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The Gaia Home Timeline

January through March

  • Began individual conversations to share the Gaia Home vision, and garner support for legislation and potential campaign involvement.
  • Collaborated with Olson Effertz Lobbying & Consulting, the ND Hospice Organization, ND Department of Health, ND Department of Human Services, and ND Legislature to pass SB 2226. This legislation created the Residential End-of-Life facility licensure, the license Gaia Home will fall under.
  • Gaia Home engages with Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt (TWB), a nationwide firm that specializes in fundraising campaigns to help us make the most compelling case to our top prospective donors and to begin recruitment of the leadership we need to drive the campaign.
  • Initial Advisory Board Members Terry Rockstad, Chad Wachter, SuAnn Olson, RJ Pathroff, and Denise Dockter-Kambeitz assist with TWB’s internal assessment of Gaia Home.
  • Gaia Home is formally incorporated as a North Dakota non-profit.
Winter 2021

April through June

  • Governor Burgum signs SB 2226 into law.
  • Jeff Ubl, Ubl Design Group, offered to donate predesign services for Gaia Home. To guide design, and to understand needed amenities to ensure a culturally appropriate and beautiful final season of life can be had, we held seven different focus group conversations with individuals who experienced the end-of-life journey of a loved one, local hospice providers, out-of-state hospice providers who operate similar places, and those who represent the Indigenous population.
  • Gaia Home holds first board meeting with Chad Wachter, Julie Schwab, and Kristie Rants.
  • Gaia Home submits its application for 501c3 status.
Spring 2021

July through September

  • Began vetting potential site locations and initiated a study to understand the potential philanthropic support for Gaia Home’s vision.
  • Organized Operations Advisory Group comprised of Vern Dosch, Rosanne Schmidt, Jeff Essler, RJ Pathroff, and Julie Schwab, to assist in conversations with community partners and key stakeholders to refine Gaia Home project plans to ensure we fulfill the needs of the community.
  • Sent a request for proposal for investment services to financial institutions across the state to assist with Gaia Home’s future endowment to offset caregiving costs so we can help as many families as possible regardless of ability to pay.
  • Completed philanthropic study with board approval to begin preparation for a $12 million capital campaign.
Summer 2021

October through December

  • Continue conversations with community partners and key stakeholders.
  • Continue volunteer leadership recruitment for future Gaia Giving Campaign and began outlining 2022 plan for campaign related activities.
  • Began working with the ND Department of Health and the administrative rules committee for residential end-of-life facilities to draft rules for the newly created licensure.
  • Organized the Love, Sweat & Gears 2022 Team, and began training for Race Across America – the world’s toughest cycling event – to raise awareness for Gaia Home and its Gaia Giving Campaign.
  • Received the IRS determination letter approving Gaia Home as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, allowing donors to make tax deductible contributions, bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts.
  • Celebrate Gaia Home’s inaugural year!
Fall 2021

January through December

  • The Gaia Giving Campaign Committee members have inaugural meeting and the leadership phase of the campaign launches.
  • The Love, Sweat and Gears 2022 team, train for and plan to compete in Race Across America – the toughest cycling race in the world – in June 2022, in support of Gaia Home.
  • Working to secure Gaia Home’s potential site location.
  • Gaia Home establishes an endowment fund that qualifies for the ND 40% income tax credit to support the mission.
  • Gaia Home partners with Northwest Contracting to assist in its construction effort.

January through December

  • The public phase of the Gaia Giving Campaign potentially begins.
  • Potentially breaking ground on Gaia Home site location for construction to commence.

January through December

  • Gaia Home is anticipated to be operational and begins transforming end-of-life care, serving the people of Central and Western North Dakota.