The Conversation Project in Boulder County Awarded $200,000 

Colorado Health Foundation supports work to help families have end-of-life conversations

Boulder (March 16, 2016) – The Conversation Project in Boulder County has been awarded $200,000 by the Colorado Health Foundation, funding two years of operations and program development. The Project fosters meaningful and effective conversations about end-of-life care. Since its inception in 2013, nearly 4,000 people have heard the message about the importance of proactive family conversations about end-of-life values and wishes.

“The Project has set off a dialogue in the community, in the physician’s office and in the home,” says Constance Holden, co-founder of the initiative in Boulder County. The Project is modeled after The Conversation Project headquartered in Cambridge, MA, conceived by former Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Ellen Goodman. Says co-founder Jean Abbott: “It is rewarding to encourage people to share with loved ones, so they have advocates to help them get the care that best honors their values.“  The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County serves as the fiscal sponsor for the local project.

“We share the Project’s belief that having honest conversations about end-of-life care with family members and others is essential,” say Josie Heath, President of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. “This grassroots effort aims to develop a model project that can be replicated by other communities.” Learn more about The Conversation Project in Boulder County at theconversationprojectinboulder.org. 

About The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

The Community Foundation is a trusted community catalyst, responding to immediate needs and anticipating future challenges. Through informed decision-making, we inspire ideas, ignite action and galvanize diverse resources to improve the quality of life for all. Advancing inclusivity and providing leadership and on key issues, the foundation collaborates with community-minded individuals and organizations that want to make a difference, accomplishing more together than alone. Since its founding in 1991, the foundation has granted more than $68.9 million to Boulder County nonprofits focused on animals and the environment, the arts and culture, basic needs, children and youth, civic engagement, education, and health and human services. commfound.org/news

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