The OutCare Foundation

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The OutCare Foundation is driven to fund palliative care initiatives because we have seen first hand how quality care improves the lives of families, individuals and communities.  We are here to make sure anyone living with a serious illness has options.  They should have access to specialized, patient centered care that treats the symptoms and the stress of living with a serious illness - at any stage or any age - because all of our families deserve nothing less. 

At a glance:

Year founded: 2001

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $111,897

Twitter: @OutCareTweets

Facebook: /outcarefoundation

Instagram: @outcarefoundation

Top funding sources:

  • Individual donations: 39%
  • Corporate donations: 19%
  • Endowments: 36%
  • Other charities: 6%

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario - The Champlain Health Region

How you can help

A collage of multiple photos, including a golf ball, a crystal necklace, a made bed, a series of wine bottles, and a sculpture made of wires.

Give

Funding support is focused  on hospice in-home and day programs.   The pandemic brought unexpected needs and requirements  - steam cleaners and equipment for a lending cupboard, comfort kits for patients at home, in-home programming for children in care and their parents, equipment to connect virtually with clients, bursaries for volunteer & staff training.

Volunteer

We have open positions on our board and would welcome anyone interested in supporting palliative care in our community to reach out.  We also welcome those who like to plan and organize to participate with us in the planning and delivery of our events.  

Donation wishlist

We are working with the hospices in our network to address their changing needs during this unprecedented time. In-home programming has been challenging during the pandemic.  

Funding for programs that support in-home programs - bursaries for training, walkers for a lending cupboard, comfort kits for patients at home, in-home programming for children in care & their parents, equipment to connect virtually with clients.

Events and fundraising

An older woman wearing a bright red blazer speaks into a microphone at a podium.
Sharon Carstairs calling bingo at the 2019 Black Tie Bingo.

Our major fundraising event is the annual Black Tie Bingo which offers the truly unique and enjoyable experience of playing exciting bingo games in an elegant gala setting. The 2021 edition of the event will be a virtual event with a dinner in-a-box. We look forward to Nov. 12, 2022 when we hope to be able to gather again and play some bingo. 

Awesome Auction online auction. Fall and spring editions feature a curated list of items. We invite our hospice partners to participate. All proceeds from the items provided by the hospices go directly back to the hospices. This has allowed hospices to fundraise locally and to raise awareness for their programming.

A man and woman in elegant clothing stamp bingo sheets while smiling.
Michael and Cheryl Hughes at the 2019 Black Tie Bingo.

Major donations. OutCare worked with the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program  to obtain a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation to adapt their practical caregiver training course to an online format.  The new  format allows organizations to run this important training right in their communities.  The expanded reach means that more friends and families will be supported in their caregiving journey.

Board members and executives

Christine Irvine

Board Chair & Treasurer

Jennifer Cass

Program Manager

Michael Sangster

Vice Chair

Linda Bruce

Secretary

Linda McCallum

Past Chair

Alison Bouchier

Tamara Deines

James R. Nininger

Eric Kalbfleisch

Andy Lonie
 

Additional information

  • The majority (75%) of the population prefer to spend their final days in the comfort of their homes. 
  • Only 15% of people receive palliative specific home care in their final month of life. 
  • The number of people over the age of 80 will double by 2036. Our region has only 62 residential hospice beds (in 8 locations) and one dedicated 31-bed sub-acute palliative care unit (Bruyère) for a total of 93 palliative care beds to serve a region of more than 1.3-million people. 

Get in touch

214-720 Belfast Rd.

Ottawa, Ont.

K1G 0Z5

 

OutCareFoundation.org