Hospice Foundation of America provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.
How does the Foundation do its work?
Hospice Foundation of America is a 501(c)(3) organization and meets its mission by conducting programs of professional development, public education and information, research, publications and health policy issues. Our programs for health care professionals assist those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief, and are offered on a national or regional basis. Our programs for the public assist individual consumers of health care who are coping with issues of caregiving, terminal illness, and grief.
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History of Hospice Foundation of America
Hospice Foundation, Inc. was chartered in 1982 with the purpose of providing fund raising assistance to hospices operating in South Florida so that they could carry on their mission of providing compassionate care to dying patients. This was prior to passage of the Medicare hospice benefit.
In 1990, with the help of a significant gift from Hospice Care, Inc., the Foundation expanded its scope to a national level in order to provide leadership in the entire spectrum of end-of-life issues. The Foundation board is a distinguished group of health policy experts which guide the Foundation as it explores efforts to:
- become a center of neutral, creative thinking on end-of-life issues for policy makers and opinion molders,
- raise the visibility and credibility of hospice in general, and
- become an advocate for those principles of hospice which may enhance the medical system in general.
To more accurately reflect its national scope, in 1992 the Foundation opened a Washington, D.C. office for its policy and program work, and in 1994 the Board changed the name of Hospice Foundation, Inc. to Hospice Foundation of America.
How is the Foundation funded?
Hospice Foundation of America is supported by contributions from individuals and corporations, bequests, grants from foundations, gifts from associations, civic and fraternal groups, and through program-related income.
We are a qualified member of the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal government's workplace fundraising appeal. We are listed under the Health and Medical Research Charities of America federation.
Because HFA is 501(c)(3) organization, donations made in its name are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations are used to support activities and programs that both improve hospice care and raise public awareness of it. These activities and programs include providing a consumer help line for those needing information about end-of-life care, funding research and grant programs related to hospice and bereavement care, improving clinical practice at the bedside through the creation of low cost education for hospice and other medical and social service professionals, increasing grief and bereavement knowledge among professionals and the public through national programming. By donating to HFA, donors help increase awareness of and access to hospice care throughout the United States. Donors are provided a receipt stating the tax status of HFA if the donation is given online. If donating by mail, donors will receive a letter via U.S. mail acknowledging their donation and the tax status of the organization. If you have questions about donating to HFA, please contact Aziza Jones, email@example.com or Amy Tucci, firstname.lastname@example.org