Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) recently announced a $10 million commitment from Lenore England of Rockville, MD, to the Jonathan S. and Patricia G. England CESLC Innovation Fund established in 2019 in memory of her parents.

Over the course of several years, England will make significant contributions to the Fund, providing a valuable resource that will allow CESLC to creatively design new approaches to deliver quality care and meaningful life experiences for older adults.

England retired in 2018 from the University of Maryland University College, now University of Maryland Global Campus, where she served as assistant director for Electronic Resources Management. Since then, she has devoted her time and resources to several nonprofit organizations.

“I developed a passion for innovation during my 20-year career,” said England. “Upon my retirement, I wanted to give back in a meaningful way by applying new approaches to my philanthropic ventures and helping lead nonprofit organizations with new ideas, impactful initiatives and projects, from fundraising to supporting newly established programs and innovation hubs.”

“We are one of the largest communities for older adults in the Washington metropolitan area, with a 110-year history of incorporating new technologies and approaches to improve the lives of our residents,” said CESLC President and CEO Bruce J. Lederman. “Lenore’s gift is transformative not only for our organization, but also for the entire aging services community. With her generosity, we will be able to elevate our approach to innovation throughout our residences and services in order to design better solutions for the next generation of older adults.”

England’s family has supported CESLC since its founding as the Hebrew Home for the Aged in 1910. Her parents, Patricia G. and Jonathan S. England, dedicated most of their lives to the organization’s mission. Jonathan England was president of Hebrew Home from 1973 to 1975. England’s great-grandmother, Minnie Goldsmith, was one of the founders of Hebrew Home, now known as Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.


About Charles E. Smith Life Communities:
Founded in 1910, Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) is a nonprofit organization serving more than 1,100 older adults daily in multiple residences situated on a 38-acre campus in Rockville, Maryland. CESLC’s services include post-acute care and long-term skilled nursing care at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington; independent living at Revitz House and Ring House; assisted living at Landow House; memory care at Cohen-Rosen House; geriatric medical care at Hirsh Health Center; and temporary shelter and advocacy for victims of elder abuse at the ElderSAFE™ Center. For more information, please visit