Death With Dignity

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Death with Dignity National Center
The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote death with dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.

Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that

expands the freedom of all qualified terminally ill Americans to make their own end-of-life decisions, including how they die;
promotes death with dignity laws around the United States based on the groundbreaking Oregon model;
provides information, education, and support about Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option to patients, family members, legislators, advocates, healthcare and end-of-life care professionals, media, and the interested public.
mounts legal defense of physician-assisted dying legislation.
The greatest human freedom is to live and die according to our own desires and beliefs.

Death with Dignity Political Fund
…is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that acts as the political arm of the National Center. The Fund

drafts death with dignity laws based on the Oregon model;
campaigns, lobbies, and advocates for death with dignity legislation in the states that lack it.
We authored, passed, and defended the Oregon law (1994/1997/2006); spearheaded the successful efforts to pass death with dignity statutes in Washington (2008), Vermont (2013), California (2015), Washington, DC (2017), Hawaii (2018), and Maine (2019), and led campaigns in Massachusetts (2012), Nevada (2017), and many other campaigns.

Our Unique Brand of Advocacy
Both the Death with Dignity National Center and Death with Dignity Political Fund bring a unique brand of advocacy and political strategy to end-of-life care policy reform.

Our work centers around insider organizing with politically savvy legislative and community leaders who are endeavoring to enact death with dignity statutes through the state legislative process.

This is the style of policy work that seeks not to draw attention to our organization, but rather focuses on the assisted dying movement and the behind-the-scenes efforts necessary to move legislation through the political process.

We work directly with legislators to craft the best bills possible and shepherd them through the legislative process by providing political strategy guidance and other support.

For example, in the District of Columbia the Death with Dignity National Center has been at the center of legislative efforts since Day 1. On the day Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the Death with Dignity Act of 2015, her office requested assistance from us with shepherding the bill through the Council. From that point on, we have been by Councilmember Cheh and her colleagues’ side to get the bill passed. We visited with several Councilmembers and gave testimony at a public hearing on the Oregon and Washington experiences as well as clear evidence to counter opponent’s fear-based arguments. We worked directly with Councilmembers, whether through private communications or conference calls, to give them the evidence they need to make an informed decision and debunk the opposition’s lies. To support the Councilmember’s work, we commissioned a research poll, which showed that 67% of D.C. residents support the law. We also engaged supporters in the D.C. area to encourage the Council to support the measure and sponsored Facebook ads and a Change.org petition to engage D.C. residents on the issue. Finally, we were interviewed by the Washington Post‘s editorial board for paper’s two endorsements of the legislation.

In California our experts reviewed and revised every version and amendment of the bill; provided expert guidance from the experience of passing and implementing similar laws in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont; and helped prepare sponsors and witnesses for hearings and meetings.

This behind-the-scenes political and advocacy leadership is urgently important to our success.

We partner with local advocates, grassroots groups, and organizations, providing them with technical assistance in terms of strategy, online organizing, or fundraising, and looking to them for their local expertise and leadership in order to bring death with dignity to their state.

In Vermont we were the only national organization active during the entire 10 years of political work it took to achieve legislative reform. We partnered with Patient Choices Vermont to help craft the law and provide strategic support for its passage; educate residents and interest groups about its benefits; and raise funds to underwrite the campaign.

We are currently supporting the work of grassroots groups/nonprofit organizations in Maine, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and advocates in several other states.

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Death with Dignity National Center

Death with Dignity National Center
Dwd-logo.png
MottoRespect the will of the people
FormationDecember 30, 1994; 26 years ago (1994-12-30)[1]
TypeEducation, defense, and advocacy
93-1162366[2]
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[2]
PurposeTo promote death with dignity laws based on model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.[3]
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
Coordinates45°31′12″N 122°40′41″W / 45.519913°N 122.677953°W / 45.519913; -122.677953Coordinates: 45°31′12″N 122°40′41″W / 45.519913°N 122.677953°W / 45.519913; -122.677953
George Eighmey, JD[4]
Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW[5]
Revenue (2017)
$799,581[6]
Expenses (2017)$674,979[6]
Endowment$62,577 (2017)[6]
Employees (2016)
6[6]
Volunteers (2016)
10[6]
Websitewww.deathwithdignity.org
Formerly called
The Oregon Death with Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center[1]

Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit organization, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, that has led the legal defense of and education about Death with Dignity laws throughout the United States for more than 25 years. The Death with Dignity National Center helped write and defend in courts the nation's first successful assisted dying law, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, protecting the right of persons with terminal illness to control their own death. The Death with Dignity National Center is affiliated with the Death with Dignity Political Fund, a distinct and separately incorporated 501(c)(4) organization responsible for the promotion of death with dignity legislation in other states around the U.S.

