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Current Campaigns

Little Footprints, Big Hearts

In light of advancing technology and care practices, as well as the growth of programs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the foundation launched the Little Footprints, Big Hearts: Campaign for Avera NICU to construct an updated facility within Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Learn more about the campaign >>


Focus on Faith

Through the Caring for Community: Focus on Faith chapel campaign, our goal is to offer an exceptional retirement living experience with direct access to faith, care and quality features. Learn more about the campaign»


Caring for Community: Campaign for Dougherty Hospice House

Like a warm hug, the intimate surroundings at the Dougherty Hospice House along with its caring staff deliver Avera's values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. Through the Caring for Community: Campaign for Dougherty Hospice House, a proposed expansion and endowment will ensure everyone has access to this type of quality care. Learn more about the campaign »


Avera Family Wellness Program

Unique in the nation, the Avera Family Wellness Program has the potential to change many lives-by limiting the suffering caused by behavioral disorders. The program combines genetic and environmental principles with an aim toward health and wellness in children, families and communities.
Learn more about the Avera Family Wellness Program.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Services Fund enhances services for behavioral health patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, patient programs, and facility improvements.

Leander Endowment provides support for education for Behavioral Health Services staff.

Avera Family Wellness Fund provides funding for the Avera Family Wellness program focusing on early intervention and prevention of emotional/behavioral disorders in children enrolled in preschool programs within select Sioux Falls elementary schools.

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Cancer and Blood Disorders

Cancer Fund enhances cancer treatment by supporting the whole person, mind, body and spirit, through cancer programs including but not limited to survivorship programs, nutrition counseling, integrative medicine such as massage, aromatherapy, art therapy, movement therapy, fitness programming, and educational materials and activities for patients, families and staff.

Cancer Building Fund helps fund the building and equipment of a new cancer center for patients and families in need of physical, spiritual, and emotional comfort while they, or a loved one, are undergoing treatment at Avera McKennan or the Avera Cancer Institute.

Cancer Research Fund supports research activities in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Bone Marrow Transplant Fund supports programs and services for bone marrow transplant patients and their families including but not limited to recruiting bone marrow donors, enhancing patient support programs, and providing educational materials and activities for patients, families and staff.

Breast Cancer Fund supports prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship programs for breast cancer patients.

Integrative Medicine Fund enhances cancer treatment by supporting the whole person, mind, body and spirit, through integrative medicine including but not limited to massage, aromatherapy, art therapy, movement therapy and fitness programming.

Leukemia Fund enhances care for leukemia patients and their families including patient programs, education, and financial assistance for items not normally covered through insurance programs.

Lymphoma Fund enhances care for lymphoma patients and their families including patient programs, education, and financial assistance for items not normally covered through insurance programs.

Mary Kirby Rohn Endowment supports bereavement programs and services.

Virginia (Boler) Flicek and Melinda Camber Porter Endowment provides support to multiple myeloma and ovarian cancer patients and their families needing financial assistance for out-of-pocket costs and supports programs that enhance healing and support for cancer patients through incorporating the arts in the healthcare experience.

Compassion In Action Fund supports patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant with financial assistance for additional expenses associated with their illness. 

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Charity Care and Patient Assistance

Caring for Life Fund assists patients and families with out-of-pocket medical expenses such as travel, lodging, prescriptions and medical supplies/equipment.

Health Care Clinic Fund provides support for primary health care services to the people of our community regardless of their ability to pay.

Walsh Family Village Fund provides support for on-campus lodging for families of patients receiving treatment at Avera McKennan. The village includes Casa de Carlitos Welcome Center, Nano Nagle Inn, and Ronald McDonald House.

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Children - Avera Reaching Kids (ARK)

Children's Fund enhances services for pediatric patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and Child-Life programs. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Fund enhances services for NICU patients including staff and patient education, life-saving medical equipment and technology, and family support programs.

Avera Family Wellness Fund provides funding for the Avera Family Wellness program focusing on early intervention and prevention of emotional/behavioral disorders in children enrolled in preschool programs within select Sioux Falls elementary schools.  

Dr. Dennis and Mary Ann Knutson Endowment provides financial support to families with children needing to travel to receive medical care.

Kevin Knudsen Endowment provides annual scholarships for young athletes to train in the Acceleration program at Avera Sports Institute.

Nasser Law Offices P.C. Endowment supports various activities for children facing hospitalization including Child-Life programs, entertainment options and creative therapy. The endowment was created in memory of Matthew Nasser.

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Endowments

Helen McKennan Endowment provides annual support to the Avera McKennan Fund.

Eugenia Burgraff Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Jean Cramer Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Virginia (Boler) Flicek and Melinda Camber Porter Endowment provides support to multiple myeloma and ovarian cancer patients and their families needing financial assistance for items not normally covered through insurance programs.

Judy Herron Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Dr. Lynden B. and Shirley King Endowment supports the mission of Avera McKennan.

Kristi Roberts Gregg Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Mary Kirby Rohn Endowment supports bereavement programs and services.

