Capital Campaign – Building Hope

Capital Campaign for the Bismarck Cancer Center

 The demand for cancer treatment is growing and is project to increase even more. The Bismarck Cancer Center is currently unable to accomodate this growth without action. This need has sparked a new initiative for the Cancer Center to expand space and invest in necessary medical equipment. 

The estimated cost of this initative is $16M. The Center will cover most of the cost through past savings and investments, leaving the remaining $6M. We are inviting individual donors, local businesses and foundations to join us in our mission to fight cancer. 


To our goal

Capital Campaign Donor Spotlight

Schaaf Donates $100,000 to the Capital Campaign

In January 2021, long-time Dakota Community Bank employee, Cindy Schaaf, stepped forward with an enormous gift for the Bismarck Cancer Center’s Capital Campaign. The Cancer Center has identified the expansion as a much-needed space with a second floor construction and a new treatment machine as the next critical need for the region.

With the goal of raising an additional $2 million, a celebratory goal of $4 million, the philanthropic support that would be required to make the project happen was a stretch. But, with the support of individuals like Schaaf, that dream is becoming a reality. “It’s a way for me to help others who need help,” says Schaaf. “I know the Bismarck Cancer Center always has the patients in their best interest, and that makes me comfortable knowing the donation is being used for what’s important to the cancer community.”

Schaaf feels that cancer is an insidious disease that inflicts damage on individuals along with their families.  She knows that her financial support of $100,000 would make a difference not only to the Bismarck community but the region. “Having state-of-the-art equipment and extra space will help the Bismarck Cancer Center treat more patients, it will better the patients quality of life, and save more lives,” she says. “The Bismarck Cancer Center has helped so many people that may not have been able to receive help.  Anytime a community can have a facility like this, it helps everyone come together.” 

Schaaf’s name will be placed on the new REACH Counseling Room (Resources, Educate, Advocacy, Care, and Hope) when the renovation is complete.


For a full listing of Healing Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign donors, please visit the Campaign Donors link,

A Letter From the Director

Dear Friends of the Bismarck Cancer Center,

Since 1999, we have served the community of Bismarck and surrounding areas through the generosity of our many benefactors. This support has allowed us to serve thousands of patients and their families by providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment and wrap-around service. Unfortunately, the demand for cancer treatment is growing and is project to grow even more. We are unable to accommodate this growth without action. 

Our Board of Trustees, comprised of representatives from both Sanford Health Bismarck and CHI St. Alexius Health, along with Cancer Center leadership, have developed a plan to address the growing demands of our services in the local community. We are excited to begin a new initiative for the Cancer Center to include the construction of a second floor, the renovation of the first floor, and the addition of necessary medical equipment.

The estimated cost of this immediate initiative is $14 million. The Center will cover most of the cost through past savings and investments, leaving the remaining $4 mission. In addition to our current goal, a need to soon replace our existing treatment machines will raise our overall goal to $16 million with $6 million to fund. Therefore, we have officially launched the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign. We are inviting individual donors, local businesses, and foundations to join us in our mission to fight cancer.

With the generous support of our local community, I am confident we will reach our goals.

With Gratitude,

Amy, Executive Director

“I just want to thank each of you in advance for supporting this campaign with your contribution. With your commitment to this campaign, you can ensure that the Bismarck Cancer Center will continue to grow and serve this community in the years ahead.”

Dr. Robert Reynolds

Medical Director/Radiation Oncologist, BCC

Capital Campaign Media

     Outside view

     Treatment Room

     Meeting Room

Planning Study Results

Project Goals

The finished project will:

Provided much-needed space through the construction of a second floor and renovation of the first floor, including:

  • Three new exam rooms
  • One special procedure room
  • Expanded massage therapy room
  • Expanded conference room for education and support groups
  • Two family counseling rooms
  • Onsite cancer registry
  • Dedicated HRD (High Dose Rate Brachytherapy) Suite
  • Expanded patient registration space

The project will add medical equipment, including:

  • A third linear accelerator (treatment machine)
  • A second CT scanner for additional specialized treatment


View our Campaign Video

Observations of feasibility study
  • Participants feel the demand is strong and the Center needs to move forward with this initiative to help more people.
  • Based on the work the Center does for the community, and the staff, the respondents favorably support the BCC expansion.
  • Respondents do indicate a concern for COVID-19 and the subsequent economic effect. However, interview respondents do not believe it will prevent the Cancer Center from having a successful campaign.
  • The mission of the Center and the need for the initiative to best serve patients and their families will contribute to the success of this project.
  • Click here for a report summary. 
Fundraising Goals

Since 2007, new patients at the Bismarck Cancer Center have increased by 70%.

New Bismarck Cancer Center patients are expected to increase an extra 30% by 2030.

The Board of Trustees, comprised of leaders from CHI St. Alexius Health and Sanford Health, along with Cancer Center leadership have determined an expansion is necessary. Because of foresight and past savings from leadership, the Bismarck Cancer Center has already saved $10 million for this project.

The goal of the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign is to raise an additional $4 million to bring the total cost of the project to $14 million.

A Triumph Goal of an additional $2 million will help with the future replacement of aging medical equipment.

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Contact Us

We are excited to share the Bismarck Cancer Center’s story with the community. Please contact Dana for more information or details on the Capital Campaign. 

Dana Hager, Committee Member
500 N 8th Street | Bismarck ND 58501
Phone: 701-222-6145

Capital Campaign Committee
Volunteer Name Role
Amy Gross Chair
Sara Kelsch Chair
Mayor Steve Bakken Honorary Chair
Renee Daffinrud General Chair
John Evanson General Chair
David Wald General Chair
Loren Balkowitsch Committee Member
Wayne Beutler Committee Member
Mike Bormann Committee Member
Deb Colton Committee Member
Andrea Doerr-Greff Committee Member
Lolly Dutton Committee Member
Dale Ely Committee Member
Dana Hager Committee Member
Duey Johnson Committee Member
Andrea Kilzer Committee Member
Melissa Klein Committee Member
Dr. Cole Kreofsky Committee Member
Patty Mathisen Committee Member
Paul Morth Committee Member
Dr. Robert Reynolds Committee Member
Tara Schilke Committee Member
Holly Steier Committee Member
Paul Stubbs Committee Member
Angie Svihovec Committee Member
Tina Wetzel Committee Member
Jill Wiese Committee Member
Linn Zander Committee Member
Steier Group Development Counsel