The Kathi Koll Foundation touches others in an inspiring, uplifting and energizing way. Through the Foundation’s admirable work, full and part-time family caregivers are encouraged to enjoy their lives more fully despite whatever challenges they or their loved ones are facing.
Senator Bill Frist | MD, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, surgeon, and co-founder of Aspire Health
Kathi Koll and her work with the Foundation offers a fresh perspective on the relationships that define our families and the care and devotion we give our loved ones.
Farzad Massoudi | MD, fellow of the American Association of American Surgeons
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About the Kathi Koll Foundation

The role of the caregiver can be one of the toughest jobs imaginable. That is one of the biggest lessons that Kathi Koll learned during her more than six years as a full-time family caregiver to her husband Don, who suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down and forced to live on a respirator.

Kathi learned firsthand about the incredible pressures, practical challenges and emotional demands that caring for a disabled loved one places on a family. Since then supporting struggling caregivers has become her life’s mission and was what inspired her to create The Kathi Koll Foundation.

Since 2014, the foundation, has offered short-term financial subsidies for caregivers in need, and a community outreach and education program geared toward helping caregivers navigate the various challenges that can arise. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the foundation is able to provide meaningful assistance for family caregivers, offering them emotional and financial respite by helping families purchase medical equipment, take family trips, improve the safety of their home, pay utility bills, buy groceries, and many other much-needed but financially prohibitive items that help them improve the quality of their lives and the quality of care they give their loved ones.

Read about some of our caregivers’ stories.

Mission & Goals

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The mission of The Kathi Koll Foundation is to support family caregivers in need with the goal of improving their quality of life. Kathi created the Kathi’s Caregivers Program within the foundation to help ease the burden on struggling caregivers who are facing financial, emotional and practical challenges, while also juggling their caregiving and family responsibilities.

Through this program, the foundation offers short-term financial subsidies to caregivers in need, and a community outreach and education program geared toward helping caregivers navigate the various challenges that can arise and to understand that they are not alone.

Please visit For Caregivers for more information and to apply for assistance.

Advisory Board

Phil Belling

Layton Belling, Managing Principal

Steve Buster

Pacific Mercantile Bank, President & CEO

John Davies

Mass Mutual

Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Gary Hunt

California Strategies

Jenny Jones

Elkins-Jones Insurance, President

Kathi Koll

The Kathi Koll Foundation, Founder & President

Noel Lucky-Ris

Dr. Farzad Massoudi

Mission Hospital, Neurosurgical Director of the Neuroscience and Spine Institute

Kim Massoudi


Ridaa Murad

Christina Development Corporation, Managing Director

Tom O'Rourke

Haskell & White LLP, Partner

Bob Olson

R.D. Olson Development, President and CEO

Jeffrey Ris

Gina Sheldon

Mike Sheldon

Mike Sheldon Strategic Advisory

James A. Shepherdson

Crossroads Capital Group LLC, Managing Partner

Steve Silk

Eastdil Secured, Senior Managing Director

Adrienne Sparks

Sparks Marketing, Consultant

Shannon Tarnutzer


Rusty Turner

Turner Real Estate Management, President

Jim “Watty” Watson

CT Realty Investors, CEO

Ray Wirta

Beaumont Partners, Managing Partner