SINCE 1962

your foundation

for health

Leading initiatives to create a region of the healthiest people.
Building the fundraising success of charities.
Investing in new ideas that create widespread health improvement.

for health-related entities & charities

It all begins with you.

We can be your foundation.

We know the power of the human spirit.
We get to witness it often.
It begins with someone like you.

You know you can help. You refuse to accept the status quo of health or surrender to helplessness in making life better for others.

Want to leave a legacy? Transform money into meaning? Plant your pain or loss into a promise of health and hope?

Since 1962, Dakota Medical Foundation has been connecting people and their life experiences to opportunities that improve the health of others. Let us guide you, so you can do the good you dream of and rescue lives held hostage by un-health or circumstance.

We can be your foundation.

Dakota Medical Foundation

Since 1962, Dakota Medical Foundation has been connecting people and their life experiences
to opportunities that improve the health of others.

How we help you

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), Impact Foundation, and Alex Stern Family Foundation have developed a multi-faceted response to help charities across North Dakota and northwest Minnesota ensure continuity of services for the populations they serve.

All Giving Hearts Day charities are listed on the Helping Hearts site and have been asked to update their individual profiles to reflect their urgent needs in light of COVID-19. Additionally, safety-net charities that did not participate in Giving Hearts Day are encouraged to utilize the platform and can request an application via email at

DMF COVID-19 Critical Services Fund
DMF has also created the “DMF COVID-19 Critical Services Fund” to raise additional support for critical safety-net health and human services organizations in the region. 100% of dollars raised through this fund will be distributed as grants because DMF will cover all administrative expenses.To give to this fund, please visit this link.

Giving Hearts Day ♥  February 11, 2021

Each year, Giving Hearts Day is the second Thursday of February and is the longest-running giving day in the United States.

Since 2008, $90 million has been raised for nearly 500 charities in the region on this exciting give-a-thon day!

Any day or night of the year, generous individuals and groups can use to connect with a charity to donate or volunteer.

Click the Giving Hearts Day link or logo above if you’d like to donate to a charity with your time or money.

Helping Hearts for COVID-19

Special note: As of March 30, 2020, has been repurposed to aid charities through COVID-19.  The site’s repurposed name is and you may still connect with charities to donate.

Want to fundraise better?
Recruit and retain effective board members?

High Impact Fundraising & Boards Seal of Distinction

The Impact Institute provides high impact training for charities in the areas of fundraising and effective boards.

Click here: GET STARTED to access a contact form. Indicate your interest in high impact training and submit your contact information.

If you’ve ever thought about establishing a foundation or charity, but the hassle of paperwork, accounting details, and tax reporting stopped you in your tracks,
you may be interested in a charitable fund through Dakota Medical Foundation.

We establish charitable funds, often called family foundations or endowment funds, for individuals, families, businesses, and community groups working to impact health and quality of life in our region.

Click here: DONOR FULFILLMENT or on the logo below to visit our DONOR FUNDS page and find out more and how to get started.

The North Dakota Dental Foundation began with the belief that dentists are well positioned to address issues that prevent people from getting dental care, and is deeply committed to helping those who can’t afford care.

Through dentist charitable outreach programs, such as Mission of MercyDental Rental, and the Kids Toothbrush Project, people have access to low-cost dental care and improve their oral health.

Dental Assistant Workforce Initiative addresses the shortage of dental assistants in North Dakota by promoting the position and offering incentives for training. This initiative increased the applications to NDSCS dental assisting program by 55% from 2018-2019.

North Dakota Dental Foundation Toothbrush Project        North Dakota Dental Foundation Mission of Mercy

Click on the logo below to visit the North Dakota Dental Foundation’s website to find out more.

Lend A Hand Up was created in 2007:

  • offering unique tools and funding to increase the help for local families in medical crisis
  • to help caring community members raise financial help for friends and neighbors in medical crisis
  • to inspire and enhance the success of volunteer-led fundraisers for families in medical crisis.

Click the Lend A Hand Up logo below to find out more.

Lend A Hand Up

Listen to a family who was helped through a fundraiser supported by Lend A Hand Up.


You can’t outwardly “see” a sexual abuser and neither can your child. Yet there are signs in the typical behaviors of abusers. You can become wiser, prevent risk through mindful supervision and stand to protect children. 

Click the Stand to Protect logo below to learn more and get involved.

Youth Substance Abuse
Preventing adolescent substance use begins with creating a meaningful network of connections and meeting kids and families where they are to help them find a place in the community. LevelUp helps families with prevention education and make healthy connections in the community.

Click the LevelUp Fargo logo below to find out more.

Opened in 2013, the Dakota Medical Foundation building is a gift to the community.

It is a place to gather and do great things.

DMF offers free or low-cost meeting space to health organizations and nonprofits for:
meetings  |  conferences  |  training
 classes  |  retreats  |  events

We don’t want a where to hold back the progress of your whatwhy and how of doing good.

Click on the image below to visit our MEETING SPACE page for more information.

Did you know?

  • 80% of a child’s learning ability relies on vision.
  • 1 in 4 kids starting Kindergarten have vision problems.
  • Vision problems affect 70% of juvenile delinquents.

The problem is, many kids don’t have the opportunity to get an eye exam. With your support, we can increase these opportunities, get their vision problems diagnosed and treated, and improve their futures.

Click on the logo below to visit the Optometric Foundation of North Dakota’s website.

Our Process


contact us

Click the GET STARTED button to complete and submit the form appearing on your screen or call us at 701-271-0263.


connect with dmf staff

Upon receiving your call or message, a DMF staff member will connect with you via phone or email message.


get a personalized plan

Work alongside a DMF staff member or partner and establish a plan based on your desire to do good and improve lives.

We support charities and we support you.

Think you’re not ready? Contact us anyway.
Often the hardest thing about getting started is getting started.

Let us guide you.
We can be your foundation.

“When you start or support a charity,
you are telling someone they matter.
You are easing pain. You are inspiring dreams.
Sometimes you are saving lives.”

- J. Patrick traynor, executive director of Dakota medical foundation

Investing in new ideas

that create widespread health improvement


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Dakota Medical Foundation logo
Alex Stern Family Foundation
Partners leading and supporting initiatives to improve health and quality of life in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
Working with and through people like you, Dakota Medical Foundation leads community-centered initiatives and programs, builds the fundraising success of charities, and invests in new ideas that create widespread health improvement.
Since 1996, DMF has invested over $100 million to operate initiatives and expand the impact of nearly 500 organizations in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
In 2004, Dakota Medical Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation formed the Impact Foundation, to help charities become exceptional fundraisers and ensure their long-term sustainability. The Impact Institute builds the capacity of nonprofits through an annual pathway of resources, trainings, and tools.
Together, with Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation, DMF hosts the annual 24-hour Giving Hearts Day that has raised $90 million for charities since 2008.
Together, we do great things.
Thank you.


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4141 28th Ave South
Fargo, ND 58104 USA

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