Essentia Health Foundation

Discover how the Essentia Health Foundation supports patients and families across the Upper Midwest. We oversee 11 foundations—all dedicated to improving and expanding health care in local communities.

Find Your Local Health Charity

Your local foundation is governed by members of your community and supports care in your area. Read about:

Make a Big Impact

Feel confident that your gifts are being used effectively in your community. Your local foundation controls the funds it receives. But, as part of a bigger family of foundations, it benefits from shared administrative resources. To learn more, see the Essentia Health Foundation Annual Report [PDF] or review our disclosure statement [PDF].

Types of Gifts

You can donate directly to the foundation that supports the Essentia facilities in your area in many ways. Learn about the types of gifts you can make.

Foundation Staff & Board of Directors

See the Essentia Health Foundation staff and board of directors who work together to make an impact through philanthropy.

Foundation Staff

Deb EllingsenDeb Ellingson
Foundation Associate
218-786-1619
Email Deb Ellingsen

Board of Directors

  • Richard Brown, at-large, vice chair
  • Robert Bennett, at-large
  • Robert Erickson, MD, Essentia Health-East
  • Val Knudsen, Essentia Health-Central
  • Craig Nathan, Essentia Health-Central
  • Jim Rehder, at-large
  • Mike Seyfer, Essentia Health-East
  • Jim Sinclair, Essentia Health-West
  • Faye Witt, at-large

How to Make an Online Donation

Select from our list of Essentia Health foundations and you will see a "Give Online" button.