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The Collington Foundation

The Collington Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Collington. Every gift is important and benefits the Collington community.


To provide and inspire philanthropic support for Collington Life Care Community.


To harness our generosity of spirit to nurture the goals and aspirations of all who live, work, and serve in our community.

Collington Foundation Overview

Philanthropy has played a key role in the development of Collington from its beginning.  Those involved in establishing the Collington community set a tone of generosity – of spirit, of time, of talent, and of resources.

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Founded in 1996, The Collington Foundation is the philanthropic heart of Collington Life Plan Community and operates as an IRS-approved 501 c 3 non-profit charity. The Foundation’s purpose is to serve the Collington community – residents, team members, and our neighbors. This work is accomplished through disbursements from the Fellowship Fund, the Scholarship Fund, and the Annual Fund. The Collington Foundation collaborates with the Residents’ Association to ensure the success of each organization.

Donations to the Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent allowable by law. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of Collington residents, directors of Collington Life Plan Community, and members of the community. Assets are invested and managed professionally, under the oversight of Finance Committee of the Foundation Board.

Give Back to the Community You Love

“Sense of community” is Collington’s greatest strength. The Foundation supports community connection by improving the lives of its residents, team members, and the wider community. We are deeply grateful to our Foundation donors!

Major Funds

The Collington Foundation inspires philanthropic gifts to various Funds from which grants are awarded in response to residents’ proposals and team members’ applications.

Fellowship Fund

Thanks to generous donors to the Foundation, Collington offers residents the assurance that they will be able to remain in the Community, even if their finances are depleted through no fault of their own. The Fund was launched in 1984 with a $200,000 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and the Fund continues to operate as an endowed fund with the principal retained and invested; earnings are used to provide assistance to residents.

A resident seeking assistance from the Fellowship Fund contacts Collington’s Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer who works with the resident to determine the level of need. The identities of those seeking assistance are held in strict confidence. Determinations are made by the Foundation’s Financial Assistance Committee, composed of non-residents.

Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund was created 20 years ago to provide financial assistance to Collington team members who wish to improve their professional skills through education. The scholarships seek to improve employee satisfaction and retention while helping team members achieve their professional goals.  A Scholarship Committee comprised of residents reviews applications several times a year, meets with applicants as necessary, and makes awards based on team members’ needs and available funds.

Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund give the Foundation the flexibility to create community both at Collington and in the surrounding community. Requests for funding may include campus enhancements as well as support for service beyond the campus such as supplies and holiday gifts for children at nearby public schools. The Annual Fund also supports the operational expenses of the Foundation.

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Foundation Scholarship winner
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Ways to Give

Make a gift today by clicking on the Donate Now button or by mailing a check payable to The Collington Foundation to 10450 Lottsford Road, Mitchellville, MD  20721 or by dropping off a check at the Clocktower reception desk on campus. To support a specific fund, note this on your check.  Unrestricted gifts support the Annual Fund.

The Foundation gratefully receives honorary and memorial gifts, as well as gifts of stock and other planned gifts.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts to The Collington Foundation help ensure our promise of care far into the future. Consider naming The Collington Foundation as a beneficiary in your estate plans.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many corporations match gifts to charitable institutions made by employees; some will match the gifts of employee spouses and retired employees as well. Contact your personnel office for information about your employer’s matching gifts program.

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Donate Your Car

Donate your used car, van, truck, boat, or recreational vehicle. The Collington Foundation will facilitate the entire process for you.

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Get In Touch

Gifts to The Collington Foundation are charitable and tax-exempt to the extent provided by law. The EIN is 52-2011239. For more information regarding Ways to Give and the advantages of planning a special gift, please contact the Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy, Karen Schofield-Leca.  Thank you!