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Giving Through The Employee Gift Fund

Goodwin House has a very strict no tipping and no gifts policy. Employees are forbidden to accept gifts or gratuities of any kind. Doing so leads to their dismissal. However, in the fall, residents conduct an Employee Gift Fund campaign to show their appreciation to the employees. Contributions to this fund can be made at any time by writing a check to the order of GHBC Employee Gift Fund and depositing it in the labeled box at the back of the Mailroom. Many residents find it easier to budget a monthly amount rather than a large amount in November.


Residents who are able to set up automatic payments from their bank accounts may contribute monthly (or on any regular basis) by designating “GHBC Employee Gift Fund” in the Pay To line of their check. The check is to be sent to
Jamie Blake
3440 S Jefferson St
Falls Church, VA 22041
Contact Carol Lewis, ext. 7546, if you need more information.

The Gift Fund is our way to express gratitude for the loving service of our employees. It is nearly impossible to count the ways in which they help us every single day: Daily meals in three venues, weekly housekeeping, laundry, trash and snow removal, maintenance and repairs, and much, much more. GHBC “by the numbers” is impressive. One amazing number: In 2018, Security received 20, 308 packages and delivered 6,233!

Donations to EGF are not tax deductible. They are gifts, not tips. Tips are taxable and we do not want the employees to have to pay taxes on them. The campaign is not a 501(c)(3). It is a resident run campaign, has a resident managed bank account, and nothing is tax deductible. 


The committee is responsible for the overall operation of the annual campaign to solicit and receive monetary donations from residents and others for distribution to GHBC employees as gifts at the holiday season. Meets as needed. Contacts: 2019 Co-Chairs: Barbara Hatheway, Apt. 1001, ext. 7611,; Carol Lewis, Apt. 811, ext. 7546,

In the pictures below, see the progression of contributions to fill the empty basket with leaves!

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