giving for good bismarck

In partnership with supporters across the Bismarck region, we are fueling leading-edge technology, enhancing care and accelerating new breakthroughs. Along with patient programs and facilities like our NICU, our Look Good Feel Better Program, and the Sanford Cancer Center in Bismarck, we’re also looking after our own with initiatives like the “Zen Den,” the Medical Center’s new wellness room.


Last year, we put $747,000 in philanthropic gifts to work across the Bismarck region.

We’ve supported vital workforce needs through our Internationally Educated Nurse program and NDSU scholarships, supported our Child Life Specialists program that’s at no cost to patients, funded Sanford Sports scholarships and behavioral health resources in local schools, and provided patient financial to cover costs insurance doesn’t


Local Priorities

The Sanford Health Foundation serves four diverse regions, each with their own distinct and meaningful priorities. Here are some of the initiatives that the Bismarck region supports.

For Children

The Sanford Children’s Hospital Bismarck supports local infants, kids and teens everyday through Child Life services to help kids cope with the fear and uncertainties of hospitalization, financial assistance to help families with costs not covered by insurance, lifesaving pediatric equipment like ventilators and monitors, and so much more.

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For Behavioral Health

We work to support those affected by mental illness, substance abuse or other behavioral health challenges in our community. We do this by developing school-based curriculum and expanding behavioral health clinician support in schools, like this program at Simle Middle School, funding scholarship, internship and sponsorship opportunities in high-demand fields including social work and counseling, and so much more.

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For Cancer

This year, hundreds of local patients count on the Sanford Cancer Center in Bismarck. Through philanthropy, we provide travel assistance for qualifying patients who drive significant distances for care, offer complimentary wigs and head coverings, upgrade equipment to offer access to lifesaving MRIs and 3D mammograms, and so much more.

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Dr. Todd Schaffer

Leadership Connection

A monthly Bismarck region update from Dr. Todd Schaffer, president & CEO of Sanford Bismarck.

March 7th, 2024


As a nonprofit health care system, your generosity makes progress at Sanford possible. It fuels our vision to improve the human condition for patients at every age and every stage of life with health care solutions that meet the changing needs of our region, including our neighbors in surrounding rural communities.

To that end, I’m proud to share that thanks to the support of so many, our transformative 60,000-square-foot Sanford Virtual Care Center will open later this year. This state-of-the-art facility will serve people across our network of hospitals and clinics, expanding opportunities for patients and families to receive care in the communities they call home, as well as our long-term care locations. It will also house innovation, education and research initiatives to advance tomorrow’s digital health care solutions.

Please know that we’re incredibly grateful for your continued support as we work to ensure people and families throughout the region have access to world-class care, closer to home than ever.


With gratitude,

Dr. Todd Schaffer

Bismarck’s Signature Events

Below are a few of the signature events we host in the Bismarck region. To see more events in Bismarck, visit our calendar.

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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.


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Bismarck Team

Deb Koski

Chief Philanthropy Officer, CFRE

Sara Haugen

Vice President – Bismarck

Jenna Moran

Senior Development Specialist – Bismarck

Kortney Moore

Development Officer – Bismarck

Bismarck Board Members


Kevin Magstadt

Adolfson & Peterson Construction – Director Business Development II

Vice Chair

Nick Hillman

Sanford Health – Manager Quality & Safety

Secretary / Treasurer

Dustin Hollevoet

Hollevoet & Welk Orthodontics – Orthodontist

Treva Beard

Gold Buckle Tack/Beard Arena – Co-owner ND information Technology

Taylor Daniel

Daniel Companies – Commercial Realtor

Cory McLindsay

Venture Real Estate – Realtor

Todd Schaffer, MD

Sanford Health – President

Cindy Steiner

Bravera Bank – Trust Officer

Chris Rivinius

Stifel – Financial Advisor

Doug Zinke

Starion Bank – Market Manager, SVP

Andy Buntrock

Basin Electric Power Cooperative – VP of Strategic Planning & Communications

Peggy Link

MDU Resources – Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Gretchen Stenehjem

First International Bank and Trust – Marketing Officer