Hospice Circle of Love is warning area residents about an organization soliciting donations locally.

Hospice Support Fund, formerly known as Hospice Fund of America, has been soliciting donations from area residents through a mail piece that offers a chance to win money.

“We learned of solicitations from the Hospice Support Fund in this area, from a family member of one of our former patients, said Chad Caldwell, Hospice Circle of Love executive director. “We want to ensure the community that we are in no way associated with this organization and that we never sell or share our patients or families names with anyone.”  

According to the company’s web site, Hospice Fund of America promotes end-of-life care at home, but the fine print on the mail piece lists disbursement of funds as 90 percent going toward fundraising, administration and public education in conjunction with fundraising appeals. Just 10 percent goes to program services, according to a Hospice Circle of Love news release. Direct support to patients is not listed under the uses of donation funds on the mail piece.

“We would encourage anyone who receives a solicitation from the Hospice Support Fund to read the fine print, before making a decision about donating,” Caldwell said.

Hospice Support Fund is associated with New Hope Foundation, which has been sued by Hospice Foundation of America. New Hope reached a settlement agreement with the Foundation of America in March, agreeing to stop the use of the name Hospice Fund of America and the abbreviation HFA.

“We heard from many people concerned about calls and letters from the Hospice Fund of America,” said Amy Tucci, Hospice Fund of America president. “They mistakenly believed that we were the same organization. They said they felt harassed, and they were angry. We were concerned that Hospice Foundation of America’s reputation, which has been built through decades of charitable work, was being damaged.”

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