Established in 2011


    To provide strength and support to persons, families, and organizations fighting addiction.


    In 2011, The Dan Baker Foundation was established in Dan's honor to spread awareness of addiction as a disease, and to provide support to those struggling and seeking treatment. Thanks to generous donations through the annual Dan Baker Memorial Golf Tournament, the foundation has donated to several sober homes, treatment centers and various county drug programs. Our work has only just begun.


    Join us in supporting those caught in the grip of addiction, and together we can work to bring solutions to this disease and shed light on healing programs in Minnesota.



    Thank you to all who supported and donated to the 2016 Golf Event.

    You helped us raised nearly $25,000!

    The 7th Annual Golf Event will be Friday, August 11, 2017


    Meet the team behind the Dan Baker Foundation

    Al Baker

    Executive Director, 


    Raising funds, awareness, and action to battle the epidemic of opiate addiction in the name of my late brother, Dan.

    We've currently raised over $200,000 and continue to donate to individuals and organizations addressing this problem.


    Olivia Baker

    Social Media Director, 


    Passionate about raising awareness towards the disease of addiction.

    In memory of brother, Dan: let's help change the world and bring support, hope and kindness to those suffering.


    Craig Holmgren

    Financial Advisor

    Working on getting Craig a LinkedIn profile. Standby.

    Craig has been an active member of the foundation from the very beginning.

    As a trusted family friend of the Bakers, he advises on the allocation of all donations.


    Maggie (Baker) Mertzig

    Former Executive Director

    Maggie successfully directed the foundation and golf tournament from 2013 to 2015. She helped raise nearly $120k in funds and organized the tournaments flawlessly. In her last year as director, she oversaw what would be the highest turnout in the five years since its establishment.

    Dave & Mary Baker

    Dan's Mom and Dad at the 2015 Golf Tournament

    The Dan Baker Foundation would not exist today if it were not for the unwavering efforts by Dave and Mary to getting help to those suffering from addiction. In the midst of their immense grief, the foundation was up and running just five months after Dan's funeral.


    Although their beloved son has passed, their commitment to supporting those in the midst of the disease grows stronger each day.



    Dan's Story

    It was well into his college career when Dan's addiction to prescription pain killers took a serious turn. At the age of 20, he was prescribed Vicodin to treat back pain stemming from a herniated disc; the abuse of the opiates would grow over time.

    In 2010, encouraged by his parents, Dan agreed to check into a rehab facility. After treatment he lived in a halfway home and remained sober for a few short months. After his relapse, he went back to treatment and remained there for a short time. Upon the night of his release, Dan and a fellow addict (whom he became friends with at the facility) went searching for pain killers. When they couldn't find any, they resorted to and successfully located heroin. After taking the drugs, they went to sleep and planned to return home before Dan's parents arrived, hoping they wouldn't suspect anything.

    Unfortunately, when his friend went to wake Dan that morning, he was unresponsive.

    Dan had just turned 25 years old. On March 9, 2011, the paramedics pronounced him dead.


    Dan grew up playing hockey and baseball, and enjoyed spending time with his high school friends. He was especially close with his sister and brother, Liv & Al. Throughout his addiction, Dan's parents, Dave & Mary, were his biggest supporters. Since Dan's loss, their passion to help others struggling with addiction has only grown stronger, and since his death have made a tremendous impact in awareness and support within the Willmar community and beyond.




















































    The Dan Baker Foundation partners with the Willmar Area Community Foundation and CommunityGiving to ensure your donations are kept safe and secure. To give online just click the button below, choose the Dan Baker Foundation Fund from the drop-down menu, and enter the contribution amount on their donor portal. Your tax receipt will be mailed to you from our partners.

    Thank you for supporting the mission of DBF!











  • Sponsorship

    Please contact Al Baker if you'd like to be a sponsor. 

    $500 Hole Sponsor

    - 2 dinner passes

    - Recognition on one hole on the course

    $1000 Silver Sponsor

    - 2 golf passes

    - 2 dinner passes

    - Recognition on two holes on the course

    $2500 Golf Sponsor

    - 4 golf passes

    - 4 dinner passes

    - Recognition across the course and website

    $5000+ Platinum Sponsor

    - 4 golf passes

    - 4 dinner passes

    - Recognition throughout the event on the course, during the banquet, and on the website

  • Watch as House Representative Dave Baker (MN-17B) presents the conference committee report on SF1440 changes to the Minnesota prescription monitoring program, and watch as it passes.

    May 22, 2016

  • The DBF Blog

    All things related to foundation happenings, articles in the news related to addiction and the opiate epidemic, and more. 

  • Did You Know?

    Opioid Statistics in America


    · Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare beneficiaries received an Opioid prescription in 2015.

    · The U.S. has less than 5% of the world population but consumes over 80% of the world’s Opioid supply.

    · 1 in 4 patients given an Opioid prescription goes on to chronic abuse.

    · 44 Americans die from a prescription painkiller overdose every day in America.

    · Low back pain is the #1 reason for Opioid treatment in this country.



    Submit a question to Al Baker below for any and all inquiries. 

    (Don't be shy; he likes getting emails.)

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  • Treatment Resources

    Project Turnabout

    Nestled amidst the natural beauty of prairie grasses and granite, Turnabout’s sprawling campus is the ideal setting for discovering the miracle of recovery.

    Woodland Centers

    A non-profit organization, Woodland Centers focuses its efforts on providing comprehensive mental health services to meet varied community needs.

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