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For more than 60 years, the Foundations have given to medical schools, hospitals, hospice programs, and other healthcare initiatives that have enhanced medical education, the patient experience, and the quality of healthcare in America.

The Foundations provided the first grant to the Connecticut Hospice, which inaugurated hospice care in America in 1976 and helped spawn the hospice movement throughout the nation.

In 2017, AVDF renewed its commitment to this critical area with a three-year, invitation-only initiative that provided grants to key organizations seeking to improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care nationwide.

The following organizations have been supported during this period:

  • Ariadne Labs
  • Aquifer
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Center to Advance Palliative Care 
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Emory University
  • National Palliative Care Research Center
  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • University of Pittsburgh

We are currently evaluating the results of this initiative. More information about AVDF funding in this area will be available in the spring of 2021.