Since its founding in 1985,
the Extendicare Foundation has grown from a small corporate
foundation to one with a much larger presence. Our area of
philanthropy expanded from only Alzheimer's research to currently
include caregiver education and quality of life initiatives in long
term care. The caregiver education piece involves not only nursing
staff in long term care but the family caregiver as well. Quality of
life initiatives give promise to those that
in a structured residential or community based setting,
that there are opportunities to remain entertained, engaged, and enlightened.
These three areas are at the core of our seed funding and the basis
on which we give.
In the last year, we funded several creative, replicable and
innovative projects as well as cutting edge Alzheimer's research.
The Alzheimer's Association, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wheaton
Franciscan-St. Joseph Foundation and Aurora Foundation were all
recipients of grant dollars from the Extendicare Foundation. Their
projects ranged from a film on caregiver challenges to the potential
link between obesity and Alzheimer's disease
- all of which touch and improve the lives of those involved now and
will continue to do so in the years to come.
The Foundation owes its success to the employees of Extendicare as
it is their generosity conducting bake sales, raffles, golf outings
and more, that allow our organization to continue to fund seed
grants – it’s also what makes us so unique. Each dollar is given
careful consideration as it was raised by those that work hard to
bring awareness to our Foundation and those who personally know of
its good work. Their efforts make a difference, and it is with great
care that we fund quality projects in organizations local to where
Extendicare conducts business. I personally take great pride in
being part of a company that supports this remarkable charitable
organization and enables it to succeed.
As we move into the future, the Extendicare Foundation will be an
important player in the Alzheimer’s and long term care philanthropic
arenas. With the aging population growing in size, the need for
increased research and funding for quality programs to assist those
in need will be critical. We feel that our seeds spread now will be
the plants harvested for the benefit of others in the future.
Lisa Behling, President