“Making the End Easier” – Arizona Daily Star

Please click on the link to read an article about end of life planning from the February 18th edition of The Arizona Daily Star.


Please note a correction – the first bullet point in the article should read: “$1 million to the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, based in Phoenix, to get patients talking about their end-of-life wishes and to train doctors and health-care teams about end-of-life [not palliative] care at more than 70 hospitals and health-care groups in the state.”

NAMI Southern Arizona Receives Planning Grant for Statewide School-Based Initiative

(Tucson, AZ—August 2, 2017) The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southern Arizona received funding from the David & Lura Lovell Foundation for a planning grant to advance a state-wide school-based mental illness stigma reduction initiative.

Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and 75% by age 24. NAMI Southern Arizona’s goal is to reach young people when they are first experiencing symptoms of mental illness with the message that mental illness is just like any other illness, they are not alone, and it’s okay to talk about it and get help.

“If we can get to children before they accept the stigma that has long been associated with mental illness, we can show them how to connect to those who can help them, reducing the average delay of 8-10 years between onset of symptoms and treatment,” said H. Clarke Romans, executive director of NAMI Southern Arizona. “Most importantly, we want young people to know that with help they can get better and have bright futures.”

The planning grant funding will enable NAMI Southern Arizona to engage leaders in education, behavioral and physical health, government, business, the judicial system and the faith community to discuss and develop a plan to address the inclusion of mental health education in all Arizona schools. NAMI has an effective stigma reduction program, Ending the Silence, for middle and high school students that is already being implemented in some schools through local affiliates of NAMI, and can be expanded to schools throughout the state.

“We believe in bringing people together to create systems change and address root causes of social issues,” said John Amoroso, executive director of the Lovell Foundation. “We are pleased to support NAMI SA and their partners as they work to eliminate stigma before it takes hold, making it possible for young people to get the help they need to improve their chances of success in school and beyond.”

The result of the planning grant will be an assessment and recommendations for the best course of action to pursue in providing effective school-based mental health education in Arizona.

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About NAMI Southern Arizona, www.namisa.org
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Started by volunteers in 1983, the Southern Arizona affiliate was the fourth to be established nationally. NAMI Southern Arizona serves primarily Tucson and Pima County through education, advocacy and support at no cost to anyone affected by mental illness.

About the David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Over the past 23 years, the Lovell Foundation awarded more than $14 million in grants to nonprofits for specific projects. For more information, visit www.lovellfoundation.org or call (520) 325-3656.

Lovell Foundation and Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Partner to Award Nearly $3 Million for End-of-Life Care and Planning Services

The grants represent a powerful opportunity for nonprofits to target these issues collectively.

TUCSON, Ariz., (July 20, 2017) – The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation announced their alliance to award almost $3 million to Arizona nonprofits to cooperatively address issues related to the awareness, understanding, and availability of end-of-life care, particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities. This vision is shared by all the participating nonprofits, many of whom have worked together for years as part of the End-of-Life Care Partnership with the ELDER Alliance. This innovative community-wide collaboration is one of the largest 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 Clint Mabie, CFSA President and CEO. “We are honored to steward Shaaron Kent’s legacy to the community. Her endowment fund at CFSA allows us to award these multi-year 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.”

The Lovell Foundation awarded a total of $2,507,619 for end-of-life care and planning projects. CFSA grants total $390,000. Grants range from $20,000 to $1 million to support 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.  This year’s grants were awarded to the following organizations:

“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.”

When Shaaron Kent designated in her will that a part of her estate be allocated to hospice programs, a group of volunteers with interest and expertise in end-of-life issues was assembled to help her carry out her wishes. Since 2012, CFSA has granted more than $850,000 from the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund for education on end-of-life issues and programs. CFSA will continue to expand the awareness, understanding, and availability of end-of-life care, particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities.

“This is an inspiring and unique time for our community,” stated Sandra Nathan, VP of Community Investment at CFSA. “This in-depth collaboration and resulting synergies have tremendous potential to improve the quality of lives in Southern Arizona and beyond.”

The Lovell Foundation shared this interest in end-of-life care and previously funded “Passing On,” an award-winning documentary produced by Arizona Public Media and broadcast nationally by PBS, and other projects. “We did a community-wide scan on end-of-life issues. We discovered this group of dedicated organizations and individuals that had been working together with support from CFSA funding. That kind of energy and potential emboldened the Lovell Foundation to expand our commitment to end-of-life care and make an even bigger investment,” said Ann Lovell, President of the family foundation and daughter of its founders.

Bonnie Kampa is a member of the Lovell Foundation board of advisors and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona End of Life Committee. She said, “This amazing partnership of organizations and this significant funding over the next three years will put Southern Arizona – and all of Arizona – on the map as a national model and leader in the field. This vision to apply resources in this field is a great credit to both foundations’ trustees and leadership.”

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About the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, portions of each fund are used to make grants, scholarships, and awards in accordance with each donor’s intentions. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. For more information, visit www.cfsaz.org.


