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Giving Societies & Programs

“You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die” 

                ~ Dame Cicely Saunders

Thank you for your interest in making a gift to Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. Your gift will keep Cicely Saunders’ passion alive by providing the best care possible for our patients. With your annual gift, you can become a member of an Annual Giving Society:

The Founders Society

In honor of Dame Cecily Saunders, and the founder of Hospice Buffalo, Charlotte Shedd, the Founder’s Society was established in 2004 to recognize outstanding leadership in annual giving that benefits patients and families served by Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. With an annual gift of $10,000 or more, you will be recognized for your outstanding generosity. 

You will be honored as a Founder’s Society member on the Honor Roll plaque at the Hospice Mitchell Campus. In addition, donors are recognized in the annual report and are invited to exclusive VIP donor events and activities.

More about Dame Cicely Saunders

Dame Cicely Saunders, a remarkable person whose dedication and commitment to the dying changed the face of health care throughout the world, was the original pioneer of the modern hospice movement. She dedicated her entire life to improving end-of-life care, along with revolutionizing the way in which society cares for the ill, the dying, and the bereaved.

More about Charlotte Shedd, RN

Charlotte Shedd, RN, was enthralled by the concepts of the hospice movement. After Charlotte and her husband, Dr. Donald Shedd, moved to Buffalo in 1967, they began to look into the possibility of forming a hospice in their new hometown. Charlotte was chairman of the Hospice Buffalo Board and executive director for 15 years, and went on to serve on state and national hospice boards.

The Klosterman Society

"I will forever be grateful for the care Pauline received. I believe strongly in the work and mission of Hospice and I am proud to be associated with the organization." 
                                ~ Jack Klosterman

The Jack and Pauline Klosterman Society was created in 2011 to recognize annual donors who generously donate between $1,000 and $9,999. Klosterman donors are recognized in the annual report and are invited to exclusive VIP donor events and activities.

More about Jack & Pauline Klosterman

In 1990, Pauline was diagnosed with cancer and 10 years later she passed away in Hospice care. In gratitude for his wife's care, Jack became a donor, tireless volunteer, and board member of the Hospice Foundation. Jack too passed away in Hospice care in June 2013. In gratitude, this legacy is a reflection of his commitment to the compassionate care Hospice affords to all its patients.

Here are some of the innovative programs and services you can support. Click on each to learn more:

Unrestricted Patient Care

Quality patient care is always Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo’s top priority. We will use your gift to support direct patient care and a variety of innovative programs and services that enhance the quality of life of our patients.

Hospice Angel Fund

Hospice cares for patients and families that have slipped through the social safety net in our community and who are without basic necessities. The Hospice Angel Fund was created to directly address the needs of our less fortunate patients and families. Donating to this fund will provide support for families in need and will include funding for food, clothing, supplies, utilities and other basic needs. In addition, the Angel Fund seeks to enhance our patients’ quality of life by supporting programs like the Birthday Brigade, Music & Memory and Lifetime Stories, and allows for special extras that help ease the end of life journey.

Giggle Fund

The Giggle Fund was created by the late Neil Rudin and his wife, Cheryl, to bring joy into the lives of children in the Essential Care for Children Program. Making a donation to the Hospice Giggle Fund will brighten the days of Hospice's pediatric patients by covering the costs of celebratory events, entertainment and other activities that will bring them laughter and joy.

Capital Improvements Fund

Regular maintenance and improvements to the Hospice Mitchell Campus, other Hospice properties and equipment are important in sustaining the valuable service provided to our patients during their difficult journey. Please support Hospice in this important cause by making a donation today.

Green Fund

Contributing to this fund provides for the beautification of the Mitchell Campus. The Green Fund keeps our campus blooming and beautiful. The majestic surroundings bring comfort and peace to our patients and their families.

Indigent Care

Hospice is a Medicare benefit, however many of our patients do not qualify for this benefit and are either uninsured or under insured. Our team makes every effort to qualify them for Medicaid reimbursement, but many times they pass away before the paperwork has been qualified and the family is left with unmanageable bills. Donating to the Hospice indigent care fund helps to offset expenses for families in financial need.

Expressive Therapies

Our credentialed music, art and massage therapists play an integral role in enhancing the quality of life for adults and families in Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, as well as for children in the Essential Care program. Various therapeutic interventions are offered to provide a creative outlet for self-expression, help patients and families manage pain and other symptoms, decrease loneliness and isolation, encourage movement and active engagement, and facilitate reminiscence of pleasant memories. Support some of the most beautiful moments in Hospice care by donating to Hospice Expressive Therapies.

Essential Care for Children

Essential Care for Children is a home-based palliative (symptom control) care program that provides coordination of medical care, and psychosocial and spiritual support to children from infancy through adolescence who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, as well as their family. Our program works closely with Oishei Children's Hospital and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Your donation will make a big difference in a child's quality of life.

Research and Education


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Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo has a dedicated Research Team that is committed to conducting research that translates into tangible quality-of-life improvements for patients and their families. Their projects range from person-centered to programmatic studies. We take pride in staying at the forefront of education related to the end of life journey for all employees and medical staff. Donate to Hospice research and education — your support will help Hospice Buffalo remain innovative.


To learn more, contact the Development Office:

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If you would like to support Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, please make checks payable to:

Hospice Foundation
P.O. Box 590
Buffalo, NY 14240-0590

Fax: 716-686-8181