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Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Receives Largest Single Gift Ever

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit system for substance use disorder treatment, mental health care, recovery resources, and related prevention and education services.

$8 million donation will help more families recover and feel better

CENTER CITY, MINNESOTA, USA, July 18, 2022 / — The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit system for treating substance use disorders, health care mental health, recovery resources and related prevention and education services, today announced that it has received $8 million – the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the Foundation – from the estate of Max E. and Joyce S. Wildman of Lake Bluff, Illinois.

“We are grateful to Max and Joyce Wildman for their generosity and foresight in making a planned gift through their estate, a gift that will allow us to bring healing and hope to many more families and communities affected by addiction and mental health issues,” said Joseph Lee, MD, president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

The giveaway comes amid record overdoses and a rise in alcohol-related deaths across the country, as well as escalating mental health issues as a result of the pandemic. It will support Hazelden Betty Ford’s care for individuals and the entire family while helping to advance the organization’s research, education, prevention and advocacy efforts.

“A donation like this from generous benefactors who plan ahead to make a difference exemplifies true dedication and commitment to the life-changing transformations that happen every day at Hazelden Betty Ford, and will help us to promote the recovery and well-being of all,” said Moira McGinley, Director of Development at Hazelden Betty Ford.

Want to learn more about how you can make a difference now or through your estate planning? Contact our development team at 1-888-535-9485 or [email protected]

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About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force for healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services across the country, as well as a network health care workers. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually improve care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization. , which also includes a graduate school of addiction studies, publishing division, addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, prevention resources in schools and a specialized program for children growing up in drug-dependent families. Learn more at and on Twitter.

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