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Rockwood Residents’ Foundation

Philanthropy has always played a major role at Rockwood Retirement Communities. In 1990, a group of residents formed the Rockwood Residents’ Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to accept and steward charitable gifts to Rockwood. The Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of residents from Rockwood South Hill and Rockwood at Whitworth. Donated funds support a variety of special projects and programs, from which the entire organization benefits.  All fund categories for both communities are listed below.

The Foundation's promise is to provide all residents with the security of being able to continue living in their Rockwood home, even if they have run out of resources through no fault of their own. This Residents’ Assistance promise has ensured that no resident at Rockwood Retirement Communities has ever been asked to leave due to financial circumstances beyond their control.

Giving is easy!

Donations can be made for any reason at any time. Tax-deductible gifts can be made in memory or in honor of someone, for a special giving campaign, or just because. Cash and check donation can be dropped off at any of the Rockwood front desks or mailed to:

Rockwood Residents’ Foundation
2903 E. 25th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223

Become a member of our Legacy Society

You can also make a planned gift through your estate, a bequest, life insurance policy, charitable trust, IRA, retirement account, or by designating all or a portion of your refundable contract to the Foundation. Your planned gift makes you a member of our O.W. Young Legacy Society (“OWYLS”).

We are grateful for the generous support shown by our residents, family, friends and staff.  The Foundation would not be near the success it is today without you.

Below is a list of funds with short descriptions showing how they benefit Rockwood South Hill and Rockwood at Whitworth. If you do not have a preference of fund, the donation will go where it is most needed.

South Hill Campus Active Funds

Residents’ Assistance Endowment Fund                  

This fund helps residents who through no fault of their own have outlived their financial resources. Because this is an endowed fund, the money donated is never spent; instead the earnings generated by the fund are used to fund Residents’ Assistance in amounts determined by the Foundation Board.

Residents’ Assistance Immediate Need Fund

This fund helps residents who through no fault of their own have outlived their financial resources. This is not an endowed fund; money can be designated by the Board to be spent any time deemed necessary.

The Community Benefit Fund

The Community Benefit Fund is to be used for improvements that benefit residents’ quality of life. This fund purchases items that are not affordable in the normal operating budget, so that the expense of non-budgeted items and programs are not passed on to Rockwood residents. 

The Wellness and Exercise Endowment Fund

Holistic care is at the core of everything we do at Rockwood. This fund provides support for our dynamic LiveWell programs.  As an endowed fund, money donated is never spent; instead earnings form the fund (as determined by the Board) is spent on the LiveWell programs.

The Employee Financial Assistance Fund

Resident Norman Krey established this fund through a gift from his estate in honor of staff. Funds are used to aid Rockwood employees who are experiencing financial hardship situations. Criteria, guidelines, and a formal application have been established by the Foundation for fair and equitable distribution.

Staff Development Fund

The Staff Development Fund provides further education for staff in any field as well as providing educational and professional development opportunities. 

Rockwood at Whitworth Campus Active Funds

Residents’ Assistance Endowment Fund                  

This fund helps residents who through no fault of their own have outlived their financial resources. Because this is an endowed fund, the money donated is never spent; instead the earnings generated by the fund are used to fund Residents’ Assistance in amounts determined by the Foundation Board.

The Community Benefit Fund

The Community Benefit Fund is to be used for improvements that benefit residents’ quality of life. This fund purchases items that are not affordable in the normal operating budget, so that non-budgeted items are not passed on to Rockwood residents. 

The Employee Financial Assistance Fund

Funds are used to aid employees who are experiencing financial hardship situations. Criteria, guidelines, and a formal application have been established by the Foundation for fair and equitable distribution.

Staff Development Fund

The Lasa Kaul Staff Development Fund was created by Myrtle Kaul in memory of her husband, Lasa. The fund helps provide deserving staff more opportunities to increase job skills, and to maintain or enhance licensure and certifications. 

Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund awards financial scholarships to staff pursuing further educational endeavors.

For further information, contact the Director of Development, Marianne McCormack: (509) 536-6677 or e-mail at mariannem@rockwoodretirement.org.