Lovell Foundation and Community Foundation for Southern Arizona End-of-Life Care Grants

TUCSON, Ariz., (June 23, 2020) – The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation announced that grant funding totaling $3,656,534 has been awarded to 12 nonprofits to cooperatively address issues related to the awareness, understanding, and availability of end-of-life care, particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities.

The foundations are offering strategic, multi-year grants to help change the narrative of how we plan for and experience death and dying in Southern Arizona.

The funding partnership between the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and The Lovell Foundation began in 2017 when the two foundations came together to award more than $3 million to support end-of-life care programs. To continue this important work over the next three years, the following organizations have been awarded funding for the 2020-2023 grant cycle:

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona began supporting end-of-life care in 2010 as an original funder of the community-wide Elder Initiative (now the ELDER Alliance). After the tragic and sudden death of Shaaron Kent, a portion of her estate came to CFSA to support three areas she felt passionate about, one of which was hospice programs in Southern Arizona. The Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund was established in 2012 as a field of interest fund to carry out her wishes.

“The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is honored to steward Shaaron Kent’s legacy to the community through our End-of-Life Care funding partnership with the Lovell Foundation,” shared Kelly Huber, Director of Community Investments at CFSA. “Her endowment fund allows us to award multi-year grants to organizations addressing end-of-life care issues and the universal experiences of death, dying, and grieving. The increase in awareness of end-of-life care and in the services available to underserved members of our community compared to three years ago is a testament to the power of nonprofit and funding organizations working together to address complex issues.”

The David and Lura Lovell Foundation envisions a community where all people have access to integrative approaches to health care and wellness throughout the spectrum of life. After co-funding an award-winning film, Passing On, about a community that achieved a 95 percent advance directive completion rate, the Lovell Foundation began working collaboratively with CFSA to fund a larger initiative aimed at changing the conversation around dying in Pima County.

“The Lovell Foundation is proud to continue our joint support for The Partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona,” said John Amoroso, Executive Director of the Lovell Foundation. “Together, we are helping to create a culture-shift in the way we talk about, prepare for, and care for ourselves and our loved ones at end of life in Southern Arizona and beyond. A global pandemic and the exposure of racial inequities in health care, especially end-of-life care, has only heightened the need for this work.”

With funding provided by the Lovell Foundation in 2019, Southern Arizona Senior Pride developed an End of Life Planning Program that educates, encourages, and enables LGBTQI+ people to prepare their Advance Care Directives in a culturally responsive and safe setting. “This three-year grant from the David and Lura Lovell Foundation will propel our program into the future,” shared Lavina Tomer, Volunteer Executive Director at Senior Pride. “It enables us to become a consistent leader and educator in our community for the crucial task of preparing for the end of our lives.”

With the vision that no child grieves alone, Tu Nidito helps children, teens, young adults, and their families find comfort, hope, and support when impacted by the diagnosis of a serious medical condition or the death of someone special.  Annually, Tu Nidito serves more than 700 children plus their adult caregivers.

“Tu Nidito is honored to be selected as a recipient of a three-year end-of-life grant from the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund at CFSA. With this grant Tu Nidito will be able to carry out the important work of supporting children facing end-of-life issues through individualized and group support programming when a parent or caregiver has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition,” shared Liz McCusker, Executive Director at Tu Nidito.

Of the 200,000 people who live in poverty in Pima County, 140,000 will have a civil legal need this year, facing barriers to basic human rights that are difficult to overcome without a qualified attorney’s services. The right to dignified end-of-life planning is one of these needs, and the volunteer attorneys at Step Up to Justice are bringing those services to low-income clients where and when they need them.

“We believe that every individual, regardless of circumstances, has the right to make well-informed decisions about their wishes for health directives, future care for heirs and dependents, and transfer of personal property and assets,” said Michele Mirto, Executive Director of Step Up to Justice. “Our new pro bono legal services project, Prep with Tech: End-of-Life Planning, funded by the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, will provide low-income residents of Pima County with expert legal assistance in preparing wills, advanced directives, beneficiary deeds, and health care Power of Attorney.”

All participating nonprofits share that vision, several having worked together as part of the Arizona 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.

“The Mission of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership is to enhance the way we live by fundamentally changing the way we talk about death,” shared LaVonne Douville, Chief Impact Officer at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “We want to ensure that people’s individual priorities are communicated and understood so they can live and end well. We are immensely grateful to Lovell and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for making it possible for Tucson to be a leader in creating best practices around this work.”

Learn more about the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership and the collective work being done in Southern Arizona to encourage compassionate, honest conversations about mortality at azendoflifecare.org.

