BAKKEN INVITATION AWARD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Honoring those who Live On. Give On. Dream On.

THE INVITATION — WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR “EXTRA LIFE”?

The Bakken Invitation Award recognizes and connects people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges, earned “extra life,” and used that time to make a difference in communities worldwide. The Award Honorees demonstrate again and again that access to quality healthcare can empower patients to not only manage their health but also improve the lives of others.


PROGRAM GOALS

Medtronic Foundation started the Bakken Invitation Program in 2013 to leverage the voices and the charitable initiatives of patients who:

  • Live On: Manage their own health condition and live a full extra life while inspiring other patients to do the same.
  • Give On: Use their personal time and talent to “give on” through volunteerism to make a positive impact in communities.
  • Dream On: Inspire other patients to follow their commitments and passions to contribute to building better communities through voluntary efforts.

THE AWARD — FOSTERING A GLOBAL PHILANTHROPIC MOVEMENT

Each year, Medtronic Foundation selects a new group of Bakken Invitation Award Honorees. The Honorees are invited to convene in Hawaii to:

  • Meet Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken
  • Engage in community service projects
  • Participate in workshops, where they learn how to inspire and mobilize others to Live On, Give On, and Dream On.

Honorees are also invited to select a charity to receive a grant from the Medtronic Foundation.

Since the inception of the Bakken Program, Medtronic Foundation is proud to have:

  • Recognized 47 Honorees
  • Disbursed $USD 940,000 to nonprofit organizations selected by the Bakken Invitation Honorees
  • Helped Honorees share their stories and inspire others around the world
  • Donated nearly $10,000 to Project Hope, a nonprofit that delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to respond to disaster, prevent disease, promote wellness, and save lives around the globe

Recent Honorees have used their “extra life” to serve others by:

  • Raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease treatment options in China
  • Reducing obesity rates in Spain
  • Advocating workforce rights for cancer patients and their families in Italy
  • Helping to close the childhood education achievement gap in Minnesota (USA)

THE INSPIRATION

Earl Bakken

Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken benefitted from medical technology — a pacemaker, insulin pump, and heart stents gave him 10+ years of extra life, which he used to give back to society and his community. In 2013, inspired by his own experience, Earl invited others to do the same.

Earl knows the gift of extra life is powerful. And while people choose how to use their extra life, it is his enduring hope they consider giving back — in big or small ways.