Gary and Mary West are successful entrepreneurs and pioneering philanthropists with a commitment to making a significant, lasting impact on others – specifically low-income seniors.
The couple’s leadership began with West Corporation, a technology-driven communications company they founded in 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska that grew to more than 30,000 employees. The West’s energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit led them to develop several local businesses and philanthropic organizations, reflecting their true patriotism, integrity and persevering Midwestern values.
In 2006, they formed the Gary and Mary West Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private, non-operating foundation provides outcomes-based funding to support successful aging initiatives throughout the country with collaborators that include leading academic institutions and senior-focused nonprofit organizations. It is one of only six private foundations – out of 105,000 in the nation – that is solely focused on aging.
To date, the Foundation has awarded 400 grants totaling more than $175 million. Examples of San Diego-based grant recipients include Serving Seniors and 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 also supports the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, which launched in mid-2016, as a state-of-the-art community dental center offering high-quality, affordable oral healthcare with comprehensive education, health and wellness services for low-income seniors.
Gary and Mary also formed West Health, which along with the Foundation includes the nonprofit and nonpartisan Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. These organizations are working together toward a shared mission dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.
Gary and Mary West are dedicated to achieving their successful aging mission. They believe it is what all Americans deserve when they reach their golden years.