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What is Hospice Giving Foundation?

We believe our community deserves the most dignified and best quality end-of-life care. We raise funds and award grants to local qualified 501(c)3 organizations providing end-of-life services.

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What does Hospice Giving Foundation fund?

Hospice Giving Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $22 million to agencies providing compassionate end-of-life care, supporting dignified, patient and family-centered care.

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Why support Hospice Giving Foundation?

​Your gifts to Hospice Giving Foundation support the inspiring services that we are proud to fund. These agencies ensure families have the options and services they need while bringing hope to local families facing life-limiting illness.

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News from Hospice Giving Foundation

“A Quality Life” Podcast: Palliative care helps patients live full lives

The premier season of the podcast “A Quality Life” features real stories of seriously ill patients whose lives improved once they began to receive palliative care.

How do YOU fill in the blank? “Before I die, I want to ___________”

Before I Die Savannah by Trevor Coe

Artist Candy Chang needed an outlet after experiencing the death of someone close to her. Chang got permission to create an interactive wall which featured the prompt “Before I die, I want to______.” Chang and her neighbors used the wall to reflect on their lives and share their aspirations before they die.

End-of-Life Activist: Doctors Shouldn’t Help Patients Die

A physician at the forefront of palliative care has taken a strong stand against the “right to die.”

Dr. Ira Byock, Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, asserts that physician-assisted suicide is wrong both morally and socially.

There’s a Better Way to Die

Americans are suffering unnecessarily as they die.

So says Dr. Ira Byock, one of the nation’s foremost experts in palliative care.

Dr. Byock, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring, believes our society focuses too much on fighting illness, no matter the cost, while shying away from ever talking about death.

Compassion Connects Us

Please take a moment to watch and reflect on our newest video, "Compassion Connects Us." And then, please share it with those you love.

Message from the CEO

Compassion Connects Us

Serious illness changes everything. The changes come in waves – some hit right away, and some roll over us more slowly.  When the waves come, we look for the right mix of care, nurturing, and dignity. When the waves come, our compassion connects us.

Staff Member Spotlight

Meet Vicki Engman-Rossman
Hospice Giving Foundation

Vicki comes to Hospice Giving Foundation with extensive experience in high-level administrative functions. Vicki oversees and manages a wide-range of daily operations and office management functions providing executive support to the CEO, board, and development department. She is a certified Wedding & Event Planner, has a Project Management certificate from George Washington University, and is a trained mediator.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Laurel Krzeminski

Ms. Krzeminski is the Chief Financial Officer and a Senior Vice President of Granite Construction Incorporated. Granite is a heavy civil contractor and construction materials company and is traded on the NYSE. Granite has offices throughout the United States and also does business in Canada and Guam. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in southern California, Ms. Krzeminski is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BS in Business Administration – Accounting.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Catherine Hambley, Ph.D.

Catherine was born and raised in Canada, then moved to California in her early twenties. She began her career as a nurse, then returned to school for a Ph.D. in psychology and had a private clinical practice in Monterey for over 15 years.  Currently, she works as a consulting psychologist with a focus on translating brain science into helping create meaningful and lasting change for leaders and organizations. As principal at Leapfrog Consulting, she does the majority of her work locally.  She believes in giving back to the community – she volunteers and has sat on several boards.

Announcing Notes to My Family Online

How do we best honor a life? Often it begins with a conversation, one that includes listening, patience, understanding, and acceptance. Sometimes it requires courage. Such essential conversations can be difficult, but are so valuable. Sharing your wishes with those you love brings everyone closer, and creates comfort through understanding.

An important part of the process is writing down your plans and organizing your personal information. To help, we offer Notes to Your Family, so that your planning can reflect thoughtful and meaningful decisions that allow others to honor your wishes.

In this brief video, Barrie Fiske shares her family’s journey through end-of-life planning for her mother, her father, and, looking ahead, for herself. With compassion and common sense, she helps us understand the value of thinking and talking through these important decisions.

After you watch Barrie, or any of our other videos, we invite you to download your copy of Notes to My Family. It’s easy and free of charge. Simply enter your email address, accept the terms of use, and begin.

 

End-of-Life Activist: Doctors Shouldn’t Help Patients Die

A physician at the forefront of palliative care has taken a strong stand against the “right to die.”

Dr. Ira Byock, Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, asserts that physician-assisted suicide is wrong both morally and socially.

There’s a Better Way to Die

Americans are suffering unnecessarily as they die.

So says Dr. Ira Byock, one of the nation’s foremost experts in palliative care.

Dr. Byock, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring, believes our society focuses too much on fighting illness, no matter the cost, while shying away from ever talking about death.

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