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What is GEF?
Since its inception in 2005, the Genesis Employee Foundation has helped care for the caregivers of Genesis HealthCare who are experiencing hardships from medical emergencies, natural disasters, funeral expenses and domestic violence. In addition to financial assistance, the GEF helps employees through educational outreach and support that connects them to state and community resources, as well as Genesis HealthCare benefits and programs.
Entirely separate from Genesis HealthCare, the GEF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that receives the majority of its funding through the generous contributions made by fellow Genesis HealthCare employees. Family members of patients and residents are now contributing as a way to thank those who have cared for their loves ones. Members of the community are also donating to the GEF to show their support as well.
Back in 2005, the GEF reviewed on average 9 grant requests each month. That number has steadily grown over the years. Now, the Voting Committee, comprised of GHC volunteers from across the company, meet weekly to confidentially review on average 85 grant requests per month. In 2010 alone, over $680,000 was financially granted to GHC employees in need.
As needs have grown, so have the number of volunteers who make this Foundation possible. We are driven by passion for GEF and devotion to fellow employees. For example, in 2010, several members of the Voting Committee had reached their term limit as indicated in the GEF Charter. However, these individuals did not want to stop serving. Simultaneously, needs for additional volunteers were growing. As a result, the GEF Founder’s Advisory Committee was developed to engage already committed GEF advocates at a strategic level to support fundraising goals, educational awareness and long-range plans. This committee’s support has already had a great impact in the successful growth of the Genesis Employee Foundation.
Working together, many volunteers donate their time serving as members of the Board of Directors, Founder’s Advisory Committee, Voting Committee, the GEF Administration team. Countless other volunteers assist daily operational needs. GEF couldn’t provide support without them.