Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation

Help improve the health and well-being of your neighbors in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Contribute to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation.

Why Give?

Feel confident your gift will be used to support a healthier community and improve care in Central Minnesota. We’re governed by a local board of directors who are invested in making our area a great place to live. St. Joseph’s Foundation raises money for Essentia facilities near you. It also provides funding to community health programs.

Hear from some of our donors about why they give.

Areas Of Giving

Give an unrestricted gift, which allows us to direct your donation to the area of greatest need. Or, support your favorite cause.

Designate your contribution for a specific program or fund, such as:

  • Cancer care programs
    • Cancer Care Fund – Helps advance cancer care
    • Pay It Forward Brainerd Lakes Cancer Fund – Helps cancer patients and families with nonmedical expenses, such as transportation, childcare, and housing
    • Pink Ribbon Cupboard – Assists breast cancer patients and families with nonmedical expenses, including car payments, housing, and groceries
  • Lakes Prostate Cancer Fund and Support Group
    • Helps prostate cancer patients and families with non-medical expenses during treatment
    • Provides educational resources and promotes public awareness of prostate cancer and its early detection and treatment
    • For more information on the Lakes Prostate Cancer Support Group please contact:
  • Community Health Investment Fund – Provides grants to area nonprofits and governmental organizations who improve the health of our community
  • Heart and vascular care programs
    • Take Heart Program – Trains high school students and community members in CPR and AED
    • Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center – Helps advance cardiovascular care
    • Heltne Endowment for the Care of Patients with Heart Failure – Advances heart failure care

Hold a Fundraiser

Partner with St. Joseph’s Foundation to raise money for a cause you want to support. Hold a car wash, host a wine tasting, or create another fundraiser to benefit a program of your choice. For more information, email the foundation or call us at 218-828-7362.

About St. Joseph’s Foundation

Part of Essentia Health Foundation, St. Joseph’s Foundation is nonprofit organization that supports community health initiatives and Essentia Health facilities in the Brainerd Lakes Area. St. Joseph’s Foundation began in 1990 with a $10,000 gift from the St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary. Since then, it’s raised more than $10 million.

Community Heath Endowment Fund

Improve health care in your community through an endowment committed to ensuring the long-term, holistic health of the greater Brainerd Lakes community.


Contact Us

To reach the Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Foundation, call 218-828-7362.

Affiliated Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Charles Benson
  • Yvette Campbell
  • Jacen Gondringer
  • Terri McLean
  • Kurt Olsen
  • Jim Strampe
  • Kara Terry
  • Cathy Gray

Like most websites, we use cookies and other technologies to keep our website reliable, secure, and to better understand how our site is used. By using our site, you agree to our use of these tools. Learn More