To transform a future where adults, 55 and older, get the most out of life.
To inspire the good in our fellow human beings whose gifts provide the opportunity for others to live life with enthusiasm regardless of economic circumstances.
In 1968, visionary leaders who understood the importance of philanthropy in serving older adults used an initial $50,000 gift from a grateful family to establish the HumanGood Foundation. Now some 50 years later our team carries on that rich tradition, raising funds to support those living and working in our communities.
Today our assets total more than $110 million, with much of it dedicated to providing benevolent support to those residents living in HumanGood communities who, through no fault of their own, have outlived their financial resources. Benevolence enables these residents to continue to live in the communities that they have called home for many years.
Although distributions from these benevolent funds exceed $1 million per year, it is not enough to fully cover the cost of this worthy cause. Your ongoing support of the HumanGood Foundation, especially its benevolence funds, will help us close the gap.
In addition to benevolence, leaders from across HumanGood work together to identify the best ways to use philanthropy to accelerate innovation wherever we operate. Leaders, team members and residents from throughout the organization are involved; every program is enriched. With an objective to double our philanthropic support by 2025, our goal is to support HumanGood’s leadership in serving older adults with an innovative spirit and transformative action.
Board of Directors
Carolyn J. Downey is chair of the HumanGood Foundation Board of Directors. Prior to the formation of HumanGood, she joined the be.group foundation board in 2011 and most recently served as its chair. As a White Sands resident, she served as President of the Resident Council for three and one-half years. Carolyn is professor emeritus of educational leadership at San Diego State University’s College of Education; she previously spent more than 30 years as an administrator in primary and secondary education, including service as superintendent for the Kyrene School District in Phoenix-Tempe, Arizona. She earned her doctorate from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
WILLIAM G. YOUNG, JR.
Bill Young is vice-chair of the HumanGood Foundation Board of Directors. He is the chair of the HumanGood Bala Foundation, is an officer of the Chapin Memorial Home for the Aged Blind Foundation and has served as a Trustee on numerous multi-million dollar Taft-Hartly funds. He began service on the Board of Directors of Presby’s Inspired Life (now HumanGood East) in 1994 and for nine years served as its Chair. He has been very active in his community and has served as a member and officer on many boards such as the American Cancer Society and numerous Visiting Nurse Associations. He is a former Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Presbyterian Church (USA), former Councilman, Council President and Mayor of Ambler, Pennsylvania. Bill is retired following a long career as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for a large, multi-state supermarket company.
Bill Battison joined the be.group Board of Directors in 2011. He has held numerous corporate leadership positions, including stints as president of Westwood One Inc. and NBC Radio Network; president and CEO of BuyItNow, Inc.; executive vice president and chief operating officer of twerks Entertainment; and executive vice president of Valence Technology Inc. He has his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden Graduate Business School as well as his bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Virginia.
Dorothy A. Cole served on the be.group foundation board prior to joining the HumanGood Foundation board. As a long-time advocate for Redwood Terrace in Escondido, she served as chair of the Redwood Senior Homes and Services board and currently is vice chair of the RSHS Philanthropic Funds Committee. She previously served on the be.group Board of Directors when the organization was known as Southern California Presbyterian Homes. She has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1974; is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust law; and is a past president of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County. She earned her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.
Charlotte Martinelli joined the HumanGood Foundation board after serving on the ABHOW Foundation board since 2013. This followed a four-year term on the community advisory board for Grand Lake Gardens, a HumanGood life plan community in Oakland. Prior to her retirement in 2004, she spent nearly 40 years working in local government, first as a social worker and then in administration for various departments, including the Alameda County Administrator’s office focusing on finance. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kenneth Heflin joined the HumanGood Foundation board in 2023, and has raised funds in various communities as a Methodist pastor, supporting local church efforts, Christian international missions and the United Way. He led a very successful Holiday Boutique and Team Member Appreciation Fund drive at Regents Point in Irvine, CA. He has served as vice president and as president of the Regents Point Residents’ Council, and currently serves on the Dining Committee and the Finance Committee. Ken completed his undergraduate degree at University of Northern Iowa and graduate degrees at Boston University School of Theology and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Foundation Team West
Foundation Team East