For over 25 years the Hospice Care Foundation has supported the local hospice and palliative care providers for many years. The  foundation raises and disperses funds to providers via financial awards.  For the last few years, the organization has focused on capital fundraising with a long term goal of providing hospice facilities to patients in need.  On Monday over $8,000  in financial grants and awards were given out to five palliative care organizations. My interview with Chief Operations officer Kevi Berger is attached below.

The  funding was granted in three core granting areas:

Compassionate Care Grants: Grants to agencies for un-reimbursed hospice care expenses were awarded to Marcus Daly Hospice and Tamarack Grief Resource Center.

Honoring our Heroes: Four palliative care volunteers where honored this quarter.  In addition to a financial stipend to the nominating agency, a framed certificate and gift basket were given to Penny Vandort from Home Options Hospice, Myrtle Miller from Partners In Home Care, Joe Danzer from Tamarack Grief Resource Center, and Joann Haven from Aspen Hospice of Montana.

Program/Project Support: Grants to agencies for program /project support went to Tamarack Grief Resource Center, Partners In Home Care, Home Options Hospice and Aspen Hospice of Montana.


The Foundation hosts the annual Hospice Benefit Ball.  100% of the net proceeds raised at the 2011 Hospice Ball are being given out during HCF’s fiscal year of July 2011 through June 2012 via its Granting Program.   Proceeds from the 2012 Hospice Benefit Ball will be used for the Granting Programs and the Community Education Campaign during HCF’s 2012/2013 fiscal year. To learn more about how to make a donation, purchase tickets or a table or donate an item for the auctions, visit