What We Do

We Work By & Through Others

We lead initiatives to create a region of the healthiest people, build the fundraising success of health-related nonprofits, and invest in new ideas that can create widespread health improvement.

We further invest our resources in helping nonprofits become exceptional at fundraising. With money for their missions, organizations multiply their impact on health and quality of life. Our fundraising system teaches charities “how to fish” and has trained nearly 5,000 people from more than 450 nonprofits in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Organizations using the system are raising vastly more and are expanding their capacity to solve health problems we face in this region.

Our Story Of Changing Impact


Dakota Medical Foundation was formed in the 1960s by pioneering physicians and community leaders with the vision to build a progressive new hospital on Fargo’s growing south side. Initial tax exempt status was granted May 26, 1962.

A new $1.8 million Dakota Hospital opened two years later with 76 beds and 11 physicians. It developed into a major referral center and became renowned for its kidney dialysis, joint replacement, open heart surgery and multiple other specialties. It was known, too, for its deeply dedicated physicians, high quality patient care and pursuit of continual innovation.

Eventually, the hospital was sold to a for-profit organization and the proceeds began the $94 million DMF endowment with a mission to impact health in our region.

Since inception, DMF has invested nearly $100 million to operate health initiatives and fund strategies that strengthen the results of more than 450 nonprofits in North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Service Area

Based in Fargo, ND, Dakota Medical Foundation serves health-related entities, charities, and people in:

North Dakota Counties

Barnes, Benson, Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Nelson, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh, and Wells

Minnesota Counties

Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Wadena, and Wilkin

Our Staff

We have a fundamental belief in the unlimited potential of all human beings.

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Board Members

We are led by a team of dreamers, thinkers, and innovators focused on the complex challenges facing our interdependent communities.

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