Mission

"The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote death with dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care."[3]

History

In 1993 Oregon Right to Die, a political action committee, was founded to draft and pass Oregon's Death with Dignity ballot measure 16.[7] The following year the Oregon Right to Die PAC (ORDPAC) campaigned successfully for the passage of Measure 16 in Oregon; 51% of Oregon voters approved the death with dignity ballot initiative which created the Oregon Death With Dignity Act allowing those who are terminally ill to hasten death in consultation with their physician and under strict safeguards, making Oregon the first U.S. state and one of the first jurisdictions in the world to officially do so. Subsequently, the Oregon Death with Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center (ODLDEC), the forerunner to the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded to defend the voter-approved law. In 1997, Oregon Right to Die Political Action Committee successfully defeated Measure 51, an attempt to ban death with dignity in Oregon, by a margin of 60% to 40%.

After the successful collaboration of the Death with Dignity Alliance starting in 1997 three of the organizations in the alliance—Oregon Death with Dignity, Oregon Death with Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center, and Death with Dignity National Center—merged and became Death with Dignity National Center and Oregon Death with Dignity Political Action Fund in 2004.[8][9] Another alliance member, Compassion in Dying, later merged with End-of-Life Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) and became Compassion and Choices.

In 2000 Death with Dignity National Center led the effort on Question 1, the death with dignity campaign in Maine. The measure lost by a narrow margin, 51% to 49%, with only a 6,000 vote difference statewide. In 2001 Death with Dignity National Center partnered with activists in Vermont to establish death with dignity Vermont, and in 2002 Death with Dignity National Center launched an effort in Hawaii to pass death with dignity legislation through the legislative process. In 2003 ODLDEC is renamed the Death with Dignity National Center.

From 2001 to 2006 Death with Dignity National Center defended Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act against U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and his successor Alberto Gonzales who attempted to block DWD by authorizing federal drug agents to prosecute doctors who help terminally ill patients die. In January 2006, the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in the case of Gonzales v. Oregon, that former Attorney General John Ashcroft overstepped his authority in attempting to prosecute Oregon’s physicians and pharmacists.

In 2008 Death with Dignity National Center successfully led the coalition for Yes on I-1000, Washington State’s death with dignity campaign, to a 58%-42% win. Washington’s Death with Dignity law went into effect in March 2009.

In 2011, Death with Dignity National Center partnered with Patient Choices Vermont to help pass Death with Dignity legislation through their legislature. Vermont Governor Shumlin signed the Vermont Patient Choice and Control at End of Life into law in 2013. In the meantime, Death with Dignity National Center established Dignity 2012 to pass death with dignity legislation in Massachusetts. The issue made it on the November ballot and was narrowly (51% to 49%) defeated.

Organization

Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. Current members include:

  • George Eighmey
  • Carol Pratt
  • Eli D. Stutsman
  • Midge Levy
  • Lisa Vigil Schattinger
  • Deborah Ziegler
  • David J. Mayo[10]

Prominent former board members include:

Political activism

Through its different organizational structures over the years, Death with Dignity National Center has played a central role in defending and upholding Oregon's Death with Dignity law,[11] culminating in the Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Oregon.[12][13][14]

The organization has assisted with efforts to pass death with dignity laws in other states such as Maine in 2000,[15] Hawaii in 2002, and Massachusetts in 2012.[16][17][18]

The most recent successful efforts led to the voter approved Washington Death with Dignity Act in 2008,[19] the first-ever death with dignity law[20] passed through a state legislature, in Vermont,[21] the California End of Life Option Act in 2015, the Washington, D.C. Death with Dignity Act[22] in 2016/2017, the Hawaii Our Care, Our Choice Act in 2018, [23] and the Maine Death with Dignity Act in 2019.[24]