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About the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

Since 1980, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) has been a trusted philanthropic partner helping individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits work together to create a stronger community. These funding partnerships allow CFSA to improve the quality of life throughout Southern Arizona by stewarding donor and community resources to measurably affect change. To date, CFSA has awarded over $200 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and educational institutions. For more information, visit www.cfsaz.org or call (520) 770-0800.

About The David and Lura Lovell Foundation

Over the past 25 years, the Lovell Foundation has awarded $33.6 million in grants to more than 100 nonprofits in the areas of Integrative Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Youth Access to the Arts and Gender Parity. The end of life care and planning initiative falls under Integrative Health and Wellness, working to make available integrative modalities and support individual and family choice across the life continuum. For more information, visit www.lovellfoundation.org or call (520) 325-3656.

“The Mask You Live In” Screening and Panel Discussion

Tackling the Crisis facing Boys and Men in Tucson

Many boys are taught to never show their emotions, and that they must win at all costs. In addition, teenaged boys today often lack access to loving, reliable adult men who can accompany their own journey towards adulthood. As a result, adolescent boys in America today are at increased risks for depression, anxiety, suicide, and acting out in violent ways. All of these problems are hyper-concentrated by other factors in Tucson, such as racism, poverty, trauma, and intergenerational cycles of violence. Our boys need our help.

On June 26th, Boys to Men Tucson is partnering with The Loft Cinema, The University of Arizona’s Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office, TUSD, and Healthy Pima to host a critical event on behalf of the boys and young men in Southern Arizona.

Ashanti Branch’s groundbreaking work is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Mask You Live In.”

This two-part event begins with a screening of this powerful documentary, which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

At 4 PM :Ashanti Branch, whose work is featured in the film, will facilitate an interactive workshop with all participants that focuses on gender socialization, equity, and mental health—and his work in particular is attentive to the experience of black and brown masculine-identified teenagers.

Around 5 PM, we will introduce our local leaders, who will localize the stakes of the conversation by sharing a bit about how issues of masculinity and gender equity impact their own communities in Tucson.

The panelists are:

  • Anna Harper-Guerrero, from Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Gabe Trujillo, Superintendent of TUSD
  • Lance Meeks, Goodwill Metro Youth Program
  • Chucho Ruiz, Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Michael Brasher, Boys to Men Tucson

The Healthy US Collaborative Announces TakeFive

Dear Lovell Foundation,

We are pleased to let you know that today we launched TakeFive, a micro campaign of The TakeCare Campaign! The purpose of this special effort is to widely promote five of the film shorts that are particularly relevant during COVID-19.

With TakeFive and TakeCare, we aim to reach the broadest range of Americans possible by addressing the most prevalent and preventable health care issues facing our nation. Our goal with these powerful short films is for each of us to see ourselves within the characters in the films – to help trigger an a-ha moment for each of us.

We’ve created a dedicated landing page encouraging visitors to sign up for an email newsletter. We also are initiating an Instagram campaign to raise awareness of TakeFive and to share the films, blogs written by our health advisors, Did You Knows which are interesting facts about health and well-being, and other content.

We would love your help to spread these dynamic new health-promoting resources to everyone we can reach.

  • Please visit http://takecare.org to sign up for our email newsletter.
  • Follow and engage with us on Instagram @takecareus.
  • Read a blog on ThriveGlobal authored by our medical advisor, Dr. Judy Salerno, the president of the New York Academy of Medicine. She presents an overview of the five film shorts featured in the micro campaign.
  • Please use the attached viewing guide to have conversations with your colleagues, patients, and friends.
  • Send us any information on leaders or colleagues you think would be interested in hearing from us.
  • Finally, feel free to share any evidence-based tools that you believe could help people on their journey to health and well-being, particularly during COVID-19. We will post and disseminate some of these materials through TakeFive and TakeCare channels.  Email your content to Sharon at SReis@HealthyUSCollaborative.org.

We truly value your support and hope together we can help our country through these unprecedented times.

Christy Mack, Co-founder and Chair
Ann Lovell, Co-founder and Vice Chair
Sharon Reis, Executive Director

The Healthy US Collaborative
The TakeCare Campaign and TakeFive

NAMI COVID-19 Resources

Click here for information and resources on mental health during COVID-19 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

To register for the the forthcoming Ask the Expert on youth mental health in the time of COVID-19, click here.

Girl Scouts Cookie Care Digital Campaign

In the wake of COVID-19, Girl Scouts USA has launched a digital Cookie Care Campaign as traditional sales were suspended. Click here for more information. Over the past few weeks, Girl Scouts have stepped up in amazing ways to stay connected, help each other, and make a difference in their communities.

Recording of NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: COVID-19 and Mental Health

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 Click here to access the recording.

Files for Download from the webinar:

Presentation Slides

NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide

Working Remotely During COVID-19 Guide by the Center for Workplace Mental Health

You can find additional resources related to mental health and workplace at www.nami.org/stigmafreeco