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Foundation Impact

When you donate to Gundersen Medical Foundation, you’re making a difference in the health of people in our community.

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Practicing philanthropy at Gundersen

Gundersen Medical Foundation advances medical research, trains tomorrow's healthcare providers, expands access to care, equips the health system with state-of-the-art technology for patient care and more. Your support makes our work possible. 

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Giving to Gundersen

Our efforts have a profound impact on Gundersen Health System, which is why many employees choose to give back. In 2023, more than 1,000 employees donated $566,000 to make a difference for their coworkers, patients and the community.

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The power of philanthropy

In fiscal year 2023
  • $3.5M

    distributed to support Gundersen

  • $1.4M

    given through estate gifts

  • 90

    Gundersen departments received grant funding

Investments to improve care

Cancer research

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In 2023 alone, the foundation distributed more than $1.4 million to support cancer research, cancer support groups, 3D mammography units, snacks for infusion patients and more. 

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Mental health services

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Your generous donations enabled us to boost critical mental health services to those who need them most. More than $120,000 distributed in 2023 allowed us to update our Inpatient Behavioral Health center, provide essentials for patients, launch an adult ADHD testing pilot program and support the annual Suicide Prevention Summit.

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Hospice for end-of-life care

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It's because of our donors' continuing support that Hospice can provide compassionate patient care through therapeutic music and other personalized methods, such as pet and massage therapy, bereavement support, memory making supplies and more.

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Ongoing education 

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Our grant program supports ongoing staff education to remain at the cutting edge of patient care. In 2023 alone, your donations allowed the foundation to fund more than $200,000 for conferences and trainings.

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The therapeutic music program was such a blessing to Martin and I. He was unable to get out of his room for activities and this was such a nice way to bring him joy and peace during his last days. It is also nice for people who do not have a lot of family members who visit and this can provide a comforting presence. We had a beautiful experience with the whole hospice program and appreciate everyone’s kindness.
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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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Ways to Give

There are many ways to donate to Gundersen Medical Foundation. Choose an area that’s near and dear to your heart.  

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

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