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Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation provides an opportunity for friends and supporters to share in bringing health and wellness to people in the Iowa Great Lakes Region through charitable gifts.


Okoboji Foundation $5,000 Nonprofit Giving Challenge

Join the $5,000 Nonprofit Challenge at! The nonprofit fund with the highest amount received totaling more than $5,000 in July, wins an additional $5,000 in their fund from the Okoboji Foundation!

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an especially important time to give to Lakes Regional Healthcare. With your help, we are able to continue to provide the high quality, compassionate healthcare services you’ve come to depend on.

As a donor, you also have the opportunity for significant tax benefit with gifts to Endow Iowa qualified funds. Endow Iowa allows Iowa taxpayers to receive a 25% Iowa tax credit in addition to normal federal charitable income tax deductions for certain charitable gifts.

For additional information contact Okoboji Foundation at 712-332-7177, visit or email You can also contact Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791 or

Scholarship Endowment Fund

The United States is experiencing a shortage of healthcare professionals – physicians, nurses, and technologists – because a greater percentage of them are nearing retirement and fewer people are entering the health industry as a career. Lakes Regional Healthcare is working on increasing the supply of healthcare professionals in northwest Iowa by focusing on people who have grown up in the area, in anticipation that they will come back in time and provide care to patients at Lakes Regional Healthcare and directly benefit people in Dickinson County. Lakes Regional Healthcare is helping those interested in pursuing careers in healthcare by removing as many obstacles as possible. Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment Fund provides three types of annual scholarships – one for Dickinson County high school seniors, one for Dickinson County residents in an undergraduate program, and one for Lakes Regional Healthcare employees. Currently scholarships are given to up to eight people, and the dollar value of the scholarships totals up to $7,000 annually. The desire is to grow the fund to be able to increase both the number of scholarships awarded and the dollar amounts of those scholarships.

Your gift of $100, $50, $25 or whatever amount is right for you, will help ensure people continue to receive quality, accessible healthcare in the future. You may also use your gift to honor or pay tribute to a dear friend or loved one.

Students: Apply Now to the Scholarship Endowment Fund

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation is now accepting applications to their Scholarship Endowment Fund. The fund was designed to support those in our community who are pursuing advanced certifications and degrees in the healthcare field. The program will award up to eight scholarships annually with a maximum $7,000 collective total. The scholarship is open to the following:

  • Dickinson County High School Senior
  • Dickinson County Undergraduate student going in to their third or fourth year of college or pursuing advanced certification in a healthcare field
  • Current Lakes Regional Healthcare employee in good standing

Application Details

East Side Patio Memorial Gifts

Pavers and Seat Walls at Lakes Regional Healthcare’s East Side Patio engraved with your loved one’s name are wonderful ways to help Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation while memorializing your loved one.



Russ Beckendorf


Mary Brevik


Kathy Fahy


Judy Haviland


Debbie Johnson


Linda Moore


John M. Sandy


Brian Sohn


Janet Staver