What we do

It’s about more than happiness

The Good Samaritan Foundation is leading a movement of generosity to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of older Americans. 100% of your gift will provide shelter and support services to people in local communities with the fewest options.

Every gift stays local. Every gift matters.

What is the Good Samaritan Foundation?

Care across a lifetime. 

The Good Samaritan Foundation supports the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation's largest non-profit organization providing senior housing and services.

Founded in 1922 and headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Society united with Sanford Health in 2019 to expand the horizon of care delivery. Today, the unified organization is not only improving the quality of life and well-being of residents, it is helping develop better standards of care to transform the aging experience altogether.

100% to health, healing and comfort.

The Good Samaritan Foundation, as part of the Sanford Health Foundation, continues to serve the Society’s mission of sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort.

We are stronger together.

Gifts of all types and sizes support the daily work of helping residents live more fully, including staff education, equipment, technology and services like social work, spiritual care and more.

100% of your gift will directly support the location, project or program that matters most to you. For efficiency, your gift will be centrally processed at the Foundation, but its impact will remain entirely local, just as you intend.  

The Foundation also manages hundreds of endowed funds, created by individual and family donors of $10,000 or more. These special funds are designed to provide on-going, perpetual support for the area of each donor’s choice.

The Society can continue to innovate and serve on a local level because of its donor partners — people like you — who are committed to building a stronger, healthier aging experience.

  • A promise to you

    The Foundation takes great care to honor your intentions. When a gift is designated to a particular area — whether it’s vital health care equipment in Tyndall, S.D.; spiritual ministries in Kissimmee, Fla.; or program support in Fargo, N.D. — 100% of the gift is directed to that priority. Gifts and other mail may come back to Sioux Falls for processing but your gifts go to the Good Samaritan Society location you say they should go to.

  • Purpose

    The Good Samaritan Foundation is committed to building lifelong relationships with donors like you. It’s a local mission that plays out in towns and cities across the more than 20 states the Society serves. The Foundation shares your dedication to ensuring that well-being characterizes the aging experience for generations to come. 

  • Partners

    The Good Samaritan Foundation integrated with the Sanford Health Foundation in 2019. Through this new relationship, the Foundation can provide philanthropic solutions for the Society including gift management, creative strategies and data management. It frees up locations to do what they do best: care for residents and patients.

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