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Our Foundation

Foundations are wonderful things – and the Terwilliger Plaza Foundation is one of them. From rooftop renovations to new exercise equipment and more, the Foundation helps improve the lives of our members. How does it work? These philanthropic funds and the earnings from these funds are given as grants for specific projects at the Plaza.

Terwilliger Plaza Foundation

The Terwilliger Plaza Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, exists to fund projects and facility improvements that will enhance the quality of retirement living for all Terwilliger Plaza members and to support the Lesta Hoel Memorial Trust Fund, which provides members of Terwilliger Plaza with aid and assistance after they have exhausted their funds.

Grants made by the Foundation are made possible and sustained by philanthropic support received from Members, their families, Plaza vendors, and other friends of Terwilliger Plaza. This support is received as donations. For example, outright gifts including memorials, bequests, gifts of appreciated stock, charitable gift annuities, and also through annual signature fundraising events such as the Fall Gala auction and dinner and Summer Solstice luncheon events. You may also support the Foundation or the Lesta Hoel Fund by making a gift of your vehicle by contacting the Foundation’s partner Charity-Connections at 503-239-7944 or

Lesta Hoel Memorial Trust Fund

Established by Terwilliger Plaza’s first president and named for her, the Lesta Hoel Fund, a 501(c)(3), exists to support Members who outlive or otherwise exhaust their financial resources. No Member has ever left our community for financial reasons.

Want to learn more about how you can support the Foundation or the Fund? Please call 503-808-7884 or email

Recent publications for the Foundation and the Fund are available below:

Cornerstone News - December 2016 Cornerstone News - December 2016

Cornerstone News - November 2016 Cornerstone News - November 2016

Terwilliger Plaza Foundation Annual Report - 2015 Terwilliger Plaza Foundation Annual Report - 2015