About Us


About Us

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation was founded on the principles of responding in a just manner to basic human needs. The foundation is the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis who arrived in Minot in 1914. Their mission of caring for an individual as a whole still resonates today through St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation. The mission of SJCHF is to promote healthy and sustainable communities by providing financial gifts, strengthening collaborative relationships and supporting local initiatives that impact the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of residents in the counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward and Wells. The Foundation also serves as a resource and catalyst to promote and stimulate voluntary financial support especially in the building of endowments that will address the long-term needs of communities in North Dakota.

Recent News

More than $400,000.00 will be gifted to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:30 am at the Grand Hotel.  This brings our total gifts distributed to 6.8 million dollars. The luncheon is open to the public and provides an opportunity to hear about programs and projects that address the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional needs being addressed in our region.  You can purchase a ticket by calling the office at 701-837-1726, emailing sjchf@minot.com or using the PayPal tab on our website.  Visit our Face book page and Like it to receive updates on projects through out the year.

Please join us as we continue to celebrate the organizations and people who work tirelessly in our region to secure a better quality of life by serving the needs of people in their communities.

“No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else”    –Charles Dickens

Board of Directors

  • Alan VanDelinder, Chairman – Minot
  • Diane Lautt, Vice-Chair – Minot
  • Mark Jantzer, Treasurer – Minot
  • Teri Hurly, MD, Secretary – Minot
  • Marisa Albertson, MD – Minot
  • Melissa Burud – Kenmare
  • Jill Denning Gackle – Garrison
  • Margo Helgerson – Westhope
  • JoAnn Linrud – Minot
  • Jan Ness – Minot
  • Tracey Mays, DM, CDFM – Minot


  • Shelly C. Weppler, President – Minot
  • Janie Myers, Assistant – Minot

NOTE: Board members do not accept solicitations for grant funds. Please contact the Foundation office.