Clearwater, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – Suncoast Hospice Foundation, a member of Empath Health is proud to participate in the fourth annual Give Day Tampa Bay on May 2, 2017 and is encouraging the community to open its hearts to help bring care and compassion to others. Contributions to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation benefit the nonprofit integrated network of care and directly impact those seeking support and care services during critical phases of their lives.

Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24-hour online giving event designed to increase philanthropy in the Tampa Bay area and raise awareness of the amazing work local nonprofits do in our community. This is the fourth year that the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has sponsored the event, raising more than $2 million for nearly 600 Tampa Bay area nonprofits last year.

Money raised will support the Empath Health network, including Suncoast Hospice and other member organizations. The network supports anyone facing chronic or advanced illness and their families and caregivers.

“Our goal is to raise money and awareness about the care and support we provide that help ease the burden for families during the toughest time in their lives,” said Kathy Rabon, CFRE, CFRM, executive director of Suncoast Hospice Foundation. “Every dollar makes a difference. Thanks to our generous community, we can continue to support the many people in need of compassionate care,” added Rabon.

In addition to raising awareness of the participating nonprofits, Give Day Tampa Bay offers cash prizes to the participating organizations with the most donations.

New this year is the opportunity for donors to make a secure pledge in advance of May 2. From April 18-May 1, online donations made to an organization’s page will count toward the leaderboard and the overall event totals.

It is easy to give during Give Day Tampa Bay. Simply visit between April 18 and the event day, May 2 and click on the Suncoast Hospice Foundation link in the list of participating organizations. All donations are tax-deductible.

About Suncoast Hospice Foundation

The Suncoast Hospice Foundation is a nonprofit organization financially supporting the mission and vision of Empath Health and its members. As a member of Empath Health, our focus is ensuring resources are available to those served today and into the future. For more information go to

About Give Day Tampa Bay

Give Day Tampa Bay is part of a national event in which communities across the country ask people to give to their local nonprofits on one specific day – May 3, 2016. This year’s theme, Live Here, Give Here, highlights the fact that all donations given on Give Day Tampa Bay will remain right here in the Tampa Bay area, helping the hundreds of nonprofit organizations that work each and every day to make life better for the Tampa Bay community.

About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Founded in 1990, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, professional advisors, volunteers and residents to make the maximum positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. For the last 25 years, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to making giving easy and meaningful for donors as a way to strengthen nonprofit organizations and build a better, more vibrant community. Since its inception, its donors have enabled the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award more than $175 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country.