Kevin Knudsen Endowment provides annual scholarships for young athletes to train in the Acceleration program at Avera Sports Institute.

Dr. Dennis and Mary Ann Knutson Endowment provides financial support to families with children needing to travel to receive medical care.

Sheryl Johnson Endowment Fund supports the mission of Avera McKennan.

Leander Endowment provides support for education for Behavioral Health Services staff.

Ron Radermacher Family Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Thomas M. Reardon Family Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Marcella Schuur Endowment provides funds for patient care and staff support at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Guy VanDemark Endowment supports the mission of Avera McKennan.

John Vander Wal Endowment provides annual operating support for the Walsh Family Village.

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Hospice

Hospice Fund provides annual operating support for Avera McKennan Hospice to provide care to improve the quality of a patient's end-of-life journey, offering comfort and dignity from an interdisciplinary team of specially trained professionals and volunteers. Funding provides care offered in home settings through our Home Hospice services and at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Marcella Schuur Endowment provides funds for patient care and staff support at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Ron Radermacher Family Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Thomas M. Reardon Family Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Jean Cramer Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Eugenia Burgraff Endowment provides annual operating support for the Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

Kristi Roberts Gregg Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

Judy Herron Endowment provides annual operating support for the Dougherty Hospice House.

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Prince of Peace

Comforts of Home Fund provides furnishings, equipment, and materials to create a warm, home-like atmosphere for residents at Avera Prince of Peace.

Prince of Peace Chapel Fund provides support for worship, meditation and spiritual reflection for Prince of Peace residents and their families.

Prince of Peace Building Fund helps fund the building and equipment of an expanded Avera Prince of Peace Campus.

Prince of Peace Endowment provides annual operating support for Avera Prince of Peace.

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Transplant

Organ Transplant Fund enhances services for kidney and pancreas transplant patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, patient programs, and patient assistance including evaluation transportation, meals, and lodging.

Bone Marrow Transplant Fund supports programs and services for Bone Marrow Transplants and their families including but not limited to recruiting bone marrow donors, enhancing patient support programs, and providing educational materials and activities for patients, families and staff.

Compassion In Action Fund provides support to patients and families battling blood disorder cancers and/or awaiting a bone marrow transplant through financial assistance for out-of-pocket expenses associated with their illness.

Walsh Family Village Fund provides support for on-campus lodging for families of patients receiving treatment at Avera McKennan. The village includes Casa de Carlitos Welcome Center , Nano Nagle Inn, and Ronald McDonald House.

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Walsh Family Village

Walsh Family Village Fund provides support for on-campus lodging for families of patients receiving treatment at Avera McKennan.  The village includes Casa de Carlitos Welcome Center, Nano Nagle Inn, and Ronald McDonald House.

John Vander Wal Endowment provides annual operating support for the Walsh Family Village.

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    Other Foundation Giving Options

    Careflight

    Careflight Fund provides support to enhance emergency medical transport services.

    Chapel

    Chapel Fund provides support for worship, meditation and spiritual reflection for patients and their families.

    Diabetes

    Diabetes Care Fund enhances diabetes care services including staff and patient education, patient programs, medical equipment, and community education programs.

    Education

    Education Services Fund enhances medical education programs and services and provides education opportunities for Avera McKennan staff and community members.

    Nursing Excellence Fund supports innovative education initiatives and research endeavors to continue to develop nursing excellence in caring for patients.

    DeSchepper Scholarship Fund provides educational opportunities and scholarships to the staff of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department. A minimum scholarship of $500 is awarded annually.

    Kris Christensen Paramedic Fund provides scholarships for individuals accepted into the Avera McKennan School of Emergency Medical Services for Paramedic Education program.

    Sister Colman Coakley Education Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for Avera McKennan employees advancing their education in a health related field. A minimum scholarship of $1,000 is awarded annually.

    Pharmacy Education Fund provides support for staff education and pharmacy programs.

    Library

    Library Fund provides medical-related resource material available to staff, patients and family members, and the community.

    Neuroscience

    Neurosciences Fund enhances services for patients with neurological and neurosurgical conditions.  These funds support staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and other patient programs.

    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation Fund enhances services for rehabilitation patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, joint camp and other patient programs.

    DeSchepper Scholarship Fund provides educational opportunities and scholarships to the staff of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department. A minimum scholarship of $500 is awarded annually.

    Kevin Knudsen Endowment provides annual scholarships for young athletes to train in the Acceleration program at Avera Sports Institute.

    Transplant

    Organ Transplant Fund enhances services for kidney and pancreas transplant patients including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and patient programs.

    Bone Marrow Transplant Fund supports programs and services for Bone Marrow Transplants and their families including but not limited to recruiting bone marrow donors, enhancing patient support programs, and providing educational materials and activities for patients, families and staff.

    Women's Services

    Women's/OB Fund enhances services for prenatal patients and their families including staff and patient education, medical equipment and technology, and patient and family programs.

    Women's Health Fund enhances innovative services for women's health with an emphasis on helping women through hormonal transitions including staff and patient education.

     

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    Planned Giving

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