Walker Methodist



The Walker Methodist Foundation was established in 1975 to ensure high quality programs and services are provided for our residents and patients.

The Walker Methodist Foundation provides a vibrant, donation platform for funds to be used to support our programs, services, capital needs for our residents and patients in all of our buildings. In addition, our staff is supported through the Foundation with training opportunities and a Pay It Forward Fund - an emergency assistance fund open to all employees. It is our hope to provide a lasting legacy for Walker Methodist for decades to come.

Walker Methodist Foundation 3737 Bryant Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55409



  • Provide music, arts, holistic programming for low income patients and residents;
  • Improve the quality of life for our patients and residents;
  • Minimize the negative impact of required medications;
  • Reduce anxiety and depression; and
  • Improve the overall health and wellness of our Residents and Patients.

Marilyn Peller Nelson

Executive Director, Walker Methodist Foundation

I am proud of what the Foundation – together with our partners and supporters -- accomplished during my first year. Not only did we significantly expand our housing community in Anoka, but we also hosted a fundraiser, PlazaFest, to raise funds for their new Fitness Center. It was also a banner year for our signature fundraising event, the Walker 5k10k. I am so proud of our team members and sponsors for raising $130,000 – a 12 year high. And that is just for starters!

I have laughed, cried, danced and mourned with residents and their families as they have celebrated love and loss. Our direct care team members continue to inspire me with their enduring dedication to the needs of our patients and residents. Together, we live our Mission daily - Life. And all the living that goes with it!

Moving forward, our focus is to raise funds for new, life-saving technologies for the Health Center, to develop and enhance team members’ skills with scholarship opportunities, and to provide much needed resources for the Pay It Forward program, our employee assistance fund. Because of you, these and additional initiatives are possible. With your support, we continue to provide excellent service and quality care for more than 2,400 patients and residents. For this, we say thank you.

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How Can you help?

Every day, donations are used to help provide rich and vibrant experiences for seniors. It may be a simple project such as supplies for art programs, a new dance floor, or providing Spanish television for a Resident. Or bigger projects such as a new community room or bus. Our goal, with your help, is to create even more opportunities for rich and full lives.

YOUR donation impacts lives

When you donate to the Walker Methodist Foundation, 100 percent of your dollars stay with our Residents, communities, programs, and employees. This fulfills our Vision of being the best place to live and work.

Foundation Events

Throughout the year, the Foundation hosts a variety of events to help build funds to support the services, programs, and communities of Walker Methodist.

Walker Methodist Foundation 5K/10K Run & Walk

Every June, we hold a 5k and 10k run & walk to raise money for programs and services for our more than 2,400 residents and patients. These programs and services are designed to improve the quality of life and health and wellness for the older adults living in our communities. Join the more than 500 participants ranging from 2 to 85 who are supporting this effort!

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