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Bemidji Foundation - Support Us


By partnering with Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota and the community, Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota fulfills its mission of supporting and promoting community health care services. The Foundation's work ensures availability of state-of-the-art medical services and up-to-date technology as well as modern facilities for the Bemidji area.

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota invites you to support our mission. You can count on us to put your gift to work helping people in the most effective way possible, where it is needed most. That's because the Foundation is synonymous with organizational stability and moral responsibility.

Giving Societies

Major Gifts

Recognizes community leaders who give their individual or business financial support of $10,000 or more.

Honor Society

Recognizes individual donations of $10,000 or more as a single gift or cumulative gifts and pledges. Members of this club have opportunities to participate in special members-only events throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

Business Gives

Recognizes business giving at various levels. Click here to learn more.

Partners in Health

Recognizes individuals in the community who make an annual contribution between $1 and $999. Click here to learn more.

Legacy Society

Recognizes those who remember the Foundation in their will or estate plans with gifts such as stock, endowments, real estate, charitable gift annuities or other future gifts. Click here to learn more.

Endowment Q&A

Endowed funds are critically important to the future of health care in the Northern Minnesota region. They ensure perpetual support for facilities, equipment purchases and the expansion of patient programming and services, research, staff education and so much more. Click here to learn more.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Making a Will that Works

Making a Will

PETAL Program

The PETAL Program was developed to help patients and their families cope with both the physical and emotional aspect of a pregnancy loss or infant death. PETAL (Parents Embracing Time After Loss) team members include nurses, a social worker and a chaplain. By making a gift to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota for the PETAL Program, you play an important role in supporting families at an extremely difficult time in their lives, a time of healing after the loss of their baby. Click here for more information.

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel is a program that gives patients and their families the opportunity to acknowledge a staff member or a volunteer who they felt gave them exceptional care. The patient or family member can recognize the Sanford Guardian Angel by making a monetary gift of any amount.

The first time a staff member or volunteer is recognized as a Guardian Angel, he or she will receive a Guardian Angel lapel pin to wear proudly. For each additional recognition, he or she will receive a recognition card. On the 10th recognition, the associate or volunteer will be presented with a gold Guardian Angel pin.

Click here to make a donation online.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

A memorial or honorary gift is a special tribute to a loved one. Gifts to the Foundation may be made in honor of or in memory of someone special you hold dear.

Contact Us

To learn more about Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota, please click on one of the email links below or contact us directly by telephone:

Penny Echternach

Executive Director
(218) 333-5515

Kelly Martinka

Development Coordinator
(218) 333-5505


Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601