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Practicing philanthropy at Gundersen

Your donations to Gundersen Medical Foundation make a difference in our distinct areas of focus: Medical Education; medical research; philanthropy; Resolve Through Sharing® and Bioethics. Our philanthropy team raises funds to support our focus areas and the needs of Gundersen Health System by:

  • Increasing patient support programs that reduce the financial burden of healthcare  
  • Purchasing medical equipment that enhances Gundersen's world-class care
  • Enrolling patients in clinical trials for the best chance at a healthy future
  • Offering residencies and fellowships to train and retain physicians 
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Our mission

  • We educate. Gundersen is a leading academic healthcare system, training residents, fellows, medical students, nurses and allied health students each year in almost every specialty area.
  • We discover. Our research institute focuses on finding answers to breast and other cancers, our clinical trials offer patients the latest cancer treatments and our microbiology lab advances testing and prevention of Lyme disease.
  • We train. Organizations around the world use our evidence-based, compassion-first approach to bereavement care.
  • We support. We secure and fund projects that improve patient care and enrich the communities we serve.


Our legacy

The foundation was founded in 1944 by the three sons of Adolf Gundersen, founder of Gundersen Clinic, to attract medical experts from universities and metropolitan areas. In 1997, we merged with the Lutheran Hospital Foundation when Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Hospital united. Today, Gundersen Medical Foundation improves the lives of patients and our community through medical education, research, outreach and the philanthropic support of Gundersen Health System.

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The power of philanthropy

In fiscal year 2023
  • 20%

    of residents and fellows hired by Gundersen

  • $4.2M

    raised to support Gundersen

  • 171

    participants enrolled in LymeDetect study

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Programs & Events

Our charitable events bring communities together to support patients, advance research, train tomorrow's caregivers and fund Gundersen's world-class care.

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Our Impact

Thanks to generous donations, we’re making a real difference in the health of our community—now and for future generations.

Your dollars at work
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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

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