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Funding Collaboration for End of Life Care and Planning

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation have announced their continued partnership to award nonprofit grants, cooperatively addressing issues related to the awareness, understanding, and availability of end-of-life care and planning, particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities in Pima County.

This funding partnership began in 2017 when the two foundations awarded more than
$3 million to support end-of-life care programs in Arizona. The Lovell Foundation has awarded a total of $3,459,103 for end-of-life care and planning projects, and CFSA has granted a total of $472,550. These grants supported end-of-life care programs that engage the community, educate professionals and patients, institute organizational and community standards of practice, develop the healthcare workforce, and impact public policy.

“Our collective goal is to fundamentally change the narrative on how we plan for, care for, and experience death and dying in Southern Arizona and beyond,” said John Amoroso, Executive Director of the Lovell Foundation. “Ultimately we all – individuals, families, caregivers, health systems, and communities – bear the responsibility for changing the status quo by helping each other to engage in compassionate, honest conversations about our mortality, the type of healthcare we wish to receive, and how it is given across the spectrum of life choices,” he shared.

All participating nonprofits share Amoroso’s vision, several having worked together in years past and now as part of the End-of-Life Care Partnership anchored at the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. This innovative community-wide collaboration is one of the most significant community-based end-of-life care initiatives in the nation.

“We believe in the power of nonprofit and funding organizations working together to address issues collaboratively,” said CFSA President and CEO, Clint Mabie. “We are honored to steward Shaaron Kent’s legacy to the community. Her endowment fund at CFSA allows us to award grants that will help grow a ‘change network’ by supporting and empowering organizations that are addressing hospice care issues and the universal experiences of death, dying, and grieving.”

Click here for instructions and guidelines to submit a Letter of Interest.

To learn more about the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, visit www.cfsaz.org.