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Rockwood Residents’ Foundation

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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, which serves as the fundraising entity for Rockwood’s Life Plan Communities. We raise and steward donations to enhance the lives of our residents and employees. For example, no resident has ever been asked to leave Rockwood Retirement Communities due to the inability to pay, through no fault of their own. This is made possible by the Foundation's Residents’ Assistance Fund.

The Foundation is managed by a Development Director and overseen by an independent Board of Trustees comprised of Rockwood at Whitworth and Rockwood South Hill residents. The Foundation is supported by generous donations from residents, staff, friends, family and corporations.

See our corporate donors here

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.

Areas of Emphasis

Residents’ Assistance

Life can present unexpected challenges, but Rockwood is here to help during difficult times. Residents have the assurance that if they outlive their resources, through no fault of their own, the Foundation, in partnership with Rockwood, will pay for them to continue living at Rockwood and getting the care they need. There are two ways a donation to Residents' Assistance can be designated. Donations can be designated as part of the Endowment or for Immediate Need purposes.

  • Endowment: 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.
  • Immediate Need: money can be designated by the Board to be spent any time deemed necessary.

Staff Development Fund

Rockwood is a strong proponent of supporting their employees in all ways possible, which includes helping them further their education, provide special training, or develop professionally. To do this the Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships to employees and their children who are furthering their education to make a better life for themselves.

Employee Financial Assistance Fund

Money can be a stressful topic, especially for those who are trying to provide for themselves or family while experiencing unexpected financial expenses.  To help lighten the burden we provide grants to employees going through financial hardships.

Community Benefit Fund

This fund provides support for enhancements to residents’ and employees’ quality of life, benefiting the entire Rockwood community. Funds are available to enhance programs and services beyond the normal operating budget. This fund also provides monetary assistance for employees applying for U.S. citizenship.

Wellness and Exercise Endowment Fund

Living well is at the core of everything we do at Rockwood. This fund provides support for special wellness and exercise programs and events for residents and employees.

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.

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

Rockwood Retirement Communities Spokane M McCormack cropWe accept qualified Charitable Distributions, and have the capability to create and benefit from Charitable Remainder trusts. Please contact our  Director of Development, Marianne McCormack, for further information: (509) 536-6677 or e-mail at mariannem@rockwoodretirement.org.

Rockwood Residents’ Foundation Tax ID 91-1472275

Car Wash 2022

Car Wash 2022

Rockwood Employees wash cars to earn money for our Foundation

Making Toys in the Woodshop

Making Toys in the Woodshop

Our Foundation provided a woodshop so our elves can make and deliver toys to local nonprofits.