fundraise for good

At Sanford Health, our doctors, researchers and caregivers are working to bring health, hope and healing to more than 1.2 million people across the Upper Midwest. With you on our team, we can accelerate our race to uncover new breakthroughs, develop new treatments and create meaningful programs that support patients and their families. Launch your fundraiser and inspire others to give for good today!

Get Started with these Three Easy Steps

Step 1

Identify Your Focus Area

Lifesaving care for children. Help for those fighting cancer. New breakthroughs in research. And so much more.


No matter what area of health care moves you most, when you fundraise for Sanford Health through the Sanford Health Foundation, you’ll join a growing community of change-makers working to improve the human condition through philanthropy.


Need inspiration? See our ideas below.


Step 2

Launch Your Idea

From lemonade stands to car washes and more, almost any family-friendly activity can become a great fundraiser. Please complete this short form to share your idea with us and to begin creating your personalized fundraising web page for event sign-ups, online donations and more!

Step 3

Get Started!

If your idea is a do-it-yourself fundraiser, you’re all set! Start sharing and inspire others to give for good today. If your idea involves a team, requires registration and/or is competitive in nature, please complete the form listed in Step 2.


Also, don’t forget to check out our Fundraising Toolkit to get started!


Thank you in advance for using your passion and creativity to make a difference for Sanford Health patients and families.

Types of Fundraisers

Create your own campaign today by choosing a focus area, launching your idea and spreading the word! 100% of every dollar you raise will bring health and comfort to patients and families today and will help advance new treatment innovations for tomorrow.

Special Occasions

From weddings to birthdays to anniversaries and more, special occasion fundraisers make any milestone event more meaningful because they support the lifesaving work of Sanford Health.


Dr. Rachel Cooper knew the best wedding gift her guests could give would be to support her patients and families on the OB/Peds unit at Sanford Bemidji.

Athletic Events

From corn hole to speed walking, from pickle ball to golf, to everything in between — every toss, every mile and every game can move us closer to our mission of improving the human condition.


Employees at Starion Bank in Bismarck wanted to make a difference for local kids, so they organized a community corn hole tournament to benefit Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Community Fundraisers

Activate your community by holding your own fundraiser for an area that means the most to you. From silent auctions to bake sales and more, your fundraiser can do a world of good right here at home.


The community of Aberdeen rallied around its love of hockey and its passion for helping others through a local fundraiser for Sanford Children’s.

Sawyer Fargo Story

Tribute Fundraisers

Tribute fundraisers are a beautiful way to honor the life and legacy of someone special while helping patients and families right here at home.


Sawyer wanted to honor his grandfather’s memory and the tender care he received during his final days. So he organized a fundraiser in support of Sanford Hospice in Fargo.

Fundraising Tips and Resources

View our Fundraising Toolkit for easy-to-use tips on how to kick-start your fundraiser, customizable email messages you can use to spread the word with others about your fundraiser, and information on the impact of charitable giving.

View our Fundraising Toolkit

Create Your Own Fundrasing Page

If you’ve completed the form or have a fundraiser you’ve done previously, your next step is to complete your personalized fundraising page. Instructions on how to create a page are located in our fundraising toolkit above. Click the region you are planning to support below to get started:







Sioux Falls


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do anything to fundraise?

People fundraise in truly creative and wonderful ways but, from our experience, the most successful fundraisers are those that are family friendly and safe to others.

In addition, the event organizer is responsible for obtaining any necessary insurance, permits and clearances required by local and state government and complying with all applicable laws. Because the Sanford Health Foundation is not hosting the event, you will not be able to use the tax identification number assigned to the entity.

How do I accept donations for my fundraiser?

Depending on the nature of your fundraiser, you can accept donations in a couple different ways:


  • If you’re hosting a “do-it-yourself” fundraiser, such as a bake sale, car wash or pancake breakfast, you can simply collect donations at the event. You can then drop-off or send those donations to your location Sanford Health Foundation office. The event organizer is responsible for collecting all donations not submitted through our website.
  • If your idea involves a team, requires registration and/or is competitive in nature, you can create a personalized fundraising web page through which your participants can donate online.
Is there a minimum fundraising requirement?

No. We’re grateful for every gift. Every gift — no matter the size — makes a difference.

While there is not a minimum fundraising threshold, we aren’t able to guarantee the availability of our staff members to attend/assist with your event. We deeply value our fundraisers’ events and would love to attend each one, but unfortunately, our schedules don’t always permit. If you have concerns or additional questions regarding this, please complete this form!

Can I fundraise if I’m under age 18?

If you’re under age 18, please make sure your parent/guardian reviews and accepts our volunteer fundraiser terms and conditions and takes responsibility for ensuring your fundraising is safe and legal.

Can my fundraiser feature raffle/auction prizes?

If your effort includes an auction, raffle or form of gambling activity, please clearly state that intent on the form listed in Step 2 above. These efforts may require state or local specific licenses with other compliance steps needing to be taken into consideration.

Will donors to my fundraiser receive a tax receipt?

If you worked with the Sanford Health Foundation to create a web page for your fundraiser, all donors who give through your fundraiser’s web page will receive a charitable tax receipt. We cannot issue charitable tax receipts for donors who make payments directly to your fundraiser via cash or check. Donors who need a tax receipt should write a check payable to the Sanford Health Foundation with the event name included. For a donor to receive a tax receipt from the Foundation, the check must be mailed directly to the Foundation including details on if the donor received anything in return for the contribution.

Where do I mail the checks and/or cash received for my fundraiser?

Please send checks, along with a note that includes your fundraising campaign name and contact information to the Sanford Health Foundation office closest to you.


For security purposes, we do not recommend sending cash donations by mail. For any cash donation you receive, please convert the cash to cashier’s checks or money orders payable to the Sanford Health Foundation.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about a fundraising idea, or have questions related to donations from your fundraiser’s participants, please complete this form and we’ll be in touch!

What should I do if I’m not interested in fundraising?

Here are some of the things you can do to help without creating a fundraiser:


Donate to one of our priorities.

You can give a one-time donation or a recurring donation to any cause and/or location you see fit. No matter the amount, all donations can do a world of good.


Shop for a cause.

Do you love to shop? Why not shop for good? Explore our wish lists and make every day life a little easier for patients and families:


Attend an event to show your support.

View some of our upcoming events on this page or visit your local Sanford Health Foundation Facebook page (Bemidji, Bismarck, Fargo or Sioux Falls) to see what’s happening near you!