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.
Hospice Care Foundation envisions the achievement of its Mission by endeavoring each day to become an A.C.E. organization:
- Awarding grants to organizations, programs and projects who share its passion for improving quality of life for individuals requiring hospice and palliative care.
- Providing financial assistance to hospice patients and their families to mitigate the financial burden related to a terminal diagnosis.
- Uniting with and sponsoring community organizations to produce high-quality hospice and palliative care information and education events and activities.
- Enlisting volunteers and community members to implement creative, energetic and effective fundraising events.
- Acting as an information conduit for individuals regarding their hospice and palliative care options.
- Utilizing multiple venues and avenues to provide the community with information on HCF operations and activities.
Current programs of the Hospice Care Foundation include:
- Making grants to Hospice/Palliative Care Providers in Western Montana on a quarterly basis
- Providing financial assistance to patients and their families throughout Western Montana, on a rolling basis
- Educating the community on the Hospice Care Foundation and Hospice Options using social media, E-news, printed news and special events
- Fundraising for the Future
- Hospice Ball – Last Friday of February each year
- Halloween for Hospice – Partnership event with Southgate Mall on Halloween each year
- Misc. Partnership events and activities throughout the year
- Hospice Facility Project – Working continually to identify a partner with the long term goal of a Hospice facility for Missoula
The Hospice Care Foundation (HCF) was created in 1981 with the development of the Hospice Ball. The Hospice Ball quickly became a major annual fundraising event in the Missoula area while simultaneously providing outreach and education for the community regarding hospice and palliative care in Western Montana. As the number of attendees and sponsorship interest increased, the administrative demands required to host the event did likewise. The Hospice Care Foundation became a 501(c)(3) in June 2001 and the first permanent staff member was hired in 2007 to facilitate organization and ensure a productive fundraising event.
Since its inception, the Hospice Care Foundation has raised and dispersed funds to hospice and palliative providers throughout the Missoula area. In 2005, the Board elected to focus HCF on a capital fundraising campaign with the long term goal of providing a dedicated hospice facility for Missoula. This campaign would ensure that HCF would remain fiscally solvent and ensuring that funding would be available for building the facility and conducting hospice and palliative care programs.
In March 2010, local hospice care providers and community members were surveyed, government and health regulations reviewed, and cost projections updated. This research indicated that while a hospice facility was desired by the community, support in the form of grants, volunteer support, and community education programs were priorities. New programs and projects that could fulfill these needs were identified including a Community Education Campaign, which began in March 2011, and reinstatement of the Granting Program which supports hospice and palliative care providers. The Residential Hospice House Project remains viable but is a lesser priority for HCF at this time.
In 2015, after receiving feedback from the community, HCF re-instated its (granting to individuals) programs to provide assistance directly to hospice patients allowing HCF to provide priority services and community support in a thoughtful and dynamic manner. At this time, HCF acts as a resource for community members, funds organizations on a quarterly basis and funds hospice patients and their families on an ongoing basis.