Human Services

National Hospice Foundation

Honor. Remember. Invest.

aka NHF

Alexandria, VA


The National Hospice Foundation mission is to inspire donors to advance compassionate end-of-life care. The National Hospice Foundation envisions a world where everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.

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President & CEO

Mr. Edo Banach

Main Address

1731 King Street Suite 200

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA


hospice, end-of-life, palliative care, bereavement, grief, children, veteran(s),





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Hospice (P74)

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Providing Educational Opportunities



Lighthouse of Hope Fund


Emergency Workforce Support Fund

Palliative Care


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NHF supports NHPCO's quality and research initiatives; hospice palliative care provider education opportunities; consumer engagement and caregiver services; the work of FHSSA; and is leading the Capitol Campaign for the National Center.

Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.

Our Mission

Inspiring donors to advance compassionate end-of-life care.

In partnership with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, we work to improve care at the end of life throughout the United States. We raise funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund programs that make a difference in the lives of the patients and families served by NHPCO's membership of more than 3,400 hospice and palliative care providers.

Through our support of Caring Connections, a program of NHPCO, NHF funds the development of resources, tools, and information to educate and empower individuals to access advance care planning, caregiving, hospice and grief services, and information.

While NHF's primary role is fundraising, we collaborate to promote access to high-quality hospice and palliative care for everyone who needs it. We also work to ensure the highest quality of care for seriously ill individuals and their families here in the United States as well as in our special focus area in Africa.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Founded in 1978, NHPCO is the world's premier hospice and palliative care leadership organization. In addition to supporting a diversified membership of hospice and palliative care provider organizations and professionals, NHPCO breaks new ground in professional leadership, consumer and caregiver services, research, legislative advocacy, communications, international development, and issues related to quality care at the end of life.

Global Partners in Care, which began as the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA), was founded in 1999 and officially became part of the NHPCO family of organizations in late 2004.

Through partnerships with more than 70 hospices in 28 states, Global Partners in Care helps support direct care to individuals and their families affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other illnesses in 14 African countries. Global Partners in Care supports their African partners to provide compassionate care to the entire family and community – nutritional, medicine, medical supplies, bedding and school uniforms for orphans and vulnerable children, bicycles and vehicles for transportation, and creating volunteer caregiver networks and youth care clubs to engage and empower vulnerable youth.

One indicator of the growing success of NHF and its programs are the initiatives created in the past and those that are created each year. Some of the programs affiliated with NHF are:

Caregiver and Family Resources - special report: Private Conversations and Public Discourse
Quality and Access
Professional Education
Lighthouse of Hope Fund

Educational Grant Scholarships

With the goal of furthering knowledge and skill in palliative care among professionals in the U.S. as well as globally NHF offers scholarships for nurses and social workers both domestic and international. These grants build capacity that will be disseminated throughout the world to those working towards improving palliative care.

Progress can be difficult to measure at times, particularly for a large national organization such as NHF. We believe, however, that our progress and success can be seen in the number of people we are able to help in the United States through our programs and our advocacy campaign. These programs are vital to many who depend on them for access to healthcare, medical treatment, medical training, and other aid programs. In its 22 years of existence, the NHPCO/NHF has expanded more than we could have imagined and it continues to grow each year.

The expansion and creation of new programs and the opening of new hospice foundations across the United States are also a sure sign of our success. Continual expansion throughout the continent allows us to extend our reach to both rural communities and urban areas. Our scholarship program that allows nurses from across the United States to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of congress to discuss the need for palliative care is also an important aspect of our organization that can be seen. The expansion of programs allows us to continue our overall goal of providing compassionate care across the continent, while also ensuring that all of those in need of end-of-life care have access to the treatment they deserve and need.

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 2007


National Hospice Foundation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We have a Diversity initiative to serve hospice patients and their families. Included in this effort is to ensure that our hospice providers are encouraging a diverse workforce. To demonstrate this effort, NHF and it's parent organization ensures diversity "starts at home" with our own staff and board and committees.