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Sanford Health Foundation : Areas to Support

Areas to support

Amber's Dream

Amber Des Roches was just 15 years old when leukemia took her life in the days preceding Christmas, 2007. In time, and despite unbearable grief and sorrow, Amber's family couldn't help but remember how the teenager often talked about transforming the Children's Hospital at Sanford Medical Center. When she wasn't telling someone what she envisioned for the children who would be hospitalized after her, she penciled her thoughts in her journal. Captivated by her favorite book, Peter Pan, Amber knew that Sanford Children's Hospital could be a place where fears were eliminated and pain diminished through the power of distraction.

Click here to see how, in the aftermath of her death, Amber's Dream was given life through the generosity of North Dakota donors.

College of Nursing

Giving to the college

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health. Your gifts make it possible for us to continue to educate the best of the best in the Nursing profession and continue to be one of the premiere nursing colleges in North Dakota.

There are many opportunities for you to support the NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health.

These are some easy ways to give:

  • Check: Write a check out to the Sanford Health Foundation. In the memo section, write "NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health." Send it to PO Box 5525 Bismarck, ND 58506-5525.
  • Online: Click here to make an online donation.
  • Gift of stocks and securities: The easiest method of achieving the transfer of stock ownership is to notify your broker that you wish to transfer the stock to the Sanford Health Foundation. Have your broker contact Kristi Schmidt in the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 323-8457 to ensure you receive all available tax advantages.
  • Memorials: These are heartfelt ways to honor the memory of someone in our lives and can be given in sympathy or remembrance.
  • Honorariums: These gifts can be given in honor of a special person or to honor a class or a significant occasion in your life.
  • Will: Leave the NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in your will.

If you are interested in giving to the NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health and would like more information, contact Kristi Schmidt, Foundation director of major gifts, at (701) 323-8457. To find out more ways to give, click here.

To learn more about the NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health, click here.

Diabetes Camp

Diabetes camp
Counselor-in-training Kalyn Omlid gave Sam Kraft a hug at Camp Sioux, a weeklong camp for children with diabetes.

In 2010, Bismarck third-grader Sam Kraft was able to attend Camp Sioux held at Park River Bible Camp near Grand Forks, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor who paid his $150 attendance fee. The camp helps children of all ages, diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, better control the symptoms of their disease while enjoying traditional camp activities supervised by counselors and junior counselors who provided critical care for them day and night. Most of the staff members also have the disease.

“When we saw how organized and professional camp registration was, we were immediately calmed. As parents of a child with diabetes, you never stop being concerned about them. You are always checking on them, worrying about them. For this one week, we did not have to worry,” said Lisa, Sam’s mom.

Frequent doctor visits, special medications and occasional hospitalizations all the result of diabetes often take a toll on family budgets. For many of them, camp would not be possible without the gift of campership fees. Will you consider donating a campership fee so that another little boy or girl can attend camp this summer?

For more information, contact the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 323-8450 or E-mail foundation@sanfordhealth.org.

Employee Crisis Fund

The purpose of the Employee Crisis Fund is to help employees who are experiencing sudden, emergent and catastrophic financial difficulties. Emergent is defined as an unforeseen, unpredictable incident requiring immediate action.

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Garden of Peace

Thanks to generous donors, Sanford Health offers a place of solitude for those tiny babies lost either before or after birth. This final resting place, named Garden of Peace, is located on a beautiful bluff at the southwest corner of Fairview Cemetery and is landscaped to provide a final resting place for these tender, tiny souls. The Garden is a project of Sanford Health's Infant Bereavement Program.

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General Fund

Giving to the Foundation helps ensure that Sanford Health will be ready and able to provide quality healthcare to the residents of our service area. Through the fundraising work of the Foundation, Sanford Health can better face the following challenges of the healthcare business:
  • Decreases in insurance and government reimbursement rates
  • Increases in costs of supplies, equipment and technology
  • The desire to develop more programs and services
  • The uncertainty of government healthcare policy

Your support of the Sanford Health Foundation will help us build a fortress against uncertainty while providing a springboard into the future, a future which can guarantee the continuance of extraordinary healthcare.

Click here to give to the Sanford Health Foundation.

Sanford Health Dakota Children's Advocacy Center

The Sanford Health Dakota Children's Advocacy Center is a child friendly setting that coordinates services for children who may have been abused. Will you partner with us to help the Sanford Health DCAC continue in their mission of restoring hope, health and healing to abused children?

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Sanford Health Sunset Drive Continuing Care Center Tribute Gardens

The Sanford Health Sunset Drive Continuing Care Center is a state-of-the-art facility that our residents call home. The exterior is professionally landscaped with many Tribute Gardens providing opportunity for families or individuals to honor or memorialize a special loved one.

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Other programs to support

Behavioral Health Education and Development Fund
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast-specific Gamma Imaging Fund
Breast-specific Gamma Imaging Research Fund
Cardiac and Cancer Research Fund
Cardiac Cath Lab Fund
Cardiac Pulmonary Health Services Fund
Cardiology Research Fund
Cerebral Palsy Fund (Great American Bike Race)
Children's Cancer Fund
College of Nursing Centennial Fund: Building for the next century
Dakota Children's Advocacy Center
Dialysis Unit Fund
Easy Street Rehab
Employee Emergency Fund
Emergency Department Prescription Assistance Fund
Emergency Services Capitol Improvement Fund
Endo Pulmonary Fund
Excellence Through Education
Filmless Imaging Fund
Foundation General Fund
Foundation Medical Fund
Home Health Fund
Hospice General Fund
Housewide Partnership Fund
Infant Bereavement Fund
Intensive Care Unit Fund
Long-term Care Fund
Mandan Clinic Mammography Fund
Mandan Living Center
Neurodevelopmental/Neurodegenerative Research Fund
Oncology Education and Research Fund
Oncology General Fund
Pain Services
Pediatric Nursing Education
Pharmacy Education fund
Prostate Health Care
Q&R Clinic Pediatrics
Radiology Education Fund
Jean Reifschneider Memorial Fund
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Fund
Rehab Continuing Ed Fund
Respiratory Care Fund
Ross Kunz Memorial Scholarship Fund
Rural Health Care (Elsie Burkhart)
Super Foods Initiative Fund
St. Vincent's Care Center Fund
Tom & Frances Leach Kidney Dialysis Center Fund
Sanford Health Transplant Center
Dr. Robert Tudor fund (pediatrics)
YSL Lab Education fund

Volunteer opportunities

The Foundation is always in need of volunteers, especially with our large events like Savor the Flavor. However, we are also in need of volunteers for general office work as well.

If you would like to volunteer at the Foundation, either for general office work or for the events, please contact the Foundation at (701) 323-8450 or email foundation@sanfordhealth.org.