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 will be used to support University of Minnesota Medical Discovery Team—Strategy to Develop New Therapies for Opioid-Use Disorder. 

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 17, 2020

Please join us for Golf and Dinner (or Dinner Only option) and silent auction on Monday, August 17, 2020 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.
We are looking for sponsors.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, August 1, 2020.


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!

Saturday | January 25, 2020

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!

Sunday | November 17, 2019

Are you looking for Holiday gifts or other special occasions? Do you like to cook and share this fun with your kids? Please join us at this event to raise money for Neuroscience Research, Community Service, Harm Reduction and High School Scholarship. This is online event that anyone can participate by using the link below.

Thursday | November 7, 2019

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.

Registration is extended to Monday, October 21, 2019. 

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.

Wednesday | May 8, 2019

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”.

May 7 - June 5, 2019

You are invited to participate in our Pampered Chef Fundraiser by placing on order through Thursday June 6th to benefit the Chris Wivholm Foundation – Funding Research and Support for the Disease of Addiction.

Saturday | March 30, 2019

Mark the date! If you eat at Red’s Savoy Pizza on the 30th of every month and mention Chris Wivholm Foundation 20% of what you spend will be donated to the Foundation and it’s noble cause.

Wednesday | March 13, 2019

ENROLL NOW! Constant Craving: Of Neuroscience and Addiction. In conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, LearningLife has joined forces with the University’s Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry to highlight the most current neuroscientific research on addiction.

Saturday| March 2, 2019

We are excited to let you know that the foundation received an $800 cash donation  from The Pampered Chef company and Julie Dent. Julie was our Independent Kitchen Consultant, who presented the demonstration and assisted with the fundraiser event.

Saturday | January 19, 2019

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.

Saturday | October 13, 2018

We had our first successful fundraising event in Eden Prairie, MN and raised $600!


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!!

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.