November/December 2003

Mission and Ministry Fund Adds Grants for International and Palliative Care Projects


Catholic Health Initiatives has introduced two new components of its Mission and Ministry Fund, which provides grants to organizations and coalitions that work to build healthy communities.

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With the support of the Board of Stewardship Trustees, Catholic Health Initiatives has added an international grant component to the fund. "Many of our market-based organizations and participating congregations are collaborating on efforts to improve the health of individuals and communities around the world, often in poor, isolated and desolate locations," said Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "The addition of international grants to the Mission and Ministry Fund reflects our ministry’s global obligation to care for those who are poor and in need."

The Mission and Ministry Fund has also established the John Andrew Hackley Memorial Award, which will help fund long-term care and palliative care projects. This new award will be given annually if there is a project that meets the criteria. "The award is funded through a bequest from the estate of John Andrew Hackley, a cherished friend of our retired president and chief executive officer, Patricia Cahill," said Lofton. "Mr. Hackley spent his entire career in long-term care and was a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., where he served as a volunteer on the oncology unit. We are very grateful for his generosity."

Organizations seeking planning grants for the current grant cycle have already submitted pre-applications to the Health Communities Task Force of Catholic Health Initiatives. Final applications for project grants and planning grants are due on or before March 1, 2004 (see page 4 for complete timeline). For more information, contact Peggy Martin, OP, JCL, senior vice president, sponsorship and governance, at peggymartin@catholichealth.net.

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