Extending our mission of service to others.

And every contribution is an opportunity to advance the field of senior living in a meaningful way.

To learn more about our giving opportunities, contact an LCS Foundation board member, or email us at share@lcsfoundationLCS.org. You may also donate through the PayPal button above.
With this in mind, the LCS Foundation was created to focus on these areas:

  • Work toward Alzheimer’s first survivor
  • Recognize the importance of developing future leaders of the senior housing and care profession
  • Support our dedicated and compassionate colleagues when encountering an emergency or crisis situation beyond their control
  • Continue the mission of the LCS Foundation by maintaining a strong governance structure and fundraising support
LCS Foundation 2020 Annual Report

The LCS Foundation 2020 Annual Report has been released. The document provides an overview of events and happenings of 2020 including these highlights:

  • $510,455 was raised to support Alzheimer’s-related charities by the combined efforts of LCS Foundation, LCS and senior living communities managed by Life Care Services.
  • $114,194 was provided to 47 employees who experienced financial distress from experiences beyond their control.
  • $77,000 supported scholarships and professional development.

Download the annual report

a woman holding a young childThe purpose of the nonprofit LCS Foundation is to further the efforts of our four core areas of focus through charitable contributions. The LCS Foundation is managed by an 15-member board of directors; each is connected to the field of senior living and has a deep passion for serving seniors.




Apply for the LCS Foundation Ed & Sue Kenny Scholarship

The LCS Foundation Ed & Sue Kenny Scholarship is designed to promote the education and the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in the field of senior lifestyle services. This will be accomplished primarily by offering academic scholarship awards to qualifying students.


  • 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore/Junior/Senior class
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Demonstrated commitment to senior lifestyle services
  • Completed internship, rotations, or mentor program in senior lifestyles services

Completed applications are due November 1, annually.

Download the application form


The LCS Foundation is supported by people who recognize the good in our purpose, and who want to help further our causes through a financial contribution. Every person who contributes to the LCS Foundation is working with us to celebrate the first Alzheimer’s survivor, assist our employees in a time of need, and inspire the next generation of our workforce. To learn more about the LCS Foundation, view our brochure.

“The LCS Foundation has been a dream for many of us at LCS for a number of years and was established to give back to this rewarding profession and the seniors we serve, both today and future generations.” Ed Kenny, LCS Foundation board president.

LCS Foundation Officers

Ed Kenny,
President, LCS Foundation

Joel Nelson,
Vice President, LCS Foundation
President and CEO, LCS

Ryan Bircher,
Secretary & Treasurer, LCS Foundation
Assistant Controller, LCS

LCS Foundation Board of Directors

Elisa Baptiste, VP/Chief Operating Officer, CPS
Diane Benoit, Retired VP/Director of Client Services, Life Care Services
Joe Brucella, Retired SVP/Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services
Scott Doherty, VP/Sr. Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services
Sarah Dorr, VP/Director of Debt Placement, LCS Real Estate
Monica Friedman, SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer, LCS
Sharon Jessup, VP/Director of Marketing and Sales, Life Care Services
Jason Jorgenson, VP/Director of Development Services, LCS Development
Brett Logan, SVP/Sr. Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services
Robert Perry, Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services
Bridgette Uhlemann, Corporate Counsel, Director of Legal and Compliance, LCS
Jeri Uhlmansiek, National Marketing Director, LCS

News and Updates

In 2020, the world faced many challenges as a result of COVID-19. The impact was felt across the U.S. and throughout the senior living industry. The pandemic dominated the news for the past year, and now people are talking about how things have changed. Click here to read the full article.


More than 80 events held nationwide The LCS Foundation, in partnership with LCS and its Family of Companies, raised more than $510,000 to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s. In 2020, LCS and senior living communities managed by Life Care Services participated in more than 80 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events across the country. Click here to read the full article.

Staffing Challenges in Senior Living are an area of Focus

As we watch the news headlines, we understand the future of the aging population and what it means to 73 million boomers. As baby boomers age and people remain active later in life, there will be an increased demand for aging services. A core focus of the LCS Foundation is recognizing the importance of developing future leaders of the senior housing and care profession. This challenge is being addressed by the Foundation and other partners across the U.S. Click here to read the full article.

Ed and Sue Kenny Scholarship awarded to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students

The LCS Foundation has awarded the Ed and Sue Kenny Scholarship to two students pursuing careers in senior lifestyle services. The awards were presented to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students Kali Blaeser and Brooke Harris in November 2020. Click here to read the full article.

