Our Investing Partners are leaders, organizations, and individuals who are passionate about end-of-life care in our community. They share a financial commitment to fundamentally change the way we talk about death by providing services, leadership, and funding.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in the community by convening people and organizations to find innovative solutions that positively impact more
than 150,000 lives a year in Southern Arizona. The role of United Way as community convener enables them to form strategic partnerships, mobilize the best resources, and be the catalyst for essential positive
change. United Way serves as the anchor organization for the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, which brings together diverse people, organizations, and systems toward a shared mission to enhance the way
we live by fundamentally changing the way we talk about death.
All Seasons Oro Valley
With an esteemed reputation of compassionate service, All Seasons Oro Valley does everything possible to ensure that their residents’ individual needs are met. Homes are exclusively deemed as rental-only, so that residents have peace of mind knowing that there is no expensive buy-in fee. All Seasons residents can easily transition in a community that offers independent living, home care services, assisted living, and memory care. ...learn more
All Seasons is a resort-style living concept that offers multiple options including apartments and individual homes with superior attention to detail, choice, and freedom of living.
Banner-University Medical Center
Banner-University Medical Center Tucson specializes in comprehensive heart and cancer care, advanced neuroscience techniques, care and treatment for stroke, and multi-organ transplants. Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is Southern Arizona's only Level I Trauma Center, providing care for the most critically injured patients. Banner-University Medical Center Tucson was the first in Arizona to receive Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. This designation is a testament to the innovative, safe and thoughtful care that their professional nurses provide patients every day. ...learn more
Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is a Certified Primary Stroke Center with a program that begins in the emergency room and continues throughout the hospital stay extending to Banner-University Rehabilitation department. This includes administration of tPA, advanced imaging for emergent intervention, neurosurgical procedures, medication management, multidisciplinary treatment team, and assessment for rehabilitation needs or other services after discharge. The overarching mission of Banner-University Medical Center is to make healthcare easier so life can be better.
Casa de la Luz Foundation
Casa de la Luz Foundation is committed to empowering hospice patients and their loved ones to transform the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well. Serving all hospice-certified individuals and working closely with community partners, the work of the Foundation focuses on three mission areas: providing supplemental support to hospice patients for items or services not covered by health insurance, educating the community about end-of-life issues, and supporting research concerning end-of-life care. ...learn more
The Foundation helps to meet hospice patient needs (such as financial, personal, and/or funeral expenses) through fund requests submitted by social workers and other healthcare professionals. Community education is delivered primarily through an annual end-of-life conference and through the provision of Five Wishes, an advance care directive document. End-of-life care research is provided through grants to local organizations. A previous grant helped to fund a music therapy program and a current grant is focusing on a behavioral program to reduce agitation in patients with dementia. The Foundation has collaborated with the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership in community education and outreach events that support the overall mission of the Partnership.
Casa de la Luz
Casa de la Luz provides end-of-life care in Southern Arizona. Offering hospice, community palliative care, and extensive bereavement services, the breadth of programs at Casa de la Luz extends through every stage at end of life. Within the hospice program, Casa de la Luz operates two inpatient units for acute symptom management and Kanmar Place, Southern Arizona’s only residential hospice home. ...learn more
Additionally, Casa de la Luz provides free education and support to community organizations on a wide range of topics, including healthcare planning, caregiving stress management, and dealing with grief. As a partner in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, Casa de la Luz collaborates with other community organizations to provide superior end-of-life care in Southern Arizona. With more than twenty years of service, locally-owned and -operated Casa de la Luz has provided end-of-life care to more than 20,000 families.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
CFSA connects donors to the causes that they care about by serving as a vital link between philanthropy and the needs of the community. Since it was founded in 1980, hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses have established funds at the Community Foundation, building a philanthropic community of over 500 funds. To date, these funds have provided nearly $200 million to nonprofit organizations and scholars. The work of CFSA touches every aspect of daily life, including end of life, animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, and health and human services. ...learn more
In the role as convener, facilitator, collaborator, and educator, CFSA works directly with nonprofits, local government, the business community, and other community partners to inspire and enact long-term solutions. Since 2012, through the legacy of the Shaaron Kent Endowment, the Community Foundation has been supporting programs that help ease the transition from life to death. These programs encourage discussion and subsequent action around end-of-life issues and educate individuals, caregivers, medical personnel, family members, and the general community about the needs of the dying and the choices available to them.
