The Mission of the Hospice Care Foundation is to fund compassionate care activities and educate the community on hospice and palliative care options, while striving to ensure that hospice care options are available to all those in need.


The Foundation envisions achievement of its mission through a triad approach:

  • Awarding grants to organizations, programs and projects who share its passion for improving quality of life for individuals requiring hospice and palliative care.
  • Empowering our community to promote the ideals and principles of hospice care.
  • Working to ensure residential hospice care options are available to patients in need.


Current Programs of the Hospice Care Foundation include:

  • Granting – to Hospice/Palliative Care Providers and Patients throughout Western Montana
  • Education – Community Education Campaign
  • Fundraising – 2 Annual Events, Partnership Events and multiple smaller mini events
  • Hospice Facility Project – Working continually to identify a partner with the long term goal of a Hospice facility for Missoula

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The Hospice Care Foundation does not provide hospice services. The Foundation is not affiliated with any one hospice organization and is able to financially support multiple hospice and palliative care providers. To understand its current activities, a review of its history is essential.

  • 1981, the Hospice Ball was an annual fundraising event in the Missoula community. Originally the ball was organized by a group of volunteers from the Western Montana Association of Life Underwriters. As the event grew, so did the number of attendees and administration required to host the event.
  • The Hospice Care Foundation became a 501©3 in June 2001.
  • For over 25 years, funds were raised & dispersed to hospice providers. In late 2005, this changed as the board decided to focus on capital fundraising with a long term goal of build a hospice house. The plan was to spend as little money as possible until beginning the “creation” stage of the project. This philosophy would ensure that the organization would be fiscally solvent and that funds would be available for building of the house. Currently the Foundation’s investment account contains both its restricted and operational funds.
  • It operated utilizing volunteers until 2007.
  • In March 2010 the board decided to challenge that belief. Local hospice care providers and community members were surveyed, government and health regulations reviewed and cost projections were updated.
  • In September 2010, HCF’s Board of Directors took action in response to the needs of the local hospice and palliative care providers.  Prior to creating programming, data was compiled from various community needs assessments.  HCF had assistance from representatives in the palliative care community.  They created new programming in accordance to nonprofit standards & with input from the organization’s attorney.
  • In July 2011, HCF expanded its programming to address two critical areas of need:  granting to providers and community education.  This expansion of its two programs was designed to run annual in addition to HCF having a long term goal of helping to establish a Hospice House for Missoula
  • In last two years and a half years, HCF has granted $90,000 to hospice and palliative care organizations and patients throughout western Montana
  • In February 2015, HCF announced that they are looking to expand their grant programs to needy individuals.
    • Grants to individuals “My Wishes” Grants opened October 2015.
    • Grants to individuals Financial Assistance Grants opened December 2015.
    • Grants to individuals Burial & Cremation Assistance Grants opened January 2016.

Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient’s symptoms. These symptoms can be physical, emotional, spiritual or social in nature. The concept of hospice has been evolving since the 11thcentury. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes but also care provided to those who would rather die in their own homes. It began to emerge in the 17th century, but many of the foundational principles by which modern hospice services operate were pioneered in the 1950’s by Dame Cicely Saunders.