Our Grantees have laid the important groundwork for our Partnership through specific programs and projects that significantly enhance End of Life Care in our community. We are grateful for the ongoing commitment and passion toward our mission to fundamentally change the way we talk about death.

Thanks to major funding by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, ten organizations received grants to lay the foundation for the partnership.


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

To serve as the backbone organization for the End of Life Care Partnership; provide Partnership Leadership; planning and development; broad communication, marketing; public relations; grantee management; partnership strategy and expansion.

Sarah Ascher, Senior Director
Michelle Urbina, Grants Management Specialist
Alysha Ramirez Hall, Data Scientist

Email EOLCP@unitedwaytucson.org or call 520.903.3911 to receive monthly updates, invitations to meetings and events or to find out how you can support the initiative.

Pima Council on Aging

To staff a dedicated End of Life Care Information Helpline (520.546.2018); to increase the knowledge of all PCOA direct care staff in the end of life care planning; to provide one on one support to assist community members in completing advance directives; and to increase community awareness of end of life care issues.

Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

To engage the community in Thoughtful Life Conversations™ program regarding Advance Care Planning. To train physicians and health care teams regarding Communication in Serious Illness.

Contact the AZHHA End of Life Care Program Director at 602.445.4312 for more information.

El Rio Community Health Center

To support a new Registered Nurse – Advance Care Planning Project (RN-ACP) to help train medical provider teams to improve their capacity and confidence in having end of life care conversations with their patients. This work will be conducted at 7 different locations within El Rio Health. The RN-ACP will utilize current El Rio tools and models, combined with other national best practices, to create and test a model for an ideal end of life care journey within community health centers.

Contact El Rio Health at 520.791.8798

Interfaith Community Services

To develop and utilize standardized curriculum for educating the community on Advance Care Planning; to train volunteers and other organizations on its use; to train coaches to assist individuals with Advance Directives and to assist Jewish Family and Children Services in providing workshops on Ethical Wills.

For information about community workshops and volunteer training options, contact the ICS End of Life Care Lead Trainer at

Tucson Medical Center Foundation

To provide resources to primary care practices, hospital case management and volunteer organizations to improve advance care planning for adults and their caregivers. This includes introducing Advance Care Planning (ACP) Decisions videos in multiple languages and from multiple cultural perspectives that assist people in making more informed decisions.

If you are a healthcare organization wanting more information about this program, please contact the Director of Care Coordination at Abacus Health/Arizona Community Physicians at 520.545.1183.

Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

To enhance the Angels by your Side program which offers support for children and families from serious illness to bereavement. An additional award was provided to allow Tu Nidito to serve as the voice of children.

Contact Tu Nidito at 520.322.9155. 

Our Family Services

Providing in-home counseling, elder mediation, elder circles, and Honoring a Life workshops in the community.

Contact Our Family Services at 520.323.1708.

Southwest Folklife Alliance

To produce death discourse dinner events that bring awareness to vulnerable communities of color about end-of-life through culturally-relevant practices impacting planning, palliative care, hospice, and the grief process.

Contact Southwest Folklife Alliance at 520.621.4046.

Tohono O’odham Nursing Care Authority Foundation

To support stakeholder engagement, outreach events, and staff to facilitate needs assessments and community reports on end-of-life services for the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The Archie Hendricks Skilled Nursing Facility, operated by TONCA, provides in-patient hospice and palliative care. 

Contact Tohono O'odham Nursing Care Authority Foundation (TONCA) at 520.585.5500.

The University of Arizona Center on Aging

To support the Living Will Project which is designed to enhance medical students' knowledge of and comfort with end-of-life conversations; to support integration of the project into the new University of Arizona College of Medicine curriculum.

Casa de la Luz Foundation 

The Foundation strives to transform the end of life experience into the final act of living well. Through the EOLCP, Casa Foundation provides Five Wishes, advance directives written in lay terms. These booklets, in English and Spanish, are distributed free of charge to assist recipients in starting end-of-life conversations.

To request copies, please visit www.casafoundation.org or phone 520.351.5441.