tuition Assistance Program such as textbooks, uniforms, parking, and child care.

The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
This Program benefits students anticipating work in parish ministry or in specialized ministry settings. Students focus on developing pastoral skills, as well as their personal and spiritual development. Students also have the unique opportunity to serve residents who are receiving Hospice care. More than 177 students have commenced from the Goodwin House CPE Program since its inception.
Community Matching Gift Program

CMGP matches qualifying contributions made by Goodwin House residents to 13 nonprofit organizations selected by GH residents that serve seniors in Northern Virginia. Launched in 2002, CMGP matches resident donations up to a maximum of $500 per donor, per organization, per calendar year. CMGP has made an impact by matching, since its inception, $270,000 in resident gifts for a total of $540,000 to support these Partnering organizations. Information on Program Partners is available from the Foundation, at the Reception Desk, and in the Library of each Goodwin House.

Endowment Fund

Gifts to the Foundation's Endowment Fund are invested in perpetuity and only the income from appreciation is used to support Foundation Programs.

Friends Helping Friends

Initiated in 2008, FHF assists GH staff to weather financial stresses. The Program helps staff who may need financial assistance during the holidays to purchase food and gifts for their families. The “staff-to-staff” Program also enables donors to make tax-deductible gifts to support Goodwin House staff members in financial need.

GH Continuing Education Program Fund

The Foundation raises money for this fund so staff members have the opportunity to be trained in the best practices of caring for older adults. Goodwin House believes that access to high-quality, university-based training that incorporates current research on gerontology and the changing needs of older adults is critically important for GH staff. This training helps staff provide residents with the highest quality of life possible.

GHBC Chapel Fund
Donations to the GHBC Chapel Fund are used for the expenses incurred for Spiritual Life activities around GHBC. These donations cover speaker honorariums and fees for the Senior Quest series, honorariums and receptions for periodic organ recitals and similar events, and other special expenses involving the greater spiritual life of the GHBC community. Envelopes are available in the GHBC Chapel, outside the GHBC mailroom, and through the Chaplain’s or GH Foundation offices. If making a contribution designated for that purpose, you will need to note that designation on the Foundation envelope or the memo line of your check, with the check written to Goodwin House Foundation. The envelopes lack sufficient room to list all special fund with the Foundation. For more information, contact Chaplain Theresa M. Brion, or 703-578-7224.

Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice
GH Palliative Care and Hospice provides resources to support the lives of residents receiving Hospice care, to enhance quality of life in their final days. The program provides resources to support residents and their families throughout illness and at the time of death.\
Quality Of Life
Launched in 2010, the Quality of Life (QOL) Program provides funding for GH programs that encourage more activity and social interaction among GH residents. Residents complete a QOL Grant Request Form and submit it to the QOL Committee for review. QOL expands the social opportunities available to residents through resident initiated and directed program activities.
Ruth Anderson Leadership Development Fund

Established in 2005, this Fund provides emerging Goodwin House leaders with financial support so they may participate in formal leadership development programs. 

Young At Art

Young At Art is a 27-year old juried art show for all individuals aged 55 or older in the Northern Virginia/Washington Metro area. It is co-sponsored by the Goodwin House Foundation and Senior Services of Alexandria. Anyone 55 or older may enter any type of art. Cash prizes are awarded. The Foundation is pleased to provide this exhibition of creative art by talented seniors.

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