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Know Your Nonprofit: Hospice of the Foothills

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Organization Name: Hospice of the Foothills

Founded: 1979

CNL Member since: 2003

Carolynn Peterson, executive director

11270 Rough and Ready Hwy

Grass Valley, CA 95945

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530-272-5739

Web Page: http://www.hospiceofthefoothills.org

What is your mission statement?

Hospice of the Foothills affirms life and promotes dignity at the end of life by providing professional, comprehensive and compassionate care to patients and their loved ones.

What is your yearly budget and how many paid employees do you have?



Our budget is $7.4 million. We serve more than 500 local patients and families annually, providing hospice, palliative and respite care as well as unreimbursed supportive services including bereavement care and community outreach.

Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance fund almost 90 percent of services and $1 million is from community support.




We employ nearly 100 employees, including care teams, administrative support and Gift & Thrift staff. More than 400 volunteers provide services including patient respite, spiritual care, Gift & Thrift and Friends of Hospice activities.

What is your nonprofit’s history and biggest achievements?

We began serving patients in Nevada and Placer counties in 1979 with an all-volunteer staff. By the early 1980s, paid professionals — including nurses, medical social workers, an executive director, and administrators — joined the volunteer staff. In 1994, HOF became a Medicare and Medi-Cal-certified hospice agency.

We completed the Hospice of the Foothills campus in 2008 and opened the Compassionate Care Home, an on-site, state-licensed, Medicare certified in-patient hospice care facility, in 2010.

List the biggest challenges you face.

1. Continuing the robust scope of services despite declining Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance coverage.

2. Providing end-of-life care to meet the needs of those patients and families (almost 35 percent) who choose care only in the last 10 days or less of life.

3. Community outreach.

What is your No. 1 short-term goal for the next year?

To broaden our services and to reach more of those patients and families who are eligible for and deserve the highest quality end-of-life and supportive care and services.

What are your major fundraisers and dates?

Formed in 1981, Friends of Hospice is a 150-member group that hosts annual fundraising events such as the KNCO Jail & Bail in March, the Butterfly Garden in May, Breakfast in the Park in July and Tree of Love/Celebration of Lives in December. Hospice of the Foothills’ annual fund drive, Circle of Care, is conducted in early fall. Year round giving opportunities include Hospice of the Foothills’ Memorial Wall and Hospice of the Foothills Gift & Thrift stores in Penn Valley, Nevada City and Grass Valley. Our “No-Show Gala” fundraiser is taking place during the next few months.

What is the best way a person interested in your organization could help?

Review the volunteer opportunities online.

Hospice of the Foothills is a member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which provides the weekly Know Your Nonprofit feature. Learn more about The Center for Nonprofit Leadership online at http://CNLSierra.org. The Center is on Facebook http://facebook.com/NevadaCounty NonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.


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