In all, the Death with Dignity National Center has been instrumental in drafting, passing, promoting, and defending all existing assisted death statutes in the U.S.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Death with Dignity National Center". Business Registry. Corporation Division. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Death With Dignity National Center". Tax Exempt Organization Search. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "About Death with Dignity National Center".
  4. ^ "Board of Directors". Death with Dignity National Center. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Staff". Death with Dignity National Center. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Death with Dignity National Center. Guidestar. March 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Physician-Assisted Suicide Oregon Trail". Final Exit.
  8. ^ "Death with Dignity movement history". Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization.
  9. ^ "Death with Dignity National Center chronology". Death with Dignity National Center. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25.
  10. ^ "Board of Directors". Death With Dignity. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Voters' Pamphlet Special election 1997 - Arguments in Opposition of Ballot Measure 51". Oregon State Elections Division.
  12. ^ "Full text of the Supreme Court's decision" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States.
  13. ^ Lane, Charles (2005-02-23). "Justices to Hear Challenge to Oregon Assisted-Suicide Law". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Lewin, Adrienne Mand. "Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law". ABC News.
  15. ^ "Ballotpedia Maine Physician-assisted Deaths Question One".
  16. ^ Arakawa, Lynda. "Bill on Assisted Suicide Advances". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25.
  17. ^ Pang, Gordon Y.K. "'Death with Dignity' Bill Shelved". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25.
  18. ^ "History of the 2002 Near Win". Hawai`i Death with Dignity Society. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26.
  19. ^ "Yes on I-1000 Contributors". National Institute on Money in State Politics.
  20. ^ "Vermont Act No. 39. Relating to patient choice and control at end of life" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Assisted suicide: Vermont governor signs 'death with dignity' measure".
  22. ^ "Bowser quietly signs legislation allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives". Washington Post.
  23. ^ ""Death with Dignity" Signed Into Law". NPR.
  24. ^ "Governor Mills Signs Death with Dignity Act | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills". www.maine.gov. Retrieved 2020-07-30.

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DEATH WITH DIGNITY NATIONAL CENTER

PORTLAND, OR 97204-1510 | Tax-exempt since Dec. 1995
  • EIN: 93-1162366
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Right to Die, Euthanasia Issues (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

March 2020

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2020

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990

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March 2019

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2019

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March 2018

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2018

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Total Revenue

$1,138,971

Total Functional Expenses $773,961
Net income $365,010
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,137,446 99.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $4,495 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets -$3,424
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $454 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $116,122 15.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $171,505 22.2%
Other
Total Assets $965,332
Total Liabilities $13,507
Net Assets $951,825
Fiscal year ending

March 2017

Fiscal year ending March

2017

Full Text

990 (filed on Oct. 20, 2017)

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990

Total Revenue

$799,581

Total Functional Expenses $674,979
Net income $124,602
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $793,108 99.2%
Program services $0
Investment income $6,227 0.8%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $246 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $115,378 17.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $180,886 26.8%
Other
Total Assets $598,798
Total Liabilities $13,148
Net Assets $585,650
Fiscal year ending

March 2016

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2016

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990

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Total Revenue

$652,973

Total Functional Expenses $637,390
Net income $15,583
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $647,490 99.2%
Program services $0
Investment income $5,483 0.8%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $104,460 16.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $184,628 29.0%
Other
Total Assets $473,442
Total Liabilities $24,674
Net Assets $448,768
Fiscal year ending

March 2015

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2015

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Total Revenue

$557,292

Total Functional Expenses $547,831
Net income $9,461
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $544,700 97.7%
Program services $0
Investment income $7,055 1.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $5,305 1.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $232 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $104,460 19.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $208,695 38.1%
Other
Total Assets $461,386
Total Liabilities $21,541
Net Assets $439,845
Fiscal year ending

March 2014

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2014

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990

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Total Revenue

$549,515

Total Functional Expenses $471,733
Net income $77,782
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $545,718 99.3%
Program services $0
Investment income $7,224 1.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets -$3,498
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $71 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $103,859 22.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $166,295 35.3%
Other
Total Assets $455,508
Total Liabilities $19,472
Net Assets $436,036
Fiscal year ending

March 2013

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2013

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Total Revenue

$426,294

Total Functional Expenses $484,585
Net income -$58,291
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $416,330 97.7%
Program services $0
Investment income $8,124 1.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $1,551 0.4%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $289 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $77,162 15.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $160,008 33.0%
Other
Total Assets $379,263
Total Liabilities $28,119
Net Assets $351,144
Fiscal year ending

March 2012

Fiscal year ending March

2012

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990

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Total Revenue

$438,720

Total Functional Expenses $661,371
Net income -$222,651
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $572,599 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $13,805 3.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets -$147,684
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $81,355 12.3%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $157,031 23.7%
Other
Total Assets $417,231
Total Liabilities $21,166
Net Assets $396,065
Fiscal year ending

March 2011

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2011

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2010

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March 2009

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2009

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March 2008

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2008

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990

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March 2007

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2007

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March 2006

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2006

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2005

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March 2004

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2004

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March 2003

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2003

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Dec. 2002

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2002

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990

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Dec. 2001

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2001

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