What We Do

Outcomes-based Philanthropy

A Decade of Making a Difference

To date, the Foundation has awarded over 400 grants totaling more than $181 million. Examples of San Diego-based grant recipients include Serving Seniors and their flagship facility, the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, a unique community-based care model providing low-income seniors two meals a day and access to more than 30 nonprofit organizations and support services. The Foundation launched the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center in October 2016, a state-of-the-art community dental clinic seamlessly integrated into Serving Seniors’ suite of clinical and non-clinical services provided at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center to create a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive resource for seniors.

The Gary and Mary West Foundation develops high-impact partnerships with its nonprofit partners to make a significant impact for seniors and accepts grant applications by invitation only.

Featured Grantee: Serving Seniors

Serving Seniors is transforming the aging experience for low income seniors in San Diego through highly successful and innovative programs that help seniors live independently for as long as possible. Since 1970, Serving Seniors has been the leading provider of programs and services for low-income seniors in San Diego County. Their innovative approach to providing wrap-around services including nutritious meals, health education, social services, case management, affordable supportive housing and lifelong learning opportunities has earned national recognition as a model for keeping seniors healthy and independent.

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The Gary and Mary West Foundation partners with nonprofit community organizations to provide high-quality services to low-income older adults which help them remain independent and healthy for as long as possible. The Foundation is committed to supporting state-of-the-art senior centers that offer high quality nutritious meals and collaborate with other community based organizations to provide a wide array of services essential to the well-being of low-income older adults.

Challenge Center

The Challenge Center provides specialized physical therapy for seniors to significantly improve their mobility and independence.

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center provides seniors with high-quality, affordable oral healthcare.

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Merrymakers provides the music that brings back memories and the moments that remind us just how good life can be.

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Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.

The mission of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. is to support the independence and well-being of seniors.

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Outlook Nebraska, Inc.

The mission of Outlook Nebraska, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired.

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Rebuilding Together Omaha

Rebuilding Together Omaha operates several programs to serve elderly low-income homeowners.

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Serving Seniors

The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in downtown San Diego is not your typical senior center.

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Notre Dame Housing

Notre Dame Housing offers affordable senior living in Omaha, Nebraska.

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The Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy

The Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy provides entitlement assistance to low income seniors.

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Volunteers Assisting Seniors

VAS utilizes a network of trained volunteers to help seniors in Omaha navigate the complicated health insurance landscape.

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West Health Policy Center

The Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center enables seniors to successfully age on their own terms.

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Dental Lifeline Network

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Icahn School of Medicine At Mount Sinai

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The Gary and Mary West Foundation develops partnerships with non-profit organizations that collaboratively achieve high-impact outcomes in the community.

Center for Health Reporting

The Center for Health Reporting, a venture in new journalism that is shining a light on the most fundamental health-care issues facing Californians.

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American Society on Aging

American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.

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Guided by Founders, Gary and Mary West, the Gary and Mary West Foundation is led by a diverse group of experts in their field who will help make successful aging a reality for seniors in our nation.


Shelley Lyford

Chief Executive and President

Timothy A. Lash, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President
President, West Health Policy Center

Zia Agha, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President

Diana Campau, MBA

Vice President, Communications and Public Relations

Foundation Staff

Vyan Nguyen, MD

Program Officer

Caroline Berger

Program Assistant

Gerry Brandt

Senior Accountant

Lexy Harshman

Operations Manager

John Little

Director of Finance and Accounting

Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA

Program Officer and Senior Director

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Gary and Mary West Foundation

Solana Beach, CA

Phone: 858.369.3160

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