Foundation Blog

Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care believes in communication. We've started our blog in order to open up the conversation with those in need. This blog will be updated regularly by a variety of staff members and executives, to give you a broader insight into the daily working of Cornerstone Hospice. Feel free to add your comments to make the conversation even better by clicking on the title of any article.

Welcome to a New Fiscal Year!

By Nick Buchholz, Executive Director

Despite its many challenges, the 2010 fiscal year was most successful for the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation. We were able to increase our fundraising, expand our funding support of hospice care, and strengthen our reserves. However to continue this growth, we will need new ideas for the 2011 fiscal year.

My personal hope is that the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation will create many new ideas to face the challenging conditions in the new fiscal year. Just a few of the new initiatives we are working toward this fiscal year, include:

  • Giving tours of our facilities in Winter Haven, Orlando, Clermont, Tavares, The Villages, and Sumterville to closely connect people with our mission as well as educate and inspire potential donors.
  • Spotlighting our website,, and increasing Hospice’s overall web presence. These are essential elements necessary to increase donor and professional advisor relationships. Visit this site for fresh content that updates weekly, donor friendly online gift illustrations, a Gift Law website, weekly eNewsletter for professional advisors, and a 10,000+ page charitable tax reference guide.
  • Strengthening our ties with our Community Partners. Cornerstone Hospice is blessed to get support from its many community partners. We look forward to continuing our extraordinary partnerships with Villagers for Hospice, Women for Hospice, Harbor Hills for Hospice, Clerbrook Resort, Lakeridge Winery, Leesburg Bikefest, Kings Ridge, Harley Clubs, Ray Olds family, Sun Lake Estates, Monarch Golf Association, Pembroke Women’s Club, Kissimmee Moose Lodge, and many more.
  • Expanding our local impact through Community Boards. In addition to our Foundation and Operations Board, we now have Community Boards in Orange and Osceola Counties, Polk County, Sumter County and South Lake County.
  • Capturing and preserving personal histories through our monthly Instant Heirloom workshops. These free workshops help people record and recall the stories of their life, set up an ethical will, and create ways to give in their Last Will and Testament or Trust.
  • Building legacies through our Planned Giving Committees. We now have Planned Giving Committees for Orange and Osceola Counties as well as Lake and Sumter Counties. These committees are comprised of experts that can help or advise individual on effective strategies on giving to Cornerstone Hospice.
  • Raising awareness through social media. Look for “Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care” on Facebook. Subscribe to this blog or  sign up for our newsletter at And, keep an eye out for online memorials and tribute pages later this year!

Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. With the hard working staff and volunteers we have at Cornerstone Hospice, I am sure we can and will succeed in a most successful 2011!

Posted on Mon, 25 Oct 2010

Shhh...Silent Communication

Have you had about enough with all the yelling and screaming surrounding the upcoming elections? There was a time when problems weren't something to drag up on talk shows and commercials.

Your spouse made you mad? Pull out the People magazine and read in silence. Didn't like your neighbor's dog? Sit on the porch and don't say a word when they pull in the driveway. Tell a politician you want "home security" and they will nod while cutting funding from the schools. But sit there shaking your head in judgmental silence and they won't know what you want--they will have to give you everything!

My point is this: Silent Communication is a good thing! And the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation is rolling out some new silent communication that we think will help us communicate better.

Check out our new Silent Communications:

Unlike your neighbor that has to mow the lawn AND fix the fence AND wash the car AND trim the trees on the one morning you want to sleep in, all this is done silently.

Nick Buchholz
Executive Director, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation

Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2010

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Challenges are what drive us at Cornerstone Hospice.  We see them as nothing more than chances to prove we can rise to a higher level than some thought possible.  Facing these challenges and creating opportunities for success are how we built our reputation.

 The challenges are out there.  On the most personal level, our staff work every day with patient challenges and those who love and care for them.  Most days, it means finding just the right combination of care to bring physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to someone in pain.  At other times it is more dramatic—creating a special wish that seemed beyond reach, building a new Hospice House, delivering holiday meals to patient’s homes or creating the right atmosphere to bring dignity and peace at the end of life.

For more than a year, the Hospice community has been on the edge of our collective seat, watching the political process that has consumed health care reform provide us additional challenges.  The struggling economy meant that new ways had to be developed  to not only continue to provide all of the services we are committed to, but also to keep moving forward and reaching out to all those who need our help.

 There have been many people over the years that have influenced our growth and advanced Cornerstone’s work, but we would not have been nearly as successful without the tremendous support of our donors.  Dollar for dollar, every gift to Cornerstone Hospice directly impacts patients and the families we serve.

 We are thankful each day for your continued support.  On behalf of the families and individuals who have benefited from your generosity, thank you.

 Nick Buchholz
Executive Director, Cornerstone Hospice Foundation 

Posted on Tue, 16 Mar 2010