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Giving Through The GH Foundation


The Goodwin House 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 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 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 programs and funds including those listed below. You can also learn more here.


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

A webinar with Tom West on "Crisis, Charity, and You: How to Make Your Best Impact in an Upside-down World" can be heard HERE.

We are pleased to include you in the Foundation’s first ever virtual donor reception. Here is a link so that you join us in celebrating all the generosity from the Goodwin House community this year!  

You might be pleased to know that the entire editing process of our video was completed by Peg Bethany, a Goodwin House resident.  She has spent countless hours in pulling all of our video clips together and was motivated to do this in order to save the Foundation’s funds for residents and staff in need.

This past year was a remarkable one in many ways.  We were overwhelmed by the support we received, especially the increased gifts sent with the intention of lifting up our residents and staff members in need.  Our Annual Fund raised over $1.3 million in its first year, and the gifts were put to use immediately, giving hope to all of our recipients during a difficult time.

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 House 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 House. 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 28 members of our staff have received grants (for the $725 application fee) to assist them in their journey to US citizenship.

To hear more about our staff support programs, we encourage you to watch these two videos.



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