Ebenezer Foundation at Ebenezer Senior Living

Giving to Ebenezer Senior Living

The Ebenezer Foundation

Charitable contributions from supporters like you enhance the lives of more than 10,000 seniors every day.

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For more than 100 years, Ebenezer has provided the finest care to seniors including opening new doors -  the Care Center as a part of the Fairview Community Health and Wellness Hub – and new opportunitieYour donation to Ebenezer supports our mission to heal, discover, and educate for longer, healthier, more meaningful lives. We believe all seniors deserve an environment to grow and continue developing different skills. We are committed to providing a comprehensive continuum of care such as independent and assisted living and memory care. It is because of your investment that we continue to offer wide ranging, engaging programs for all residents in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. 

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Blossoming Together: Planting Seeds of Lifelong Learning and Love

At Ebenezer, we’re dedicated to celebrating our residents and their families. In a time full of new growth and excitement, we are planting seeds of lifelong learning and love.

Ebenezer translates from the Hebrew phrase “stone of help”, inspiring our mission to provide exceptional care to ensure we uphold the Ebenezer Promise. Each year,

Ebenezer serves our 10,000+ residents with our inspiring programs that plant seeds of lifelong learning and love in each of our residents’ lives.

Dignity, service, compassion, and innovation have inspired Ebenezer’s care for seniors for over a century. We celebrate the individual lives and passions of our seniors with a unique dedication to healing,

discovering, and educating for longer, healthier, and more meaningful lives through innovative programming and services.

Blossoming flowers, new growth, and the vibrancy of colors—join us to celebrate our mothers, fathers, family, and friends.

Your generosity today will help Ebenezer continue to grow and blossom, creating a lifetime of love and learning.


Etching Our Future In Stone

Join us for Ebenezer's annual reception, Etching Our Future in Stone.

Golden Valley Country Club

7001 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, M 55427

October 12, 2024      5:30pm - 9:30pm

For more than a century, Ebenezer has empowered older adults to lead healthier, more vibrant lives. Since our first facility opened in 1917, we have committed ourselves to providing

a unique standard of care and quality of experience to all our residents and their families.

Join us for an evening of festivities with our partners, donors, and community members to learn how we continue to empower older adults to lead healthier, more vibrant lives. Proceeds from the evening support

Ebenezer’s Lifelong Learning program that keeps the mind, body and spirit engaged – at any age – by actively pursuing knowledge and experience.

If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorship, please contact Melinda Plath at EbenezerGives@gmail.com or 612.746.4150.

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Why Give to Ebenezer

Ebenezer Senior Living's mission is to heal, discover, and educate for longer healthier, meaningful lives. As part of Fairview Health Services since 1995, our combined resources and expertise offer access to a full range of choices for seniors.

Ebenezer Senior Living's record of innovation will serve us well as we continue work to provide lifestyle choices and opportunities to improve the health of the communities we serve. From preventative health programs to new technologies that predict health status change, we seek to enhance quality of life, while reducing emergency room visits, hospitalizations and hospital readmissions. We also provide opportunities, including our Life Long Learning and spiritual care programs, which encourage seniors to engage their minds, bodies and spirits.

The Ebenezer Foundation serves as the liaison between Ebenezer Senior Living and our generous family of donors. We raise funds to support Ebenezer Senior Living programs and services. Our strong partnerships with donors allow us to improve and expand our services for residences, update and add new sites, provide vital community resources and invest in cutting edge innovation and state-of-the-art technology.

Residents find joy in programs made possible by generous donor contributions including painting, writing, gardening and woodworking. They discover talents within themselves and memories long forgotten. They find comfort and inspiration in the compassionate service of a chaplain.

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Senior planting herbs in a garden at a Ebenezer Senior Living community

About the Ebenezer Foundation

The beginning of Ebenezer Senior Living was Sr Caroline Unhjem, a retired Deaconess from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital and native-born Norwegian. She had for some time been concerned about the homeless in Minneapolis, and in 1915 she began to bring together a group of Norwegian Lutheran pastors and businessmen, who appointed her the first Matron of Ebenezer Senior Living. In May of 1917, 10 men – all poor, all aging, and all Norwegian born, walked through the front door of 3017 Portland Ave to be greeted by Sr Caroline and her help-mates.

She not only cared, though – she also gave financial support. After her second retirement, she went back home to Norway to live out her life, and in 1938, a check from her estate, in the amount of $1,218.33 made its way back to Ebenezer Senior Living. It was the beginning of our endowment to assure continued help for older folks who needed a place to go.

Today Ebenezer Senior Living is the largest senior organization in Minnesota, providing services for over 10,000 seniors.

The purpose of the Foundation, following Sr Caroline’s lead, is to provide financial support to help make life more meaningful and happy for these many seniors.

Ways to Give

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Want to learn more about what we are doing and how to join us in our mission to help enhance the lives of our residents and employees? 

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Need More Information?

For more information about the Ebenezer Foundation, call Brendan Bannigan, Director of Philanthropy, at 612-874-3451, or email Brendan.Bannigan@fairview.org

We would love to hear from you. Contact us if you would like to learn more about how your gift can bring joy and vibrancy to Ebenezer Senior Living residents.


Take the First Step in Your Next Journey

Ebenezer is Minnesota’s largest senior living operator with over 100 years of experience serving older adults. As part of Fairview Health Services, Ebenezer is dedicated to healing, discovering and educating for longer, healthier and meaningful lives. ​

Discrimination is Against the Law. We comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws. We do not discriminate against, exclude or treat people differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation.

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