About the David and Lura Lovell Foundation

Over the past 23 years, the Lovell Foundation awarded more than $14 million in grants to nonprofits for specific projects. For more information, visit www.lovellfoundation.org or call (520) 325-3656.

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Lovell Foundation Awards $492,000 to 13 Nonprofits Serving Southern Arizona

The Tucson-based David and Lura Lovell Foundation recently approved $492,000 in grants for 13 Tucson nonprofit organizations to support programs in the areas of mental health, integrative health and wellness, youth access to the arts, and gender parity. Additional grants to two national programs totaled $156,000.

The largest grant this year is for $162,000 to the University of Arizona College of Nursing, as the final portion of three-year funding for the Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship program. The goal is to expand nursing education to encompass more integrative nursing knowledge and skills that can help improve the outcomes of patients with acute and chronic healthcare issues. It is UACON’s vision that in 10-20 years, colleges of nursing throughout the country will incorporate integrative nursing in their continuum of health and wellness programs from baccalaureate through doctoral studies.

A grant for $69,000 was awarded to CommunityShare, toward connecting the expertise of community partners (artists, scientists, retirees, etc.) with students and teachers through an online “matching” platform, workshops/trainings, teacher leadership forums, community events and dialogues, innovation grants, community-based storyteling, and advocacy. In addition to the Lovell Foundation grant, Digital Promise, a nonprofit created by Congress, has committed to partner with CommunityShare to bring Tucson into its network of “education innovation clusters” and begin piloting the online platform as a model nationwide.

Act One received a $50,000 grant toward their field trip program in Tucson, which provides students in Title I schools with engaging, hands-on arts learning opportunities aligned with Arizona’s core curriculum. Act One covers transportation costs, offers “one-stop” scheduling, and provides teaching materials related to the performance or exhibit. Act One’s Tucson arts partners include Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Museum of Art, UA Presents, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Live Theater Workshop, and Arizona Repertory Singers and Theater.

Additional Lovell Foundation grants are:
• $45,000 to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center for their behavioral health program, which serves uninsured and underserved patients at deeply discounted rates. The program treats the psychological, emotional, cognitive and social factors important to the prevention, treatment, and management of physical and behavioral health issues.
• $30,000 to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona toward strategic planning and community facilitation to expand and mature the work of the ELDER Alliance/End of Life Care Coalition to increase quality healthcare choices during the final years of life. This collaborative effort envisions a broadening of vision to include the entire health care network and creation of a “cultural movement” regarding end of life care and planning.
• $25,000 to Children’s Museum Tucson for Art After Dark, a monthly program for youth and families featuring interactive activities facilitated by CMT and local arts organizations in conjunction with “Second Saturdays” downtown community gatherings.
• $25,000 to Coyote Task Force for capacity building to support their mission of providing vocational services in a safe environment for adults recovering from serious mental illness. They strive to combat personal and societal stigma associated with mental illness by providing peer support, education, and community interaction with recovering adults. Current programs are Our Place Clubhouse, Café 54, and Truck 54.
• $25,000 to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation toward the Firefighter Mental Health and Wellness Program, which links first responders and their families with services that address unhealthy coping behaviors and mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress. The goal is to keep mental health concerns from becoming serious problems that affect performance.
• $21,000 to the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts for capacity building for CFA in Schools programming (guitar, dance, and drumming; early elementary music education; and Wellness through the Arts). CFA in Schools builds sustainable arts programs in schools with large populations of at-risk students.
• $15,000 for continuing support of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools/Young People’s Concerts. This is the orchestra’s largest music education program, reaching more than 13,000 students from 90 schools.
• $10,000 to Arizona Theatre Company for the Tucson Student Matinee Series, which provides under-resourced middle and high school students the experience of live professional theater. The goal is to use theater as a catalyst to inspire creativity through the development of language literacy, artistic engagement, critical thinking, and informed cultural identity, as well as to foster an appreciation for theater as an art form.
• $8,000 for Invisible Theatre’s Project Pastime, providing mentally and physically challenged students with instruction in music, drama, and dance, culminating in an original musical called “The Me Inside of Me” which the students create and perform.
• $7,500 to the Tucson Girls Chorus to support outreach and add engagement choirs in underserved areas. The mission of TGC is to prepare a diverse group of young women to be confident leaders through participation in an educational program that emphasizes music, performance, leadership training, and community service.

In addition to funding in the Tucson area, the Foundation made two grants to national media-related programs in gender parity and mental health:
• $80,000 to Chicken & Egg Pictures for their Accelerator Lab to expand the pipeline of women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.
• $76,000 to the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California Annenberg toward measuring the presence and portrayal of mental health conditions in film. The data will enable activists and advocates to address what may be skewed and stereotypical portrayals of mental illness.

The Lovell Foundation was established in 1994 by David and Lura Lovell. Since then the Foundation has awarded over $14 million to support more than 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide. Today the Foundation is led by an executive director, a board of trustees and a board of advisors. More information is at lovellfoundation.org or (520) 325-3656.

ICS Care Partners Program

The attached article on the Care Partners Program was featured in the Interfaith Community Services Spring 2017 newsletter. [Download not found]