A Program of the Medtronic Foundation

Applications for the
2017 Award are open.

Applications close on July 31, 2017.

Meet the 2016 Bakken Invitation Honorees

The Bakken Invitation Award recognizes outstanding contributions of service, volunteerism, and leadership. Each year, selected Honorees are invited to nominate a charity of their choice for a $20,000 grant from Medtronic Foundation.

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Jennifer Jones

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TELL US HOW YOU LIVE ON, GIVE ON
WITH HELP OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Jennifer Jones

Share your story with us, and show the world how you are making a difference. For every story, the Medtronic Foundation will donate $10 to Project HOPE.

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Earl Bakken

Earl Watch how others have used their “extra-life”»

The Inspiration

Earl Bakken’s Legacy of Giving

“What Are You Doing With Your Extra Life?”

Earl Bakken co-founded Medtronic, Inc. in 1949, helping countless people Live Onthrough medical technology, including himself. But outside of Earl's work with Medtronic lies a lifetime of philanthropy and involvement within education, healthcare and community.

Earl often asked patients what they planned to do with their gift of extra life. His question is the inspiration behind this extraordinary program, and now he invites you to share your stories as a way to inspire other medical devices recipients to Give Onwith their extra life.

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Video Library

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Check out how others have used their "extra" lives.

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