Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28VALUES IN PRACTICE: SHARING THE ROLE OF GENEROSITY Those involved in the beginning of the first Kendal community set a tone of generosity—of spirit, of time, of talent, and of resources. Indeed, the Kendal story began with a gift (see page 1). The first Kendal board was mindful of those who would not be able to afford Kendal and of those who, through no fault of their own, might outlive their resources. A year before opening, donations already were being received to answer these potential needs. This spirit of generosity continues to characterize the life of Kendal through gifts that have made possible financial assistance for residents, capital improvements in communities, internships for students, and accumulation of charitable reserves. Scholarships for staff development, scholarships for child day care participants, funds for life-event emergencies, and staff appreciation gifts and bonuses are examples of an “over-and-above” commitment to staff at Kendal. Our vision of Kendal as a system characterized by unusual generosity is expressed in efforts to make a difference in people’s lives beyond the affiliates—in an outreach program delivering housekeeping services to lower income area residents and in generous contributions to local institutions. In addition, tens of thousands of volunteer hours are given each year by hundreds of Kendal residents and staff to activities within Kendal communities and in wider local areas, nationwide, and abroad. The call to meet needs beyond our own organizations is powerfully expressed in Kendal Outreach, LLC; its programs are supported by donations and grants from both private and public sectors. The urge to reach out broadly and impact the quality of life for older people throughout our society is central to our continuing vitality. It rests on a charitable identity at the heart of our mission. 22