LCS Foundation Donates to Vision 2025

Vision 2025, a national campaign to bolster the education and development of long-term care and senior living leaders, received funds from the LCS Foundation. The initiative is working toward more degreed programs at colleges and universities around the U.S. to support careers in senior living. Click here to read the full article.


Georgetown University has announced Lelia Reed as the first recipient of the LCS Foundation University Scholarship. Reed is pursuing a Master of Science degree in the Aging and Health program with a focus on senior living administration. Click here to view the full release.

LCS Foundation Names New Board Members

The LCS Foundation has named new members to its board of directors. New members include LCS retirees Joseph Brucella and Diane Benoit, in addition to current LCS employees Bridgette Uhlemann and Ryan Bircher. Click here to read the full release.


This is a webinar panel discussion on what life is like for older adults during this pandemic. Join the discussion on April 21, 2020, 5-6 p.m. EST by clicking here.

Ed and Sue Kenny Scholarship Award Winners Named

The LCS Foundation awarded scholarships to two students pursuing careers in senior lifestyle services. The awards were presented to Catherine Lyman and Kendra O’Brien in November 2019. Ed Kenny, LCS Foundation president, says the mission of the Ed and Sue Kenny Scholarship is to help support senior living management as a mainstream, well-respected career choice. The inaugural year of the scholarship program was met with great enthusiasm by students as well as educational institutions. Click here to read the full release.

LCS Foundation gives $100,000 to georgetown university for graduate program in senior living administration

The LCS Foundation, a Des Moines based not-for-profit organization, established a $100,000 endowment at Georgetown University to support the university’s recently inaugurated concentration in senior living administration, within the Master of Science in Aging and Health degree program. The Foundation supports the education and professional development of students pursuing careers in the field of senior living. The Georgetown University curriculum represents the only known graduate concentration dedicated exclusively to preparing the next generation of leaders for careers in the rapidly growing senior living industry. Click here to read the full release.

LCS Foundation receives $15,000 donation

The LCS Foundation received a $15,000 donation from proceeds raised during the LCS Annual Golf Classic recently. 108 golfers participated in the event held at the Tournament Club of Iowa, including current and retired LCS employees and business partners. Dan Swift, senior investment manager for LCS Real Estate, scored a hole-in-one from the white tee on the 164-yard par-3 5th hole.

Event sponsors included: A Place for Mom, ACS, CDW, CPS, Ciscor/Sentrics, DataVizion, Direct Supply, GlynnDevins, Guardian Pharmacy, Kronos, MatrixCare, Moving Station, NetSmart, Ryan Companies, Therapy Management Company, Whiting-Turner, and Weitz.

Established in 2017, the LCS Foundation supports Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives, partners with universities to develop future senior housing leaders, and assists its employees who are in financial distress beyond their control. In the last three years, the newly formed Foundation provided more than $200,000 to assist 89 employees across the nation and donated more than $130,000 to universities and high schools for scholarships and professional development. The list included donations to Simpson College and Waukee High School. In partnership with LCS, the LCS Foundation also pledged to raise at least $500,000 each year for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Scientists Close In on Blood Test For Alzheimer’s

Six research groups presented promising information on a potential blood test to screen for Alzheimer’s at Monday’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, reports STAT News. One experimental test out of Japan appears to be about 88 percent accurate at indicating the risk levels for an older adult developing Alzheimer’s. Click here to read the full story.


LCS Family of Companies is dedicated to developing, marketing, and managing senior living communities. One of the primary missions of their foundation is to support Alzheimer’s research by encouraging young people to get involved with studies related to Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention. Last year, the Waukee APEX medical research teams identified a goal to conduct experiments with human and/or animal cells. Click here to read the full story.


The Health Services Leadership (HSL) program at Simpson College received a generous gift of $15,000 per year for five years from the LCS Foundation. This grant provides scholarships, internships and professional development.

The LCS Foundation is the philanthropy arm of LCS, a leader in the field of senior living, which has been integral in launching and supporting the HSL program at Simpson. Click here to read the full story.


study published in JAMA Neurology implies that African Americans’ greater susceptibility to developing Alzheimer’s compared to white Americans could be partly explained by racially disparate biological mechanisms, reports National Public RadioClick here to read the full NPR article.

press release: congress Takes Bold Step in Fight to Address Alzheimer’s
Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act was signed into law January 1, 2019.