Kyle, inspired by his brother Casey and his friend Anton, opened Kyle Rudolph’s Endzone, a therapeutic patient care space for kids to laugh, heal, play, and simply be. In sponsoring the End Zone, Jason Zucker and his wife, Carly, formed strong ties with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and started Give 16.
Individuals and organizations donated whatever they could spare in forms of ‘16’. Thousands rallied to the cause, generating over $1.2 million for the hospital.
Rudolph and Zucker set out to raise money on a greater scale. That led them to Joel Kunza and Jon Walburg, founders of Athletes for MN Kids, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for pediatric patients at Masonic.
COVID-19 prevented our founders from reaching their fundraising goals for the year. All too familiar with the limitations and frustrations of traditional nonprofit fundraising like galas and golf tournaments, they knew they needed to change the system: find a better way to fundraise and build a collaborative movement behind it.