To enhance through philanthropy and stewardship the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the Residents of Saint Simeon’s and their families.
The Saint Simeon’s Foundation is dedicated to ethical fundraising as informed by the Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and their declaration of A Donor Bill of Rights.
Saint Simeon’s, and therefore the Saint Simeon’s Foundation, would not exist without the dream of Dr. Edward Eckel. Founded in 1960 as a non-profit, charitable organization, the goal was to create a retirement community where men and women of all faiths could live independently and with dignity.
From the beginning the intention was to depend as much as possible on private financial support, which established the financial model Saint Simeon’s continues to operate by today: Revenue from residents’ fees pays for operating costs, and donations from a broadening base of donors allow the Home to expand, maintain itself, and add new services.
In 1997, the Women’s Auxiliary—established in 1961—produced the first Western Days fundraiser, bringing in about $20,000. In 2000, Stephen Mason joined Saint Simeon’s as Director of Development. With Stephen’s assistance, Home Trustees John Barker and Will Farrior led the effort to create the Saint Simeon’s Foundation. Since 2001, the Saint Simeon’s Foundation has grown and expanded the success of Western Days.
Saint Simeon’s officials believe operating as a non-profit organization with a host of generous donors has enabled them to deliver more and better services with less cost to the residents. This is not-for-profit advantage, and the Saint Simeon’s difference.