Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award, Research!America



Pontifical Key Philanthropy Award, Pontifical Council for Culture of the Vatican



Medal of Distinguished Americans, Horatio Alger Association

Elected to Board of Directors, Horatio Alger Association

Cell Therapy Philanthropy Panelist, Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture

Outstanding Philanthropist, San Diego Association of Fundraising Professionals, Calif.



Honorary Doctorate Degree of Public Service, South Dakota State University

Visionary Leadership Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of San Diego, Calif.

Hall of Fame Lifetime Laureate, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Calif.

National Philanthropy Day Honorary Chair, Association of Fundraising Professionals



No. 15 on Chronicle of Philanthropy’s America’s Most Generous Donors list

Children’s Circle of Care, Rady Children’s Hospital, Calif.

Executive of the Year, Sioux Falls Sales and Marketing Executives, S.D.

Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award, San Diego, Calif.

San Diego Public Library Foundation Donor Circle Knowledge Visionary, Calif.

San Diego’s Nice Guy of the Year, Calif.

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, National University, Calif.

Chancellor’s Medal, UC San Diego, Calif.



Bud Grant Distinguished Minnesotan Award, National Football Foundation

Founding Member of the Leadership Circle, Arizona State University

Stem Cell Action Leadership Award, Genetics Policy Institute



Outstanding Philanthropist, Association of Fundraising Professionals

Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts

Outstanding Philanthropist, University of Minnesota



Homeroom Hero Honoree, Teach for America, Ariz.

Children’s Circle of Care, Rady Children’s Hospital, Calif.

Ballington and Maud Booth Award, Volunteers of America



President’s Award, City of Hope, Calif.

Million Dollar Roundtable, United Way

Health Care Champions Lifetime Achievement Award, San Diego Business Journal, Calif.

Health Hero, WebMD Magazine

Philanthropist of the Year, Arizona State University

No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 50 Most Generous Donors list

Denny Sanford Hall of Fame at TCF Stadium dedicated, University of Minnesota

Honorary Citizen, Walt Disney World

Philanthropist of the Year, Florida Hospital for Children

North Dakota Forum Area Person of the Year



Key Proponent Award, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine



No. 15 on BusinessWeek’s Top 50 American Philanthropists

International Philanthropist Honoree, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Calif.

Inducted into the University of Minnesota President’s Club Trustees Society

Living and Giving Honoree, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Desert SW Chapter

Distinguished Service Award, University of Minnesota Alpha Nu of Chi Psi Fraternity



No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 50 Most Generous Donors

Leadership Award, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Calif.

Induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame

Spirit of Sioux Falls Leadership Award, Sioux Falls Development Foundation (S.D.)

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of South Dakota

Champion for Children Award, South Dakota Voices for Children

Alpha Chapter Beta Gamma Sigma Honoree Award, University of South Dakota



No. 49 on BusinessWeek’s 50 Most Generous Philanthropists

Outstanding Philanthropist, South Dakota Association of Fundraising Professionals

Induction into the St. Paul Central High School Hall of Fame, Minn.