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Established in 1994, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation supports work in areas of mental health, integrative health and wellness, including end-of-life care and planning, youth access to the arts, and gender parity. In its first twenty-five years, the Foundation has invested over $26 million in 120 nonprofit organizations for local, regional, and national projects that support people and initiatives, empower lives, provide opportunities, improve conditions, and advance community. ...learn more
Today, the Foundation is propelled by the passions of the second and third generations of the Lovell family and their trusted advisors. The Arizona End of Life Care Partnership is of special interest to the Lovell family because of David’s own end-of-life experience. The initial grant to the Partnership was made in 2017 and funded ten community organizations, thereby launching this important work focusing on end-of-life care in Southern Arizona.
Dependable Hospice and Palliative Care
Dependable Hospice Care is committed to caring, quality, and community. As the newest part of the Dependable Health Services family, they provide a seamless care transition from Home Health to Hospice. Since 1992, Dependable Health Services has offered a full-range of home health services for everyone. ...learn more
The new Dependable Hospice Care company adheres to the same high standards and values as their home health care services. Dependable Hospice Care works closely with physicians and patients to provide quick and effective care. The entire team is dedicated to providing optimal in-home care to ensure that patients and families have everything they need. The Dependable family is community-focused and supports Tucson through our volunteer and philanthropic efforts.
Dependable Hospice Care will provide hospice care services that include:
• Medical Director
• Skilled Nurses
• Social Services
• Home Health Aide
• Bereavement/Volunteer Services
Integrative Touch for Kids
Integrative Touch for Kids is working to change the way people experience healthcare. ITK supports families whose children have any type of special health or medical need, including cancers, genetic conditions, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic stress, and other serious health issues. ...learn more
They have pioneered a new therapy called Integrative Touch™️ that reaches 3500 people each year in both the hospital and community settings. They engage communities in support of families struggling with special medical needs, improving the quality of life for all. Thanks to the incredible support of our volunteers and contributors, families receive their healing services free of charge.
Interfaith Community Services
Since 1985, ICS has helped people in need to achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives. ICS focuses on four areas with a myriad of services: financial stability, independence for older adults, self-sufficiency, and healthier community. ICS provides emergency assistance and case management to promote financial stability. Through transportation, friendly visitors, and nutritious home-delivered meals, ICS supports independent living for older adults. ...learn more
ICS provides community-based health education and mental health first aid as well as end-of-life care education and support. As a partner in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, ICS offers a range of opportunities for Arizonans to learn about the benefits of advance care planning and is committed to helping us all embrace dying and death as part of life. Transforming end of life from a purely medical experience to a deeply human, spiritual experience is at the heart of their holistic end-of-life care program. To volunteer or for more information about services, please call 520-297-6049.
Loving Spirit is a non-profit organization that is changing the way we think about, prepare for, and respond to grief and loss. Loving Spirit offers free two-day hands-on interactive workshops that include educational training in skillsets, tools, and mindsets that make navigating the journey of loss less frightening and more understandable for adults who are grieving. Since 2015, Loving Spirit has presented workshops across the country and is continuing to expand its facilitator team and increase workshop opportunities, thereby impacting more and more lives. Loving Spirit workshops are not religious-based and are not therapy; they delve into the way loss impacts our unique personalities through a variety of lenses. ...learn more
Each workshop provides historical, philosophical, psychological, physiological, and cultural perspectives of the grief process. Workshops are limited to thirty participants and are facilitated by trained individuals who have also attended a Loving Spirit workshop. These workshops offer a safe nurturing environment to grieving adults. Partnering with the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership has allowed Loving Spirit to provide workshops in Tucson. For more information on upcoming workshops or to register, please click the link above or call Loving Spirit founder, Dayle Spencer (808-446-6060), or Tucson contact Valerie Barsevich (520-245-6297).
Pima Council on Aging
For over 50 years, the mission of PCOA has been to promote dignity and respect for aging and to advocate for independence in the lives of older adults and their families in Pima County, now and for generations to come. PCOA offers expertise in aging well, advocacy, and unbiased information for older people and their families. PCOA links older adults with resources focused on maintaining independence, encouraging healthy aging, supporting family caregivers, advocating for rights, and assisting with understanding and accessing benefits. ...learn more
As a Partner in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, PCOA is committed to helping older adults and the loved ones who care about them with resources, educational opportunities, and tools that can assist with decisions about end-of-life care. Trained bilingual specialists provide older adults or their family members with information about end-of-life care planning, so that they may plan and share their choices with loved ones and medical providers. For further information about end-of-life care resources and planning for older adults, please call the Helpline for Older Adults 520-546-2018.
