The Goodwin House Foundation depends on generous support from donors who help make all of our programs possible. Every gift counts: individual donors who gave $500 or less raised nearly $75,000 in the 2019 fiscal year.
Many donors give because they have a connection to Goodwin House. Often, they appreciate the care their family member or a friend has received, and they choose to give so others can receive the same quality of care. Or, residents who have called one of our Life Plan communities home may decide to create their legacy with a generous bequest or a planned gift.
A gift of any amount to the Goodwin House Foundation helps contribute to all of our programs for residents and our employees. We’d like to introduce you to two people who have made a difference through their kind support.
Ruth Emery moved into Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads (GHBC) in June 2010 and lived there for almost nine years until she died in January 2019. She was an Episcopalian who had worshipped for many years at a church in nearby Arlington and chose Goodwin House as a place to live because of its Episcopal heritage.
Ms. Emery decided to leave her entire estate to charities, believing in the power of organizations to carry out her values, and to continue her legacy of making a difference in the world. She bequeathed $500,000 to assist the residents at GHBC who no longer have the financial resources to pay for their monthly fees. She chose to give to the Goodwin House Foundation because of the gratitude she had for the wonderful care and treatment she received while living at Goodwin House.
“My mother lived briefly at Goodwin House, and while it was only a short time, I developed many wonderful relationships with her caregivers, other staff members, her fellow residents and other family members. My mother was treated with tremendous respect and unequalled care during her short time living in the GH community. All in her midst were treated in this same way.
Even though my mother died eight years ago, I still visit friends at Goodwin House and am often greeted by name from persons at the front desk who remember me from that time. Because of the gratitude for my mother’s experience, I have been a regular donor to the Goodwin House Foundation over these many years. It costs approximately $800,000 yearly to provide Fellowship funds, for example, for residents who outlive their financial resources. I fervently hope those funds are always there to continue that wonderful guarantee so those residents and their family members will have peace of mind.”
— Susan Akroyd, Goodwin House Foundation Donor
We hope you’ll choose to continue the work others have begun by making a donation to our Foundation today. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of the Foundation team, please contact us.