North Okanagan Hospice Society relies on our partners: Interior Health Authority, the Province of British Columbia and the residents of the North Okanagan to provide end-of-life care services. Working together with our partners, we strive to achieve excellence in the delivery of quality end-of-life care.
- NOHS is grateful for the ongoing financial support of the Province of BC which includes funding from Interior Health Authority, Ministry of Health and Community Gaming Grants.
Risk: Interior Health funding continues to fall short of the operating costs of Hospice House. NOHS’s contract with IHA expires in 2018, so we are preparing a business plan to clearly identify our need for sustainable, core funding.
- More than $500,000 in annual fundraising is required to sustain our programs and services. Our two major fundraisers, Dancing with the Vernon Stars and the Journeys Campaign, continue to grow in success. We’ve introduced a new fundraiser to encourage monthly donors. We attribute the financial success of these fundraisers to ongoing community support through sponsorship, event participation and gifts-in-kind. Risk: Fundraising is increasingly competitive and expensive. In our relatively small catchment area, we compete with other worthy charities for limited charitable donations and event proceeds. Creativity in event management, focused attention on donor appreciation and evaluation of fundraising costs are tools used to mitigate this risk.
- We are so thankful to the kind and thoughtful members of our community who remember Hospice in their wills through bequests. Risk: Bequest amounts vary greatly from year to year and therefore only conservative amounts are budgeted for operational funding.
- Grant writing is an important component of revenue. Risk: Grants for sustaining existing programs are difficult to source. Grants are best suited for capital purchases or seed funding.
- Residents at Hospice House pay a daily fee as mandated by the Ministry of Health. This fee and other nominal fees for counselling services are ongoing sources of revenue for NOHS.
Operational Expense Notes:
- Paid staff members include: management, care staff, support staff and administrative/finance staff.
- Care staff and support staff are members of the BC Nurses Union (BCNU). Unionized staff member wages are negotiated with the BCNU.
- NOHS commits to a sustainable wage structure by conducting annual wage evaluations and comparisons.
- Approximately 82% of the Society’s costs are staff wages.
- Risk: Given the proportion of wage costs to total costs, there are few opportunities to generate meaningful cost savings for Hospice. Sustainable, core funding from government is required.