Community Accountability

Goodwin House is committed through purpose, values and mission to providing exemplary residential and health care and to serving the needs of older adults in the Northern Virginia community. As a not-for-profit organization, Goodwin House is also committed to fulfilling its charitable purpose, living out its mission, communicating its charitable intent and actions and repoIMG_0286rting on the public benefit conferred by the organization.

The Goodwin House Board of Trustees has adopted a formal, written Community Accountability Plan to guide and monitor our actions.

How do we hold ourselves accountable and measure performance? The Goodwin House leadership–the Boards of Goodwin House Incorporated and the Goodwin House Foundation and the executive team–regularly report to the residents and to the wider community. We do this through personal presentations, semi-annual resident meetings, our corporate annual report, the IRS Form 990, annual community accountability reporting and other measures.

Six Areas of Focus

We focus our corporate community accountability activities in six “clusters” directly related to our charitable purpose and mission:

  1. Charitable care – Goodwin House has a Fellowship Program which provides financial assistance for monthly fees, entry fees and incidental fees and provides provision of uncompensated services under the Medicaid program.
  2. Spirituality and aging – Goodwin House  is one of only a few retirement communities that has a Clinical Pastoral Education Program.
  3. Seniors and the creative artsGoodwin House supports programs that foster a culture of creativity, generate lifelong learning and celebrate artistic endeavors.  
  4. Supporting successful aging and other senior not-for-profit organizations – Goodwin House sponsors several not-for-profit organizations that serve older adults in the greater Washington, DC area.
  5. Being a good neighbor and support local communities – Support for programs such as the Mason District Spotlight by Starlight; use of Goodwin House facilities for community events; hosting of Rotary; resident contributions to ALIVE and local homeless shelters.
  6. Leadership development and deepening the capacity of those who serve seniors – Academic internships; hospital and nursing program partnerships; speaking engagements and leadership in national and state associations; formal mentoring programs; GHI Emerging Leaders Program.

In 2015, members of the Goodwin House Board of Trustees, the Goodwin House Foundation, and the Goodwin House at Home boards donated more than 1000 hours of their time to support the Goodwin House Mission.  These dedicated and talented individuals provide expertise to ensure Goodwin House remains financially sound, and poised for a strong future.  Their professional experience would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars if Goodwin House were to pay for their time, but they are donating 100% of their time without compensation.

Goodwin House residents volunteered 4,590 hours in their local communities in an effort to help improve the lives of others. We are pleased to share some of the successes of the Goodwin House Alexandria Chapel Committee and the Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads Outreach Committee.

In FY 2015, Goodwin House Alexandria residents made the following contributions:

  • Collected $1,114 dollars, which were matched by Goodwin House Foundation, in order to send $2,228 for victims of Hurricane Joaquin
  • Knitted hats, mittens, scarves and afghans valued at $3,360
  • Donated funds through the Advent Angel Tree to go to the Culmore Clinic
  • Hosted a 5-part series on the Ebola Crisis and encouraging donations to help the effort
  • Held a clothing drive every month to support the Northern Virginia Family Services mission
  • Assembled kits that prevent dehydration in poor countries

In FY 2015, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads residents made the following contributions:

  • Set up exam rooms at the Culmore Clinic for uninsured, low income individuals
  • Collected expired, but useable food to donate to Restoration Ministries
  • Collected clothing, books and furnishings for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter
  • Knitted sweaters for children in third world countries (240 sweaters in 2015)
  • Taught English for Speakers of Other Languages to individuals working to improve their skills
  • Collected funds to purchase Christmas presents for the Patrick Henry Homeless Shelter
  • Sponsored Thanksgiving Dinner for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter

Goodwin House Staff members also enjoy giving their talent and expertise to other not-for-profit organizations. They do so in a number of ways, such as serving on boards on aging-related organizations or serving as a mentor or professional trainer to students studying to get into the aging or healthcare fields. They might also donate their time and resources for local efforts.

Goodwin House staff made contributions to the following organizations:

  • Arlington Vertical Village Project
  • Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Committee
  • Insight Memory Care Center
  • Leading Age and Leading Age Virginia
  • Mason District Community Resiliency Group
  • Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Northern Virginia Caregivers Consortium
  • Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Fairfax

Goodwin House staff additionally provided clinical and professional training as well as mentoring to students from the following schools:

  • Capella University
  • George Washington University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Alexandria Red Cross
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia School of Nursing