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Compassion & Choices of Washington 

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For more than 25 years, Compassion & Choices of Washington’s Client Support Volunteers have empowered Washingtonians approaching the end of life to make some of the most important decisions they will ever make. Compassion & Choices of Washington provides information, counseling, and emotional support to people facing terminal or irreversible illness. We advocate for excellent end-of-life care, the use of advance directives, and patient-centered care. We uphold the right of qualified patients to use Washington's Death With Dignity Act. No other organization in Washington fulfills this role. Confidentiality is strictly protected. There is never a fee for our services. Each year we provide information, including our free advance directive packet, to thousand of individuals, as well as one-on-one counseling to hundreds of patients and families. We are a small and very effective, grassroots nonprofit organization making a real difference assisting people dealing with terminal illness, pain, and suffering.

Mission Statement
Compassion & Choices of Washington provides advocacy, counseling, and emotional support to people facing terminal or irreversible illness. Through education, advance planning, consultation with caregivers, and client support services Compassion & Choices of Washington upholds the right to excellent, patient-centered end-of-life care to ensure a peaceful, humane death, including – for qualified terminally ill adults – the option to use Washington’s Death With Dignity Act.
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Compassion & Choices of Washington
PO Box 61369 
Seattle 
WA
98141 
(206) 256-1636 

Robb Miller 
Executive Director 

Programs

Compassion & Choices of Washington Programs

We provide free counseling and client support services to qualified patients statewide who desire a peaceful, humane death, as well as those who want the option of using the Washington Death With Dignity Act (DWDA).  

We are the only organization in Washington that helps qualified patients find physicians willing to participate in the DWDA and who offers personal presence at the time of death.  

We created and helped lead the coalition (Yes! on I-1000) that passed Initiative 1000, the DWDA, with nearly 60% of the vote and in all but nine counties, making Washington the second state to legalize the option of physician aid in dying. 

We steward, protect, and uphold the law We created what is widely acknowledged to be the best advance directive packet (living will and durable power of attorney for health care) in Washington and have distributed it at no charge to thousands of individual. 

We created the first Alzheimer’s and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive.

We encourage advance planning and set a new standard in Washington for advance planning documents with our Compassion & Choices of Washington Advance Directive, and the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, both of which we distribute without a charge.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recent Success
Since the enactment of the Washington Death With Dignity Act (DWDA), we have flawlessly implemented the law, upheld qualified patients' rights to use it, and protected it from hostile legislative efforts. Our client support volunteers have empowered hundreds of people to make informed end-of-life decisions and then ensured their choices are honored, whether they wish to use the DWDA or not.

Current Need
Since 2008, our caseload had quadrupled. Because the population of older adults in Washington is growing each year, we expect an increasing demand for our free services. We seek funding support for direct client services as we anticipate our caseload growing in by another 25-40% in the 2014 fiscal year.

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Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/15/2011 $10,000.00support two years of added outreach, partnership development and fund development activities in Clallam County.

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