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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Northaven Foundation serves Northaven through philanthropic and stewardship endeavors to ensure affordable housing and needed services for older adults in our community.

Results: Last November, Northaven’s newly formed Philanthropy Committee presented our first public fundraiser, Summit Celebration 2010, at the Mountaineers Club in Seattle. The event was small, but presented and followed-up with strategic intention – to gain new donors and increase our public awareness. We were grateful to have the support of David and Nole Ann Horsey (David is a local Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist), who have long-time family ties with Northaven. Our goals were 75 guests and to raise a net of $3,000. We had 80 guests and raised a net of $7,919 for uncompensated care. We acquired 43 new donors. Our 2011 Event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21 and our goals are to double attendance and raise a net revenue of $16,000 to benefit uncompensated care. The committee is growing and is also presenting on June 4th at Northaven Retirement an outreach program, “Aging Gracefully: What we all need to know.” This seminar presents three panelists who specialize in elder care and who will address issues of health, finance and affects of recent State budget cuts to local services. We are consistently recruiting new volunteers to join us in our fundraising and community outreach efforts. Most recently, the Foundation received a $34,000 grant from the Employee Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound for our Health & Wellness program.

Target demographics: Low-income older adults in Seattle, WA.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 260

Geographic areas served: Seattle, Washington

Programs: Northaven is a vibrant affordable housing community in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, dedicated to meet the needs of people older in age. Northaven’s core programs are: Independent living where 194 residents pay no more than 30% of their monthly adjusted income up to our very low market rate. Assisted Living designed to remind, guide and assist residents in their activities of daily living. Northaven is one of very few facilities in Seattle to accept more than a handful of residents who rely on Medicaid-COPES, a state program that subsidizes less than 70% of assisted living care costs for those who have outlived their savings. Twenty-eight of our 40 residents rely on Medicaid-COPES – a 125% increase since opening our doors in 1992. Northaven Foundation serves Northaven through philanthropic and stewardship endeavors to ensure affordable housing and needed services for older adults in our community. The Foundation raises support for assisted living uncompensated care and for critical services like transportation to and from medical appointments, and dental care.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Northaven board from its inception in 1968 and residential opening in 1972. Throughout its decades of operation, Northaven has dominated the northeast skyline of the Northgate business community. Despite this long-term visibility, residents of north Seattle have remained surprisingly unaware of the underlying purpose, background and operation of Northaven. Such anonymity is not necessarily bad because it reflects an absence of operational and financial problems that often bring negative attention to retirement residences.

However, at this time the community needs a more general awareness of our underlying successes. Recalling a Walter Brennan line “..no brag – just fact..” from a long-gone TV series, our service can be and needs to be enhanced through a more general awareness of the presently unheralded successes of Northaven’s programs. In two adjacent buildings, we continue to provide independent and assisted living programs with home-like surroundings where residents feel vital and secure. This reality is indeed satisfying to those involved in these operations, but by itself does not make Northaven unique. Bragging rights come from our unmatched price structures. Implemented through dedicated staff, and augmented by interest subsidies from HUD in Northaven I (our original independent living residence) and Foundation grants in both buildings, our facilities remain full and waiting lists are growing.

Under such thriving conditions, it is appropriate to ask why greater community awareness is necessary. This need arises from a growing number of retirement-age people who are unable to subsist even minimally. Northaven’s mission of affordable housing and compassionate care extends beyond the present residents to the entire community. We can only address this mission through a thriving Northaven Foundation that establishes and maintains a more visible community presence. Towards this goal, a staff position for fund raising has been established where gifts and grants will be directed towards the perpetuation of affordable rent structures, the maintenance of existing facilities, and ultimately, the expansion of our program to the greater community. Despite the currently fragile economy, we are excited about the new and unforeseen opportunities that inevitably will arise permitting the greater fulfillment of our mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the manager of a local bank in the Nortgate neighborhood of Seattle, I have worked with Northaven a number of years. Our bank provides banking services to a number of residents living at Northaven. The feedback from these clients is overwhelmingly positive.

I have the good fortune to be on the Foundation Board and see up close the care and attention this organization provides for their residents. In an environment of shrinking financial benefits, the Northaven Foundation works diligently to maintain the high quality of life experienced by staff and resident alike in both the assisted care living facility and senior apartment complex.

The Foundation Board has developed into a very well run, professional unit with diverse representaion from our local social and business communities. New Board members have brought sound guidance in all aspects of non-profit development and giving.

I am honored to be a member of this group.