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Extremely deceptive.

That’s what local organizations are saying about a letter that claims to raise money for hospice care.

Both Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Davidson County have received calls from concerned clients about letters that came in the mail.

The letter is from The Hospice Support Fund.

It is being sent to people in the Piedmont, but the organization is based out-of-state and does not fund local efforts.

The correspondence on the letter shows an address for Merrifield, Virginia.

The Hospice Support Fund is a program of The New Hope Foundation, Inc. based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

On the back of the letter, The Hospice Support Fund has the following statement: “The Hospice Support Fund is an independent organization and is not affiliated with any local hospice or with any local hospitals in the nation except The New Hope Foundation.”

Despite the disclosure, local groups find the tactic misleading and want local donors to be aware that any money donated to this group does not support the Piedmont community.

“We are not receiving any funding from them. Our partners in this community are not receiving funding from them and it is certainly not a solicitation from your community hospice,” said Jan Knox, director of engagement and philanthropy at Hospice of Davidson County.

“It plays on the emotion ensuring that hospice services are going to be available in your community. Who wouldn’t want to support that? But the reality is they have no connection to our community whatsoever," said Trent Cockerham, president and CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont.

Local nonprofits say they do reach out to donors through direct mail, but their correspondence will always show the organization’s name, logo and contact information.