The Donald C. Wilson Endowment Fund

During the late 1970s, the Reverend Donald C. Wilson, former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, wrote a series of articles titled, “Terminal Candor,” as he reflected on his own illness. The publication of “Terminal Candor” inspired the Lancaster County community to form a hospice program that supported end-of-life needs for people in Lancaster County.

The Donald C. Wilson Endowment Fund was established in 1988 with initial contributions totaling $69,000.  Income from the Donald C. Wilson Endowment Fund supports Hospice & Community Care’s bereavement and spiritual care services. Although mandated by Medicare, bereavement and spiritual care services are not reimbursed by health insurance. Thanks to the generous support of the community through contributions to this Fund, Hospice & Community Care is able to provide spiritual care support for patients and their families. The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss also provides bereavement care to anyone in the community affected by serious illness and loss, not just those whose loved ones were Hospice patients.

Hospice & Community Care has established endowment funds for the purpose of providing income to be used for specific needs. The principal remains invested in order to perpetuate the fund for future generations. For more information, please contact Amy Lewis, Director of Philanthropy, at (717) 735-8729 or Bonnie Jess Lopane, CFRE, Vice President, Chief Development Officer, at (717) 391-2407 or email them at for more information.


Hospice & Community Care is an affiliate of Choices Healthcare. The official registration and financial information of Choices Healthcare may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Your contribution is deductible to the full extent allowed by law. No goods or services were received in exchange for this contribution.