Fundraising shatters expectations for efforts to build endowment

GREENFIELD — When organizers set out to raise money for Hancock Regional Hospital’s hospice program last fall, they gave themselves 100 days to raise $200,000, but they miscalculated just a bit.

“Donate for Dignity,” which began Sept. 23 as the latest effort toward the foundation’s overall goal to raise $3.1 million for the hospice, garnered more than $440,000 for the Rex A. Pasko Hospice Endowment.

Foundation executive director Nancy Davis said the campaign’s success was nothing short of amazing to organizers and a testament to both the community and the services provided by the hospice.

“We expected the hospital board and the foundation board, but what was really great was the way the community embraced this,” Davis said.

Jump-started by a $100,000 matching grant from Greenfield’s Tyner Pond Farm, the campaign then took off with significant contributions from more than 350 local businesses, organizations and individuals, Davis said.

Individual gifts totaled just under $57,000 over the 100 days.

Davis said donations came in all forms, from sizable foundation gifts to dollar bills dropped into a collection box at the hospital cafeteria.

“It’s about the big gifts just as much as it is about the $5 at the cash register upstairs,” she said.

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