For more than 25 years, The Lifespace Foundation has served the health and welfare of residents through philanthropy and supporting the well-being of seniors who call the organization’s 12 communities home. With a focus on continuing this important mission, Lifespace Communities welcomes Amy Brainard as the Foundation’s new director. Brainard’s unique combination of fundraising experience aligns with the benevolent spirit at Lifespace Communities.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with the senior population. This is a unique stage in life where many critical decisions are being made that not only impact their lives, but also their families and communities,” says Brainard. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the residents, hear their life stories, and align their philanthropic passions with the needs at Lifespace Communities.”
In terms of her vision for The Foundation, Brainard says she hopes to meet with residents in both one-on-one and small-group settings to build on Lifespace’s philanthropic culture.
“I’m looking forward to engaging with residents and discussing the importance of philanthropy in building a stable future for our future residents,” she says. “I’ve always believed that philanthropy is much more than a transaction. It’s an experience.”
Brainard acknowledges that fundraising needs are more targeted in senior living, and she’s excited for the opportunity to meet with residents and visit communities in the future.
“Senior living is experiencing tremendous growth,” she says. “This only adds to the importance of the mission of The Lifespace Foundation and the work ahead. As our communities expand and thrive, the need for philanthropy that supports our residents can’t be overstated.”
(In the photo: Amy Brainard has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Missouri State University, and was most recently doing fundraising work for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement.)
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