Announcing The Dissolution Of
The Beverly Foundation
The Beverly Foundation’s Trustees announced that the Foundation will complete its program activities and dissolve its operations September 30, 2013. The Trustees are: Ruth Covell, Bill Doyle, Richard DeRock, Helen Kerschner, and Don Pearson.
The Beverly Foundation, a private operating foundation, was founded in 1977 by Beverly Enterprises, which at that time was largest nursing home corporation in the United States. In its early years, the Foundation was located in Pasadena, California. Its purpose was to prepare materials and train staff in long term care management and service delivery. In 1984, Beverly Enterprises provided financial resources to the Foundation to ensure its long term sustainability and independence. In 2000, the Beverly Foundation’s Trustees transitioned its mission to one of fostering new ideas and options that enhance mobility and transportation options for older adults, and in 2009 the Foundation embarked on a five year plan for dissolving its operations.
From 1998 to the present the Beverly Foundation has been a pioneer in identifying, documenting, and preparing informational and technical materials on transportation options for older adults, with an emphasis on volunteer transportation. Its major program outcomes include:
- STAR Search research on senior transportation options
- STAR Awards for excellence in transportation service delivery to senior passengers
- Identification, documentation, and promotion of volunteer transportation as a means for providing high touch/low cost transportation services
- A vast library of web-based resources related to senior transportation
- Technical assistance and training through conference presentations, webinars, and graduate and certificate courses via on-line distance learning experiences
The cornerstone of its efforts is the Beverly Foundation STAR Award program, which began in 2000. The program has conveyed more than $1,000,000 to 133 STAR Award winners representing 115 organizations in 47 states. The program has documented more than 600 volunteer transportation services; developed related technical and informational materials; and created and made available a web-based interactive map that emphasizes volunteer transportation.
Although the Beverly Foundation will dissolve its operations in 2013, it has arranged to continue its contribution to senior and volunteer transportation through the development and support of initiatives with other organizations. The University of Southern California Social Welfare Archives will house the historical and program archives of the Foundation. The University of Massachusetts, Boston will continue to organize and deliver on-line graduate and professional courses related to senior transportation options. The Community Transportation Association of America will expand the promotion of volunteer transportation programs through its planned Center on Volunteer Transportation. Ride Connection will plan and organize the STAR Awards program, maintain the website (renamed Beverly Foundation Legacy.org) and serve as the home of Beverly Foundation program materials.
As a final note, the Beverly Foundation Trustees and staff wish to express our appreciation for the assistance, support, and friendship of our colleagues and friends across the country.