Dakota Credit Union Foundation donates $200,000 to CMN Hospitals

Dakota Credit Union Foundation donates $200,000 to CMN Hospitals

BISMARCK, MD (June 10, 2024)The Dakota Credit Union Foundation has announced a $200,000 donation to three Children's Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals in North and South Dakota. The announcement was made during the Dakota Credit Union Association's annual meeting, held on May 16, 2024, at the Grand Falls Resort & Casino in Larchwood, Iowa.

The foundation's board of directors unanimously approved the expenditures, which will be made in phases over the next few years. North Dakota's only CMN hospital, Sanford Children's in Fargo, will receive $100,000 to support the new Credit Unions for Kids Micropreemie Unit. Construction on this project, which has received additional financial commitments from most of North Dakota's credit unions, is expected to begin this summer.

The two CMN hospitals in South Dakota, Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls and Monument Health in Rapid City, will each receive $50,000. The Sioux Falls-based foundation will fund a pediatric oncology exam room to be named in honor of Charlie Murano, the son of Abby Murano and Joel Murano. Abby is a staff member at Dakotaland FCU in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Charlie was treated at the Sioux Falls hospital last year. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with cancer, but his memory will live on for years to come. The donation to Monument Health will be used for a specific purpose as part of the upcoming expansion and remodeling project.

“The Dakota Credit Union Foundation's mission is to support the financial well-being of all,” says April Tompkins, chair of the foundation's board of directors and CEO of Explorer's Credit Union (Yankton, SD). “There is no doubt that physical health plays an important role in financial well-being. Credit unions deeply understand the healthcare debt cycle and as an industry, we are committed to helping our members, our employees and our communities find a path to physical, mental and financial health. We are thrilled to make this major commitment to provide the best care at our regional CMN hospitals close to where we live,” she added.

“I am so proud of the Dakota Credit Union Foundation's commitment to the financial health and emotional well-being of our local families and communities,” said Jeff Olson, President/CEO of the Dakota Credit Union Association. “This donation will have a lasting impact.”

Back row, left to right: Jim Schaefbauer, Foundation Vice Chair, United Savings CU; Hillery Mork, Fargo Sanford Health Foundation; Tyler Gross, Foundation Treasurer, Sioux Valley Co-op FCU; Dorothy Voorhees, Foundation Director, Sentinel FCU; Lisa Snedeker, Foundation Director, Dakotaland FCU; Shannon Webster, Foundation Director, Town & Country CU; Melissa Gehl, CMN National Strategic Partnerships. Middle row: Ashton Siebrecht, Sioux Falls Sanford Health Foundation; Holly Steier, Foundation Director, Western Cooperative CU. Front row: April Tompkins, Foundation Board Chair, Explorers CU; Jeff Olson, Foundation Director, President/CEO Dakota Credit Union Association; Kylee Lemieux, Foundation Director, North Star Community CU; Bethany Olson, Sioux Falls Sanford Health Foundation.

About Dakota Credit Union Foundation

The Dakota Credit Foundation is the charitable arm of the Dakota Credit Union Association. The foundation's mission is to increase public awareness of credit unions throughout North and South Dakota by promoting financial well-being for all. The foundation supports financial education events and financial literacy classroom programs, provides scholarships for credit union professional development and certification programs, and supports local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. For more information, visit


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