More than $1M raised to provide COVID-19 relief

April 28, 2020

Over the past three weeks, Sanford employees have donated more than $1 million to support colleagues facing financial hardship related to COVID-19.

“We are family here,” said Bobbie Tibbetts, president of the Sanford Health Foundation. “This is how family pulls together in crisis and comes out stronger. We lift each other up so we can do what we’re called to do — to care for our patients and communities, together, now and always.”

Dollars raised benefit the Foundation’s Enterprise Employee Crisis Fund, which supports Sanford and Good Samaritan Society employees struggling to meet basic needs due to extraordinary and unexpected circumstances — like those caused by the far-reaching effects of the ongoing pandemic.

This milestone was made possible by more than 800 employees, past and present, who gave back to support their work family. David Link, former Sanford chief strategy officer, is proud to be counted among them.

Dave and his wife, Laurie, were recently moved to give $10,000 to the Enterprise Employee Crisis Fund. Dave spent more than 30 years at Sanford, starting in Data Processing and retiring as chief strategy officer in 2015.

“Think about the people you’ve worked with over the years and what their families might be going through at this time,” Dave said. “Too many of them have situations brought on that are just beyond their control. If you have the opportunity to give back and support them through this crisis, this is one of the best and most needed times to do so.”


The impact

Since early April, 524 employees have received assistance, with 495 applications currently under review or pending, and more submitted every day. Any employee may apply to receive up to $1,000 in assistance. Applications remain anonymous and are reviewed by a committee of peers.

“As gifts come in, we’re sending 100 percent right back out to help colleagues with basic needs like food, housing, clothing or child care,” Tibbetts said. “There’s incredible need right now, but fortunately, it’s matched by incredible kindness and generosity.”


Ways to help

In addition to the Employee Crisis Fund, the Foundation has launched an Emerging Threats Fund to support Sanford’s response to COVID-19 and other health care threats. Funds are directed to areas of greatest need, like helping purchase personal protective equipment for front line responders or supporting enhanced training to upskill staff to meet changing needs.


To learn more about these funds and other ways to give, please visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/Covid19.

100% of every gift will help Sanford rise to the challenges of these uncertain times.

“Every day, I continue to be touched by the selflessness of our Sanford family and Foundation supporters,” Bobbie said. “There are challenging days ahead, but the spirit of giving is shining a bright light of hope.”