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Sanford Health Employees Raise $1M to Provide Covid-19 Relief for Colleagues

Apr 27, 2020 01:55PM ● By Med Magazine
Sanford Health employees have donated more than $1 million for colleagues facing financial hardship related to COVID-19. The Sanford Health Foundation announced the milestone today, just three weeks after starting the initiative.

“We are family here,” said Bobbie Tibbetts, president of the foundation. “This is how family pulls together in crisis and comes out stronger. We lift each other up so we can do what we’re called to do — to care for our patients and communities, together, now and always.”

Dollars raised benefit the Foundation’s Enterprise Employee Crisis Fund, which supports Sanford and Good Samaritan Society employees struggling to meet basic needs due to extraordinary and unexpected circumstances — like those caused by the far-reaching effects of the ongoing pandemic.

Since early April, 438 employees have received assistance, with 97 applications currently under review or pending, and more submitted every day. Any employee may apply to receive up to $1,000 in assistance. Applications remain anonymous and are reviewed by a committee of peers representing all regions of Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan Society.

“As gifts come in, we’re sending 100 percent right back out to help colleagues with basic needs like food, housing, clothing or child care,” Tibbetts said. “There’s incredible need right now, but fortunately, it’s matched by incredible kindness and generosity.”

In addition to the Employee Crisis Fund, the Foundation has launched an Emerging Threats Fund to support Sanford’s response to COVID-19 and other health care threats. Funds are directed to areas of greatest need, like helping purchase personal protective equipment for front line responders or supporting enhanced training to upskill staff to meet changing needs. 

“Every day, I continue to be touched by the selflessness of our Sanford family and Foundation supporters,” Tibbetts said. “There are challenging days ahead, but the spirit of giving is shining a bright light of hope.”    

To learn more about giving to the Sanford Health Foundation in support of front line responders and health care staff, please visit