Southwest Content produces, creates, directs, and completes “moving media” and prides itself in shining the light on the journey so that everyone can see the way. Keith Brust, Tom Veneklasen, and Nolan Veneklasen work diligently to tell a story by capturing people and places all over the world. ...learn more
Southwest Content collaborated with the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership to produce a video that celebrates the alliance of individual Partners working together to support the mission of engaging, empowering and connecting people as they plan and live their lives.
Southwest Folklife Alliance
Southwest Folklife Alliance is committed to building more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage, and diversity in the greater southwest. By increasing understanding and respect for heritage, traditional arts, and folklife practices throughout the southwest region, SFA supports equity and civic engagement. ...learn more
SFA has partnered with the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership to share cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in the folk, ethnic, occupational, faith-based, and alternative communities in Southern Arizona. Film documentaries have been created to capture the death and mourning rituals of four unique Southern Arizona communities. Each piece was facilitated by a meal or a gathering in order to experience candid death, grief, and mourning rituals. The overarching goal of SFA’s projects is to honor tradition and build cultural literacy.
At TMC HealthCare, life is considered a sacred journey of transformation, personal growth, and discovery. At the core of this belief is that each individual has the right to die pain-free, with dignity, and in a manner that respects their wishes. Whether through the hospice program, advanced-care initiatives, or hospital-based palliative care efforts, TMC abides by this guiding principle. As an investing partner in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, TMC works to ensure that families receive the support that they need to help their loved one through their path. ...learn more
TMC Hospice cares for people with a life-limiting illness once they decide that medical care to cure the underlying disease is no longer the best path. TMC Hospice offers the only inpatient hospice facility for children in Southern Arizona and cares for about 300 veterans each year. TMC works to provide evidence-based patient and provider education and informational resources to primary care practices, hospital case management, and volunteer organizations to improve the ability to have end-of-life care planning discussions with adults and their caregivers. TMC for Seniors provides individual advance care planning consultations as well as lectures and workshops for adults of any age.
When a patient is ready for comfort care, choosing a hospice means avoiding unwanted hospitalizations and medical treatment and procedures. The Tucson Medical Center Hospice Team aims to support patients' and caregivers' wishes while helping them achieve their goals. Using an interdisciplinary group approach of physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, volunteers, spiritual counselors, bereavement counselors, and others, Tucson Medical Hospice provides palliative care in the home, short-term inpatient/respite services at Peppi's House, mobilization and coordination of ancillary services, and bereavement support. ...learn more
At Tucson Medical Center Hospice, life is considered a sacred journey of transformation, personal growth and discovery. Its mission is to help those with life-limiting illnesses or injury travel their path with compassion, dignity and love.
As an investing partner in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, Tu Nidito Children and Family Services serves as the voice, the professional support system, and the provider of a full continuum of care for children during end of life. Whether it is the child or their parent that is dying, children’s voices cannot be ignored. Tu Nidito plays an active role during personal end-of-life experiences to ensure that children understand what is happening at an age-appropriate level and that they have the support that they need to safely cope with their grief. ...learn more
Through participation in community-based education and community support services, The role of Tu Nidito within the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership is to provide education to Partners and to the community at large that safeguards the needs of children and reduces barriers to support and understanding during end-of-life situations.
Viable Insights collaborates with organizations who want to develop and implement more effective programs and initiatives — enabling them to have greater impact. We do this through applied research and evaluation, strategic planning, data collection tools, organizational development, data analysis and management, and customized trainings and workshops. As an investing partner, Viable Insights conducted a partnership-wide survey to determine the effectiveness of the Partnership and is currently working on the development of a website Partnership Portal.
Vitalyst Health Foundation
From the beginning, Vitalyst has pursued how to best leverage available resources and assets in concert with those of the community and partners. Today, their work coalesces into five overarching goals: Access to Care and Coverage, Healthy Community Design, Community Capacity Building, Transformative Grantmaking, and Civic Health. From beginning to end, we all benefit from a healthcare system that’s designed to produce health with the fundamental understanding that health is created everywhere we live, work, learn, and play. Skilled, adaptive, and resilient leaders, organizations, and coalitions are crucial catalysts towards this effort. Policies and systems are transformed for the better by aligning insightful partners and taking significant risks. ...learn more
Increased civic participation for inclusive decision-making advances health equity for all. Over its history, Vitalyst has invested nearly $125 million into Arizona health, in areas ranging from statewide health policy to local community gardens. Along the way, the organization has established itself as a thought leader, convener, framer, and catalyst of key health initiatives and coalitions.