Arnold Foundation gives $1 million for Hinds Hospice work in Madera County

The Fresno BeeDecember 31, 2013 

Hinds Hospice announced it has received a $1 million gift from the Red and Nancy Arnold Foundation to pay for services in Madera County.

Hinds Hospice has been providing hospice services and grief support to residents of Madera County since merging with Hospice of Madera County in 1994.

In 2013, the agency provided hospice care to 87 Madera County residents.

This is only the second time in Hinds Hospice's 32-year history that it has received a $1 million gift in a single donation, said Lynne Pietz, director of major gifts and donor relations. In 2007, philanthropist and Clovis auto dealership owner Byrum C. Bingham and wife Wanda gave the hospice $1 million.

The Arnold Foundation gift is "just an absolutely wonderful Christmas present for Hinds Hospice," Pietz said.

Hinds Hospice gets lower reimbursement from Medicare to care for hospice patients in Madera County than for patients in Fresno and Merced counties, Pietz said. The $37.91 per-patient, per-day difference is made up largely with money raised in the community, she said.

The Arnold Foundation gift marks the latest big donation from the foundation in Madera County. In September, Madera Community Hospital announced a $3 million gift consisting of three asset holdings.

Robert C. "Red" Arnold, who came from a pioneer Madera family and made a living in farm real estate, established the foundation with his wife, Nancy Pennycook Arnold. They had no children and left the foundation in the control of nieces and nephews after their deaths.

The foundation first gave $100,000 to Madera Community Hospital in June 2012 followed by a $1 million gift in December 2012.

In August, the foundation donated $1.5 million to the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter, $500,000 to the Madera Rescue Mission and $250,000 to the Madera County Historical Society.

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