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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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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.


News from Hospice Giving Foundation

Hospice Giving Foundation Honored at CHOMP Pinnacle Dinner


Hospice Giving Foundation is honored to have been recognized at this years Pinnacle Dinner.

Our 2015 Gratitude Luncheon

Hospice Giving Foundation CEO Siobhan Greene, Jon Price, Barrie Fiske

Each year, we host a special luncheon for our donors, both to thank them and to give them a chance to hear from some of the best thinkers in hospice care and services.

This year, we also had the pleasure of introducing our new, digital Notes to My Family, including a powerful video that accompanies it, featuring our friend and supporter Barrie Fiske.

Deborah Howitt joins Hospice Giving Foundation as Director of Philanthropy & Planned Gifts

Debbie Ewan Howitt

Deborah joined Hospice Giving Foundation in September 2015, bringing 15 years of expertise in key aspects of major gift fundraising. She successfully executed development plans and reached personal and team fundraising goals in conjunction with annual fundraising, capital campaigns and special projects. Deborah is knowledgeable in planned giving including bequests, life income instruments, and gifts of real estate.

Compassionate Care Alliance is “Coming Home” to Hospice Giving Foundation

Dear Friends of Hospice Giving Foundation:

Since 2001 Hospice Giving Foundation has supported a wonderful community outreach program with which many of you are familiar – Compassionate Care Alliance. Today, on behalf of the Board of Directors of both Compassionate Care Alliance and Hospice Giving Foundation, we are writing you to share news of changes.

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 James Booth
James Booth, Hospice Giving Foundation

James Booth is a local insurance broker associated with Monterey Insurance Agencies for past 35 years.

He has a fondness for non-profits and supports the work of Dorothy's Kitchen, Voices for Children, the National Steinbeck Center, the Monterey Museum of Art, and Monterey Jazz Festival. Active in the Episcopal Church, James is an ordained Deacon whose ministries include service in local parish churches, hospitals, and prisons.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Sarah Hills
Sarah Hills, Hospice Giving Foundation

Sarah Lindsay Hills was born in Paris, France and moved to Rome, Italy, where she lived for 21 years before relocating to Washington DC. She has a bachelor of arts from Connecticut College and a culinary degree with highest honors from L'Academie de Cuisine. Past experiences include retail sales, hospitality leadership, and small business owner of Shortspoon Catering.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson, Hospice Giving Foundation

Matt has called Monterey County home for over 30 years and attended Robert Louis Stevenson High School and The University of California at Santa Barbara graduating with a degree in political science. Nelson is a retired commercial pilot who flew for Southwest Airlines.

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.

Featured Supporters

  • Ireland Family Trust
  • Ruth Ann Rosenberg
  • Chevron
  • Rabobank
  • Exclusive Resorts
  • Sand Dollar Charitable Foundation
  • Jean Duff
  • Estate of Laurel Dorothy Schumann
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Tanimura and Antle

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