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About Hospice Care Foundation

Mission

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.

Vision

Hospice Care Foundation envisions the achievement of its Mission by endeavoring each day to become an A.C.E. organization:

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Assist

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.

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Collaborate

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.

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Educate

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.

Our Story

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 updated feedback from the community, HCF implemented its Assistance to Individuals program 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 an annual basis, and funds hospice patients and their families on an ongoing basis.

In early 2019, HCF also has been to address a growing concern of nonprofit solvency and its ability to continue its operations. After the Hospice Ball in 2019, HCF took steps to ensure that we are around for several more years to serve the Western Montana Hospice Community. To that end, after the 2019 Hospice Ball we:

  1. Revamped the Board to a true Fundraising Board focusing on the following:
    • Implement the 5 for $5 Program which each board member gives a meaningful amount on an annual basis AND recruits others to donate to raise the operational funds needed to hire contract persons to assist with specific programs, projects, and events
    • Transition off Board Members who do not want to be fundraisers for the organization
    • Add additional Board Members who are willing to be doers, donors and door openers for HCF
    • Recruit volunteers to carry out duties which may have, in a the past, been carried out by staff
  2. Transitioned to a virtual office to reduce 99% of all office/rental costs – only month rental cost is a low $150 storage unit
  3. Hired, under contract, just one person to assist the Board with fiscal and grant administration and Hospice Ball efforts as well as contract for web site assistance
  4. Taken on an Education Campaign to notify donors and sponsors that 100% of the net proceeds of the Hospice Ball will be used for nothing other than HCF programs including Assistance to Individuals and Grants to Organizations as well as Community Sducation and we are able to back that up with proven grant history and financial records
  5. Taken steps to ensure that our investment account is not further taxed with operational expenses and thus can carry the organization forward for many more years to come by working with a tax advisor at Edward Jones

Programs

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
    • 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
  • See below for additional information on the Hospice Facility Project

The Hospice Care Foundation cannot, under its current 501(c)3 status, own – operate – manage a hospice facility; nor would we want to become certified to do so which would make HCF a competitor for the amazing hospice providers already here in Missoula. 

UPDATE 2018:  HCF has had several discussions with the new nonprofit “Hospice House for Missoula” and are aware of their efforts, along with Partners In Home Care, of bringing a Hospice House to Missoula. HCF is fully in support of this project and is dedicated to helping them, as we can, if & when it is requested. To learn more about this project, please visit https://hospicehouseformissoula.org/

Board Of Directors

Our organization’s operations are overseen by our board of directors comprised of community members and leaders from across Missoula.

JulieRichter

Owner
Compass Insurance Group
Second Term: 01/03/17 - 01/02/20

Julie Richter

PRESIDENT
Stacee Lin

Long Term Care Ombudsman
Missoula Aging Services
First Term: 06/04/19 - 06/03/22

Stacy Carey

BOARD MEMBER
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Financial Representative
WestPac Wealth Partners
First Term: 10/16/19 - 10/15/22

Kelly Eppard

BOARD MEMBER
Kelsey Gordon

Community Member
First Term: 03/14/19 - 03/13/22

Kelsey Gordon

BOARD MEMBER
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Professional Property Management
First Term: 10/17/17 - 10/16/20

Theresa Minjares

BOARD MEMBER
Noelle Smith

HMDA Officer/CRA Specialist
Opportunity Bank of Montana
First Term: 04/17/19 - 04/16/22

Noelle Smith

BOARD MEMBER
REPORTING: 990s, ANNUAL REPORTS, AND BOARD MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. PLEASE CONTACT US AT ADMIN@HCFMISSOULA.COM OR (406) 541-2255.
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