Our Mission is to raise funds for cutting-edge neuroscience research on addiction, harm reduction initiatives in the community, and high school scholarship for kids, who persevered and graduated in spite of struggle with personal issues or illness.

About Us

We created this Foundation to remember Chris Wivholm, whose life was short but affected many. He had the biggest heart and was full of life.


If you or someone you know is an addict please get help. You won’t ever “cure” your addiction, but getting help could save your life.


Thank you for supporting our Organization. We welcome your donations at any time. All contributions are tax deductible.

The Chris Wivholm Foundation is helping to ensure that fewer individuals lose their fight with addiction. We are raising money for a great cause. The funds are used to support University of Minnesota Medical Discovery Team—Strategy to Develop New Therapies for Opioid-Use Disorder. 

Using science, not willpower, to conquer a real life – and death – brain disease from Star Tribune on Vimeo.

The Chris Wivholm Foundation has rescheduled our events due to COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the calendar and our upcoming newsletter for the updates. Should you have any questions, please email us at info@chriswivholm.org. Stay safe and healthy!

MONDAY | AUGUST 30, 2021

Please join us for Golf and Dinner (or Dinner Only option) and silent auction on Monday, August 30, 2021 at the Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, MN. 18 holes shot gun will start at 12 noon and dinner and silent auction event will start at 5pm.Our featured speaker, Mark Thomas, PhD, director of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, a new collaborative research program to discover new treatment options for Opioid-Use Disorder.  Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, August 16, 2021!

Please consider donation if you are not able to make it. We are looking for sponsors.


We would like to congratulate the University of Minnesota Neuroscience Department and the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction in the Medical School headed by Professor Mark Thomas for receiving the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant in the amount of $9.9 million to establish the Center for Neural Circuits in Addiction. Read the Full Story


The Chris Wivholm Foundation is purchasing essential items that we will distribute to the treatment centers, clinics and to the most vulnerable.
Items in need include: hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, water and food items. If you are able, we ask you to donate online to help us to purchase these items. The items will be donated directly to Valhalla Place, Alliance Wellness Center, Adult and Teen Challenge, Minnesota Recovery Connection among many others. Thank you so much for your support!!


As a result of our 2nd annual breakfast event we donated $3,000 to the University of Minnesota Neuroscience Research – Medical Discovery Team on Addiction lead by Professor Mark Thomas. We are grateful to our supporters!


Thank you to all, who joined us at our breakfast event on January 25. It turned out to be a wonderful gathering, where participants were connected with each other in meaningful ways. Professor Mark Thomas was phenomenal as always and his presentation generated interesting discussion. We received positive feedback and, overall, the event was great success!


First NYC Fundraiser featuring Mark Thomas, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Scientific Director of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction at the University of Minnesota.

SATURDAY | MAY 18, 2019

As a result of our dinner, silent auction and fundraising events in May we were able to donate $7,000 to University of Minnesota Neuroscience Department Medical Discovery Team on Addiction. This was possible because of the donations received from our dinner and silent auction and fundraising events. The Medical Discovery Team on Addiction  examines how addictive drugs alter the brain and how these changes can lead to compulsive drug use.

THURSDAY | MAY 16, 2019

We are proud to present our first Chris Wivholm Memorial Scholarship to an Eden Prairie High School student on Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm at the Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center.


Chris Wivholm Foundation is co-sponsoring the following event: Medical Discovery Team on Addiction invites you to hear Maia Szalavitz, the author of bestseller “Unbroken Brain”.


We had our first fundraising breakfast event on January 19, and it was a big success thanks to all of you! Thank you for your support of The Chris Wivholm Foundation and it’s mission! We raised over $3,000, and made our first donation of $3,000 to University of Minnesota Neuroscience Department - Medical Discovery Team.

Next Steps...

If you cannot attend any of our events, please consider a  tax deductible donation. We are raising money for a great cause to support University of Minnesota Medical Discovery Team - Strategy to Develop New Therapies for Opioid-Use Disorder.