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Your gift gives a child a brighter future

It costs $850 a year to fund a Club member, yet we charge only $25. Your generous gift keeps the Club affordable and accessible to every child who needs a safe place to go after school and in the summer.

Yes! I want to sponsor a child:

  • $2,500  three children for a full year
  • $1,700  two children for a full year
  • $1,200 one child for 18 months
  • $850  one child for a full year
  • $425  one child for six months
  • $280 one child for four months
  • $140 one child for two months
  • Any gift gives a child a brighter future.
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Choose a giving option that works best for you.

Make a secure online gift or mail a check. Make your check payable to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area — BGCBA for short — and mail it to: BGCBA, P.O. Box 191, Bemidji, MN 56619.

For monthly gifts, make your gift online or complete the automatic payment form (PDF) and mail it to us.

To make a gift in honor or memory of someone online or by mail, please include a memo naming the person and where the gift acknowledgement should be sent, including the person’s name and mailing address.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Tax number: 81-0599601

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Other ways to give

  • Planned giving – Join our Heritage Club by including the Club in your will or estate plans to support a future generation of kids. Learn More
  • Individual gifts of $10,000 – Join the Jeremiah Milbank Society, which nationally recognizes individuals who invest $10,000 or more in a single year to support the Boys and Girls Club mission. Learn More
  • Leonore B. Potter Endowment – Created in honor of the Club’s first executive director for programs that foster health and life skills. Learn More
  • Wish list – You may have stuff that we can use. Wish list

Planned giving

group photo of the kids

Join our Heritage Club by making a planned gift to support a future generation of kids. A planned gift can reduce the overall tax burden of your estate while providing a lasting legacy for Bemidji area kids. Planned giving also allows you to fulfill your own philanthropic aspirations as part of your will or estate plan.

Together with your financial adviser or attorney, we can help you explore a planned gift that best meets your goals.

Planned gifts may take the form of:

  • Bequest
  • Beneficiary designation
  • Individual retirement account (IRA)
  • Charitable gift annuity (CGA)

Contact us to explore your options.

Heritage Club Members

Sharon Fruetel
Karl Mork
Mike and Becky Bergquist

Individual gifts of $10,000 or more

Join the Jeremiah Milbank Society, which nationally recognizes individuals who invest $10,000 or more in a single year to support their local Boys and Girls Club.

If you’re considering a substantial gift to improve the lives of kids, please contact us to learn more.

Jeremiah Milbank Society Members

Dick and Pam Nelson

Give while you shop

When you use the Amazon Smiles link here, Amazon will donate .5 percent of your purchase amount to the Club. So go ahead and shop. We appreciate your support.

Wish list

If you have something to share, drop it off at our office at 1600 Minnesota Avenue NW, just off 15th and Bemidji Avenue. We accept donations M-F from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., September through May, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., June -August.

child on computer

Education and technology

  • copy paper
  • pens and pencils
  • gift cards from
  • dry erase
  • scientific calculators, new or used
  • Empty plastic tomato/berry containers


  • tennis balls
  • soccer balls
  • volleyballs, full size for indoors
  • footballs, full size or youth size
  • basketballs, full size men’s or women’s, synthetic or rubber

Game room

  • ping pong paddles and balls
  • cribbage, new or old
  • chess
  • playing cards
  • fish food flakes
  • foosball table
  • elementary board games
  • connect four

Teen center

  • marshmallow roasting sticks
  • teen books
  • pool sticks
  • slushy machine
  • electric guitar to amp wire
  • aux cord
  • Xbox One
  • Wii games/accessories
  • Sketch books
  • Magazine subscriptions


  • construction paper
  • acrylic paint
  • plain white t-shirts
  • painting canvases, assorted sizes
  • tempura and fabric paint
  • markers
  • pencil sharpener, heavy duty or crank
  • sidewalk chalk
  • art canvas

Incentives and prizes

  • movie theater tickets
  • restaurant gift cards
  • kids toys

Health and life skills

  • first aid supplies
  • high capacity produce scale
  • cooking spices
  • nylon cooking knives
  • plastic cutting boards
  • stainless steel measuring cups


  • batteries, AA and AAA
  • gift cards to Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Target or Walmart
  • Maglight, flashlight C or D cell
  • Stamps
  • Reams of paper
  • Binder clips
  • Tape: Duct tape, clear tape, desk top tape
  • Gas cards
  • Hole puncher
  • Black thin tip Sharpie pens
  • Winter floor mats

Emergency kit (jumper cables/jump pack/kitty litter/hand warmers/first aid kit)

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