Established in 2011


    To provide strength and support to persons, families, and organizations fighting addiction.


    In 2011, The Dan Baker Foundation was established in Dan's honor to spread awareness of addiction as a disease, and to provide support to those struggling and seeking treatment. Thanks to generous donations through the annual Dan Baker Memorial Golf Tournament, the foundation has donated to several sober homes, treatment centers and various county drug programs. Our work has only just begun.


    Join us in supporting those caught in the grip of addiction, and together we can work to bring solutions to this disease and shed light on healing programs in Minnesota.


  • To our friends and supporters of the Dan Baker Foundation, this video

    was shared at the DBF tourney in 2017.


    We made the following donations in 2018:

    The Fortress: $5,000

    Used for ongoing programming and support
    for a men’s sober home in Willmar.

    Kandiyohi / Koochiching / Aitkin County Drug Court: $12,000

    This helps court participants to gain stable housing, transportation support, and discretionary support as the court steering committee sees fit.

    Sowing Seeds Recovery Home: $2,500

    Supports a men's sober home in Aitkin, MN

    Kandiyohi Drug Free Coalition: $500

    Supports the work of local town hall meetings with opioid presentations in Willmar and New London. Co-sponsored with County Drug Free Coalition

    Project Turnabout: 5,000

    Treatment center that supports rural MN for men and women in recovery. Supports all programming with residential and out-patient programs.

    Total donations in 2018: $25,000


    Thank you for your support!

    The Bakers

  • Golf Tournament 2019 Update

    To our wonderful family and friends,


    We're so proud of the work our community has provided our foundation over the past eight years, and we will continue finding ways to partner with donors and to help individuals and families fighting with addiction.

    This year, after much contemplation and some tough decisions, we've decided to suspend the 2019 golf tournament. The event is entirely family-run and we've found ourselves in a place where there's not enough bandwidth between us to take on the tournament and make it as successful as it can be.


    We're looking to broaden ways of reaching out to the community and helping those struggling with and impacted by addiction. We'd love any suggestions or thoughts you have! If you so choose to donate on our website, 100% of our proceeds always have and always will go towards helping those in need.


    We thank you for your ongoing support and hope to announce another event in the near future!


    The Dan Baker Foundation partners with the Willmar Area Community Foundation and CommunityGiving to ensure your donations are kept safe and secure. To give online just click the button below, choose the Dan Baker Foundation Fund from the drop-down menu, and enter the contribution amount on their donor portal. Your tax receipt will be mailed to you from our partners.

    Thank you for supporting our mission.












    Meet the team behind the Dan Baker Foundation

    Al Baker

    Executive Director

    Olivia Baker

    Director of Content

    Craig Holmgren

    Financial Advisor

    Kurt's Dad.

    Dave & Mary Baker

    Dan's Mom and Dad


    Dan's Story

    It was well into his college career when Dan's addiction to prescription pain killers took a serious turn. At the age of 20, he was prescribed Vicodin to treat back pain stemming from a herniated disc; the abuse of the opiates grew over time.

    In 2010, Dan agreed to check into a rehab facility. After treatment, he lived in a halfway home and remained sober for a few months. After his relapse, he went back to treatment and remained there for a short time.

    Upon the night of his release, Dan and a fellow addict (whom he became friends with at the facility) went searching for pain killers. When they couldn't find any, they resorted to and located heroin. After taking the drugs, they went to sleep and planned to return home before Dan's parents arrived, hoping they wouldn't suspect anything.


    When his friend went to wake Dan that morning, he was unresponsive.


    Dan had just turned 25 years old. On March 9, 2011, the paramedics pronounced him dead.


















































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  • Did You Know?

    Opioid Statistics in America


    · Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare beneficiaries received an Opioid prescription in 2015.

    · The U.S. has less than 5% of the world population but consumes over 80% of the world’s Opioid supply.

    · 1 in 4 patients given an Opioid prescription goes on to chronic abuse.

    · 44 Americans die from a prescription painkiller overdose every day in America.

    · Low back pain is the #1 reason for Opioid treatment in this country.



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