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The Gaia Home Timeline


  • Began establishing a solid organizational structure by recruiting a great team of community leaders who are all knowledgeable in their respected areas of expertise to serve on our Board of Directors, Operations Advisory Group, and Campaign Committee.
  • Began collaborating with hospice providers regarding current and future end-of-life care needs.
  • Worked to pass legislation during the ND 2021 legislative session that created the Residential End-of-Life Facilities licensure and began a conversation about end-of-life care in our state. Governor Burgum signed SB2226 into law.
  • Gaia Home is formally incorporated as ND Non-Profit and receives 501c3 tax-exempt public charity status.
  • Finalized a philanthropic study and board approved preparation for $12 million campaign.
  • Organized the Love, Sweat & Gears 2022 Cycling Team, and began training for Race Across America – the world’s toughest cycling event – to raise awareness for Gaia Home and its Gaia Home Campaign.


  • Collaborated with hospice providers regarding current and future needs.
  • The Gaia Home Campaign Committee members have inaugural meeting and the leadership phase of the campaign launches.
  • The Love, Sweat and Gears 2022 team made history as the first team from North Dakota to compete in the 40-year-old Race Across America – the world’s toughest bike race beginning in Oceanside, CA and ending in Annapolis, MD – all with the purpose of raising awareness and funds for Gaia Home.
  • Began identifying potential site locations for Gaia Home’s future home and partnered with Northwest Contracting to assist in its construction effort.
  • Gaia Home establishes an endowment fund that qualifies for the ND 40% income tax credit to support its mission now and into the future.
  • Continued work with the ND Health and Human Services’ stakeholder group to draft proposed administrative rules for the licensure of Residential End-of-Life Facilities.
  • Finishes the year with just over $4 million in pledge commitments to bring the Gaia Home vision to reality.


  • Gaia Home served on a stakeholder group comprised of ND Health and Human Services team members and hospice providers from across the state, and collaboratively worked together to finalize the administrative rules for the residential end-of-life facilities licensure. The rules went into effect as of April 1, 2023.
  • Gaia Home finalized its site selection and revealed its future location to its Leadership Team.
  • Began conversations with local financial institutions through a RFP process for financing to acquire land. We conducted business plan presentations for 12 financial institutions, received multiple proposals for financing, and obtained indications of future partnerships for construction and build financing.  
  • We continued to collaborate with hospice providers on current and future end-of-life care needs.
  • Submitted a grant application to The Tom & Frances Leach Foundation and was awarded a $250,000 grant, which is one of the largest grants in its 2023 grant cycle.
  • Finished the year with just over $6.65 million in pledges and commitments to bring the Gaia Home vision to reality.


  • Gaia Home to reveal the land location.
  • Gaia Home to continue to collaborate with hospice providers.
  • Continue to raise funds for building, operations, and its endowment fund so a beautiful facility dedicated to end-of-life care can be established for central and western North Dakota.
  • Gaia Home breaks ground, commences construction, and public phase of the Gaia Home Campaign begins.


  • Gaia Home is operational and begins transforming end-of-life care, serving the people of central and western North Dakota.