Casa de la Luz Foundation Awarded $20,000 to Continue Five Wishes Campaign

Aug. 3, 2017

Through the combined efforts of The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, Casa de la Luz Foundation has received a significant investment toward empowering individuals in Southern Arizona to make their end-of-life wishes known.

Delivered over two years, the $20,000 grant directly supports the Casa de la Luz Foundation’s free distribution of Five Wishes. An end-of-life care planning booklet, Five Wishes enables individuals to detail their requests for such things as medical treatments, personal care and spiritual matters. Written in everyday language and available in print and online, the user-friendly documentation meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in 42 U.S. states, including Arizona.

“Not only does this grant expand our efforts to supply Five Wishes at no cost,” said Jennifer Kierstead, Casa de la Luz Foundation Executive Director. “It also extends the Foundation’s mission to transform the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well. Encouraging conversation about death and dying through tools such as Five Wishes is the first step in furthering the idea that it is possible to live well until the end-of-life.”

In total, the CFSA and Lovell Foundation partnership will distribute nearly $3 million in grants to fund ten Arizona nonprofit programs that address issues related to the awareness, understanding and availability of end-of-life care, particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities. The community-wide collaboration is one of the largest end-of-life care initiatives in the nation.

“We are honored to receive this grant and have the opportunity to partner with other organizations dedicated to this cause.”