To Honor and To Celebrate

From advanced care planning to end-of-life care, Empath Health is with you every step of every journey. Chances are that your family or someone you know has already benefitted from the services offered at Empath Health and its integrated network of care.

Often we find ourselves wanting to do something to honor the person and/or the care our loved one received. Something that will make a difference.

At Suncoast Hospice Foundation, we have a variety of gift opportunities to fit every need.  Every gift we receive makes a difference in the level of life-changing care our supported organizations provide for our community. With your support, we can continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of people who need us the most.

Your gifts stays close to home and makes a difference in your community.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Individual Giving Team at (727) 523-3423.

Ways You Can Give:

Tribute Gifts

Honor your loved one by designating Suncoast Hospice Foundation as the recipient of charitable gifts in lieu of flowers. 

When a tribute gift is given, the family receives a Certificate of Remembrance. Every donor receives an acknowledgement letter letting them know the family is aware of their tribute. The certificate includes the name and address of the donor and we will never disclose the gift amount.

  • To make a tribute gift in memory or in honor of someone, Click Here 
  • To recognize a care team/member with a token or message of gratitude, please Click Here
  • To create a lasting memory, read more about our Commemorative Plaques in the dropdown below.

For more information, please contact the Individual Giving Team at (727) 523-3422.

Commemorative Plaques

Remember your loved one with an engraved plaque displayed for a lifetime on a boardwalk, a wind chime or bench. Opportunities are available at all of our locations and begin with a gift of $1,000 or more.

Or, place their name on a plaque to be displayed on the Celebration of Life donor wall for three years. Opportunities are available at our North and Mid-County Care Centers and the Clearwater Service Center for a gift of $500.

Call Director of Philanthropy, Karen Van De Putte at (727) 523-3422 or email and she can guide you in finding the perfect commemorative plaque to create a lasting legacy.

Naming Opportunities

Custom-made plaques that are displayed at designated spaces throughout our locations are available to remember your loved one. Perhaps it was in one of our sanctuaries where you sought peace and comfort, the patient room where your loved one was cared for, or the care station where the team planned for your loved one’s care, or at a service center where your care team resides. We have a variety of opportunities and will work with you to find a gift amount that is comfortable and meaningful.

Call Director of Philanthropy, Karen Van De Putte at (727) 523-3422 or email and she can guide you in finding the perfect naming opportunity to create a lasting legacy.

Monthly Giving Club

The Monthly Giving Club makes supporting the mission of Empath Health easy through monthly, automatic withdraws from a credit card or bank account of your choice. You can get involved for as little as $5 a month. Set-up your monthly donations online or call Karen Van De Putte, director of philanthropy at (727) 523-3422 or email

Circle of Caring – A Grateful Family Program

The Circle of Caring is a program that encourages those who have experienced Empath Health’s care and compassion to give back financially and/or through messages of appreciation to the care team who walked the journey with them. Financial gifts help ensure this life-changing care is available for others in our community when they need it. Our teams are humbled by the messages of thanks that are received.

Leave your message of gratitude or make a donation today.

Women's Giving Network

Women’s Giving Network members inspire and empower women to fulfill their philanthropic potential in order to create or expand innovative programs and services of Empath Health. Members gather annually to evaluate the needs of Empath Health and decide where to distribute their gifts through the Suncoast Hospice Foundation. Membership requires a $1,000 commitment per year. For more information on this program, please contact Karen Van De Putte, Director of Philanthropy, (727) 523-3422 or email



Planned Giving

  The planned giving program allows you to leave a legacy gift in support of Suncoast Hospice Foundation.  Planned gifts are usually deferred gifts that Suncoast Hospice Foundation receives at the end of the life of a donor. These gifts allow us to continue providing comfort and care to our patients and their families well into the future.  There are many options for planned gifts. Contact Karen Van De Putte, Director of Philanthropy at (727) 523-3422 or email to discuss any of these options further, in the context of your own personal circumstances.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

When your company partners with Suncoast Hospice Foundation to sponsor an Empath Health event, you are helping us continue to provide life-changing care to your family, friends and employees when they need us. Sponsoring an event is also a wonderful marketing opportunity for your organization to partner with a reputable, community non-profit that has been caring for our community for more than 40 years. Listed below are the annual Empath Health events that are managed through the Suncoast Hospice Foundation. We have various levels of sponsorships for all size companies and are happy to meet with you to discuss the best fit for your organizational goals.

  • Suncoast Hospice Ball
  • Suncoast Hospice Fashion Show and Luncheon
  • Dining Out for Life to benefit EPIC (Empath Partners in Care)
  • Suncoast Hospice Beach Stroll
  • Suncoast Hospice Golf Classic
  • Tampa Bay AIDS Walk and 5k Run
  • Strike Out For AIDS

In addition to the annual events hosted by Suncoast Hospice Foundation to directly benefit the member organizations of Empath Health, many community organizations host their own events and present proceeds to Suncoast Hospice Foundation to support the programs and services of Empath Health. Please contact Brooke Boccacino, Director of Corporate Philanthropy at (727) 523-3352 or email for more information about corporate sponsorships and community events.    

Special Event Support

So much of what we do is successful due to the participation of our invaluable volunteers. With so many events to host and support throughout the year, we are always in need of volunteers to help out. If you’re interested in volunteering at an event – or participating in or donating to an event, please contact Brooke Boccacino, Director of Corporate Philanthropy at (727) 523-3352 or email

Resale Shops

When you donate items, shop for merchandise or volunteer your time to work at one of our Resale Shops, you directly support the mission of Empath Health. Not only do the proceeds of our Resale Shops go back into supporting programs and services of Empath Health but when our patients, clients and participants have needs they cannot meet, the Resale Shops provide them those necessary items at no cost to them. For more information on our Resale Shops.    

Your support helps provide special services like Pet Therapy. Our patients benefit immensely from the extra support of these programs.