The University of Minnesota has embarked on a campaign to set a new course for students, the state, and the world. Through Driven: The University of Minnesota  Campaign, we will join forces with our philanthropic partners and friends to raise $4 billion to strengthen Minnesota’s only  land-grant research university,  and fuel our quest to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

I am excited to kick off the Wellbeing for All campaign for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. The campaign comes at a time when we are poised to grow the Center in ways that will enable us to meet the increasing needs of those we serve. 

Throughout the past 23 years, the Center has become known for helping hospitals and healthcare systems offer more person-centered, holistic care that includes integrative therapies and healing practices. Thousands of University of Minnesota students take courses at the Center each year to enrich their personal and professional lives, and to prepare them for future roles that demand new ways of thinking. NIH-funded research at the Center is paving new ground for ways we can improve patient outcomes and the quality of their lives. And, the Center is well-known for bringing provocative and informative speakers to the campus and the community. Our consumer website, Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, reaches millions each year around the globe. The Center’s impact touches individuals, families, organizations, and communities within Minnesota and beyond. 

A hallmark of our success has been our capacity to innovate — whether in the classroom, laboratory, or community. The Center attracts brilliant scientists, scholars, faculty, and staff who are all dedicated to our mission of advancing wellbeing. 

Our Wellbeing for All campaign is focused on four imperative priorities:

As you learn more about our intentions in each of these areas, I hope you will become inspired, so that together, we may advance human flourishing and the work of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Founder and Director
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

The full case statement is also available for download.

Center Director Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer

Director MaryJo Kreitzer Headshot

Our Campaign Goals

12 million goal


To become philanthropically involved in the Center's Wellbeing for All campaign, please contact Dianne Lev, Director of Development, at or 612-624-1121