By Todd Cohen
RALEIGH, N.C. — Hospice of Wake County plans to hire a staff member to develop a planned giving program for the group’s foundation, thanks to a $75,000 grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh.
“With so many changes that are going on in health care right now, we want to be sure that we are ensuring that we will be accessible to the community in years to come,” said Karolyn Kaye, Hospice’s executive director.
The new planned giving initiative will aim to raise $1 million within three years, she said.
Hospice in February also hired Donna Tate as development director. Tate, formerly development officer for Church World Service, which organizes the annual crop walk to fight hunger, is responsible for raising about one-fourth of the organization’s $4.3 million in annual income.
That includes an annual dinner and fund drive, which this year aim to raise nearly $100,000, up from $80,000 last year.
Hospice also recently received $30,000 from the Hillsdale Fund in Greensboro to expand a program of working with bereaved teens. The new program will allow teens to use photography to tell stories about themselves and their loved ones.