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Your gift gives a child a brighter future

It costs $1,460 a year to fund a Club member, yet we are able to provide affordable after-school and summer programs annually to more than 600 youth ages 6-18. 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  FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN: provide daily, nutritious snacks for 200 Club kids for three weeks
  • $1,000 GIVE A CHILD A PLACE TO PLAY: encourage kids to be physically active through fun fitness programs
  • $500  INSPIRE CREATIVITY: give our aspiring artists more studio time for art and music
  • $250  FUEL CURIOSITY: build confidence and career-building skills through hands-on STEM activities
  • $150  BE A BEACON FOR TEENS: connect teens with caring staff, a healthy meal and a fun, safe place
  • 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 & 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

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

Mike and Becky Bergquist
Steve and Sue Engel
Sharon Fruetel
Betty Masoner
Karl Mork
James and Diane Wahl

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 & 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

Welcome to our Club Amazon Wish List! If you are willing and able to help our Club out, click on this BGCBA Wish List for some great suggestions.

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.

Education and technology

  • Scientific Calculators (New or Used)
  • Game Informer Magazines
  • Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazines
  • National Geographic Magazines
  • Dork Diaries Books


  • Official Size Hockey Goal

Game room

  • Connect Four
  • New board games for 6-18 year old

Teen center

  • Slushy Machine
  • Wii Games/Accessories
  • Xbox One Games/Accessories


  • Sketch Books
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Painting Canvas (Any Size)

Incentives and prizes 

“*” Indicates Available at Dollar Store

  • Movie Theater Pass
  • POP Action Figures
  • Pokemon or Yugioh Cards
  • Bean Bag Chair
  • LOL Dolls
  • Silly String *
  • Glow Sticks*
  • Earbuds/Headphones *
  • Book Lights*
  • Packs of Gum*
  • Phone Chargers (iPhone/Android)*s

Health and life skills

  • High Capacity Produce Scale
  • Cooking Spices
  • Commercial Grade Food Processor
  • Nylon Cooking Knives
  • Plastic Cutting Boards
  • Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
  • Empty Plastic Tomato/Berry Containers


  • Batteries (AAA)
  • Stamps
  • Reams of Paper
  • Cardstock Paper
  • Tape (any kind is helpful)
  • Heavy Duty Stapler
  • Sharpies (any kind is helpful)
  • Emergency kit (jumper cables/jump pack/kitty litter/hand warmers/first aid kit)

Gift Cards 

  • Ace Hardware
  • Home Depot
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Local Fast-food/Restaurants
  • Dollar store
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