Lisa Gibson, senior director of facilities at Sanford Fargo

Why I give: Lisa Gibson

February 19, 2021

When we say every dollar counts, we truly mean it.

Lisa Gibson started out giving a little bit each pay period, and over time her giving has added up in big ways. Last year, the senior director of facilities celebrated a huge milestone: $10,000 donated through the Sanford Health Foundation.

We caught up with Lisa to ask a few questions about what giving means to her.


What inspired you to work in health care?

Health care just really felt like home to me. I started my career in university food service and joined Sanford 16 years ago. It’s been a great experience. I think for a lot of people, it’s a calling. It’s so incredibly meaningful to support people when they are the most vulnerable and help them in any way that you can.


Why is it important for you to give back through the Sanford Health Foundation?

You’re able to choose where your money goes. That’s huge because you want to support the things you are personally passionate about.

I’ve had family members and close friends with cancer be healed at Sanford, so I started out giving to support the overall care and assist patients with costs not covered by insurance.


Has there been a moment where you’ve been especially proud of the difference your support makes?

I started giving just $25 a pay period and over the years, increased my giving as I progressed in my career. I was shocked when the Foundation called to tell me that my giving had grown to more than $10,000. I was over-the-top excited to see how every paycheck added up. I know I’ve helped countless people, and that just makes me super excited and so proud.


Why would you encourage other members of the Sanford Family to give back?

Health care is a calling. We all want to help improve local health care and better serve our patients and families. Through giving, you can provide hope no matter where you are, no matter what your talents are, no matter the dollar amount.

The amount doesn’t matter. Look at how my $25 per pay period added up over time. It’s the action that really matters. Your $5 couples with someone else’s $5 and becomes $10.


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