Mission & Vision

As a not for profit charity organization, the specific mission of the Foundation is to provide funding to meet the special needs of individual dying patients and their families.

The staff of the Foundation for End of Life Care mourns the loss of Dr. Richard Payne, who died on January 3, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina after a brief illness.  Dr. Payne, a friend and ally of the Foundation and the hospice world, was internationally recognized and known in the areas of pain relief, palliative care, oncology and neurology.  He was board certified in Pain Mangement and Neurology and Palliative Care.  He was educated at Yale University and Harvard Medical School and served as the Chief of the Pain and Symptom Management Section of Neurology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He was leading the Pain and Palliative Care Center at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York when Dr. Richard Fife, President of the Foundation, asked him to become a community member of the VITAS Healthcare Corporate Ethics Committee, the first national ethics committee on hospice.  Dr. Payne served with distinction on this committee for many years.  The Foundation for End of Life Care, along with VITAS Healthcare and its founders, Hugh Westbrook and Esther Colliflower, raised millions of dollars to fund the Esther Colliflower Chair that Dr. Payne held at Duke University, as well as the Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life, which was blessed with Dr. Payne’s leadership for many years. We remain grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Dr. Payne over the years;  and, we recognize his longstanding commitment and contributions to palliative care and hospice as invaluable.  Like so many, we will miss him.

How We Are Funded & Where Your Contributions Go

The Foundation for End-of-Life Care is supported by the generous contributions from individuals and corporations, as well as planned gifts such as: bequests, appreciated assets of securities or real estate, insurance beneficiary designations, and charitable trusts.  Your donations are used to support a variety of special needs request of hospice patients and their families. A few very important examples of special needs is illustrated in the brief videos on this page. Please take a moment to watch them and also read many of the other patient and family support stories we are sharing with you. If you are a hospice seeking financial support for your patient, click here to register with us.

The Foundation for End-of-Life Care would like to give thanks and special recognition to the patient care teams at Capital City Hospice in Columbus Ohio http://capitalcityhospice.com/. These caregivers and their management team serve hospice patients and their families in several counties in Central Ohio; and, they know, as we do, that the needs of the hospice patient and the family go beyond the medical care and attention that the patient receives. Often, the patient is the breadwinner in the family and the financial situation is threatened as their disease progresses. Or, the family caregiver has to cut back on work hours to care for the patient. Then they are facing a financial crisis too; and, the need for financial support is greater than ever at this point. Capital City Hospice recognizes this special need and has often shared donations that they receive from grateful families and friends. Many of these generous donations have been given to the Foundation for End-of-Life Care and have been put to use through our Patient Special Needs fund https://foundationeolc.org/what-we-fund/patient-special-needs/. We thank Capital City Hospice management, caregivers, other staff and their donors for their continued financial support of hospice patients and their support of our Foundation.  

Meeting the Special Needs of Hospice Patients & Their Families

support stories continued
    A family finds themselves facing an eviction notice. The patient is now on oxygen 24 hours a day and understandably so, in need of stabilized living.  This is a family of three with one working family member.  They needed to find a new place to live within their budget. They were able to […]
Assistance with paying rent
A patient’s wife is dependent on her ailing husbands’ income and she had been his primary caregiver through his long illness. Upon his passing the wife is very much aware that her life has changed drastically and she must move on to the next chapter in her life without him. She is focused on getting […]
A husband' need for support
  A patient’ husband whose job has been an on the road truck driver must now quit his job to care for his wife as her illness has progressed rapidly. They had their savings and knew after that, their only source of income was the wife’ social security check and SSI money. The monthly bills […]


The Foundation for End-of-Life Care, Inc. was founded in 1999 as a not for profit charitable organization by Hugh Westbrook & Esther Colliflower who were the founders of Vitas Healthcare Corporation.  Since its inception, The Foundation has been supporting the special needs of hospice patients and their families nationwide by providing financial grants to support their monthly living expenses. The Foundation continues to operate as a not for profit Foundation doing business under its legal name(s); Foundation for End-Of-Life Care, Inc., Hospice Foundation for End-Of-Life Care, Inc., & Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund.