Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks Names LaBellarte-Gilbert as Executive Director

Jan. 25, 2022

Springfield – The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is happy to announce Anjanette LaBellarte-Gilbert as its new executive director.

LaBellarte-Gilbert comes with a wealth of experience in fund raising, business development, sales and marketing, most recently as Director of Business Development for Jenkins Executive Center. She formerly served as Senior Development Officer at Mercy Health Foundation, and as Director of Development – Major Gifts at Drury University.

As a community volunteer, LaBellarte-Gilbert has served as a board member for Women in Communications for nine years. She is also active with the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and a chair for one of the committees.

LaBellarte-Gilbert was drawn to the mission of Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks because of being a hospice volunteer in the past and knowing how important dignity at life`s end truly is.

The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks provides community education and grants to organizations that are involved in end-of-life services and support. The priority is to promote awareness and commitment to end-of-life care in Southwest Missouri.

“I am excited to help lead the priorities of Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks such as establishing high-impact mission-driven partnerships, delivering educational programs on the end- of- life topics and fundraising that ensures Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks sustainability. “

LaBellarte-Gilbert is the third executive director in Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks 25-year history, following former Executive Director Kim Morelock.

She can be reached at Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks, by phone 417-861-9543 or e-mail alabellarte@hospiceozarks.org

HFO Information:

Since 1997, HFO has given more than $1.5 million in grant awards supporting innovative programs that respond to the unmet needs of those requiring hospice, palliative care, advance care planning, grief, and bereavement services. The Foundation has funded a range of grantees making important contributions in critical, yet often overlooked areas of need. Grantmaking is open to nonprofit agencies serving the people of Southwest Missouri.

2022 Grant Opportunities:
HFO will open the next round of grant requests on Feb. 1, 2022. Proposals must be received by May 1, 2022. Grant recipients will be announced in June.  To learn more, visit hospiceozarks.org/grant-information/