Employees Give $416,022 During Month-long Celebration of Gratitude

Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society employees donated $416,022 during the month of March, setting a new record for the health system’s annual Celebration of Gratitude campaign, a month-long effort designed to share stories of generosity, highlight the impact of philanthropy and inspire employee participation.


“We’re all united by a common calling to care, and we couldn’t be more grateful for colleagues who choose to live out that calling in a special way as an employee donor,” said Deb Koski, chief philanthropy officer. “I think the ways in which our employees continuously step forward in generosity says so much about their dedication to our patients, residents and families, their belief in our mission, and their commitment to each other. It says so much about our entire organization. It’s truly a beautiful thing to witness.”



This year, gifts received during the Celebration of Gratitude carry an extra special meaning since every dollar donated by employees throughout the month of March was matched by Sanford Health for the Employee Crisis Assistance Program. Since 2020, this important program has been a lifeline for more than 2,100 colleagues facing extraordinary and unexpected financial hardships. Thanks to our incredible employees, the Employee Crisis Assistance Program will continue to be a valued resource for members of our Sanford and Good Samaritan families who are navigating difficult journeys.


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100% of every dollar raised through the Sanford Health Foundation and the Good Samaritan Foundation brings health, hope and healing to patients, residents and their families across the communities we serve by supporting these priority areas:



Across the health system, more than 10,000 employees have chosen to become employee donors. For Mike Hoffmann, director of supply chain operations, giving through the Sanford Health Foundation another chance to make a difference.


“I give to Sanford Health because I can see the impact of my donation at work in our community and in our Sanford facilities. Knowing that my family and friends have close-to-home access to life-saving services like the Heart and Vascular Center gives me the peace of mind knowing that if they would ever need care, we have the resources and highly trained staff here locally to take care of them. Knowing that my contribution made a small difference in that care being available is something that I take pride in,” Hoffman said.