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News from Hospice Giving Foundation

Introducing Jennifer Balducci

We also welcome Jennifer Balducci as Office Manager. Jennifer joined Hospice Giving Foundation in March 2017, bringing years of administrative and office management experience.

Welcome the Newest Member of the Team: Philip Geiger

Hospice Giving Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomes Philip M. Geiger to our team as Director of Education and Communication. Philip will be working under the supervision of the Foundation’s President/CEO Siobhan M. Greene.

Grantee Spotlight: Jacob's Heart makes sure no one faces illness alone

No one should have to face a life-threatening illness alone. Click "Read more" to learn how Hospice Giving Foundation makes sure patients have support while they undergo treatment.

Grantee Spotlight: Hospice of the Central Coast helps patients focus on living

At the end of life, one of the last things a person should have to worry about it is being cared for. Click "Read more" to learn how Hospice Giving Foundation helps patients focus on the things that matter most to them.

Grantee Spotlight: Partnership for Children helps children receive life-saving treatment

Having your car break down is never good. But for Lourdes, it was a crisis: it meant she would be unable to get her daughter to chemotherapy. Click "Read more" to hear how Hospice Giving Foundation helps children receive life-saving treatment.

Message from the CEO

It's that time again… ushering in the New Year. Tradition calls upon us to re-examine our lives and to consider what may need some re-tooling. While few of us take resolutions very seriously, most of us look forward to that new start. We quietly reflect on the past year and with positive thoughts are hopeful about what may be in store for the future.

We wish you and your family and friends a New Year filled with wonderful health and prosperity. We also want to encourage you to take the time - while you are healthy - to talk about your wishes and your hopes. Consider which options are best for you, long before you need to make decisions.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Nanci Markey
Nanci Markey, Hospice Giving Foundation

Nanci Markey was born in Columbus Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and business classes at UCLA after relocating to California. Nanci had a 30 year career in high-end retail which began when as a high school sophomore she was selected for a work study program at a local department store where she worked through college. For the next several years she worked in special events, part owner in a fabric store and a buyer. In Los Angeles she worked for J.W.

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.

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.

Staff Member Spotlight

Meet Philip Geiger

Philip joined Hospice Giving Foundation in March 2017, bringing many years of experience in fundraising, marketing, community engagement, and relationship building. Before joining the Foundation, Philip was the Development Director of Legal Services for Seniors for five years responsible for annual giving, special events, community presentations, publicity and strengthening relationships with donors, volunteers, funders, local businesses, elected officials and nonprofit partners.

2016 Annual Report

Download a PDF version of the 2016 Annual Report.

Or, click below to read online.


Caregiver Spotlight

Meet Maryam Finnigan
Maryam Finnigan

"Life is enjoyable, while death is peaceful. I believe that there is a time to support life, and there is another time to support death and there is nothing wrong with either."

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.


Coping with Grief During the Holidays

A couple walking by lake with dogs
November 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Shoreline Community Church Parkside Room 2500 Garden Road Monterey, CA

A Free Workshop for all Family Members


  • Elaine Cashman, LCSW, Grief Support Intern Manager, Hospice of Santa Cruz
  • Mick Erickson, Hospice Chaplain, Grief Counselor, Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association

Register below or call 831.333.9023


POSTPONED Annual Symposium for End of Life Care: Understanding the End of Life Option Act

November 12, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Monterey - Conference Center

While we are very excited to bring this presentation to our community and believe it will be an enlightening and excellent learning experience, we have decided to postpone the symposium until Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Life After Loss: Creating Space for Grieving Millennials

October 21, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tonkin House, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula - 3940 Scenic Dr., Pebble Beach CA

A Workshop for Clinicians & End of Life Professionals

Join us for a workshop exploring the principles and how-to's for creating peer-to-peer spaces for grieving millennials. Learn about surprising insights around what 20- and 30-somethings are and are not looking for in navigating loss and life after, based on data collected from thousands of Dinner Party participants worldwide. Together we invite you to step inside The Dinner Party process and discover helpful tips and practices you can bring back to your own communities.

Hospice Giving Foundation Public Forum for End of Life Care: Managing Conflict/Finding Meaning -Supporting Families at Life's End

August 16, 2016 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Community Justice Center, 2620 Colonel Durham Street, Seaside, CA 93955

This program addresses methods, strategies and practices that can be used to provide psycho-social and other support to terminally-ill patients, their families and close networks as they cope with impending death. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to manage sources of conflict that often emerge near life’s end, as well as how to help individuals and families find meaning at life’s end.

Tree of Life Celebration: Monterey

December 4, 2016 - 5:00pm
Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey

The Monterey Tree of Life Celebration program will happen at Monterey's beautiful Portola Hotel & Spa on December 4 at 5:00 p.m. After the program, volunteers will escort you to the outside terrace, where you will view the tree as it is lit on the rooftop of the Monterey Marriott. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Portola Hotel & Spa.

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  • Ruth Ann Rosenberg
  • Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
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  • Rabobank
  • Sand Dollar Charitable Foundation
  • Ireland Family Trust
  • Tanimura and Antle
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County
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