The MinMinBear Foundation is a 501(c)3, private foundation founded by an Alport Syndrome patient and named to honor her mother, a kidney transplant recipient. 

Our Foundation educates about kidney disease, advocates for organ donation, and comforts the families that are impacted.

Each year, the Board of Directors determines various missions to set out on, with goals in mind to accomplish using our foundation mascots, The MinminBears.  These plush teddy bears may be used to help find individuals living organ donors, comfort sick children, or provide hope and healing for families affected by organ donation, educate school children, or even provide direct patient aide to those in need.

The Foundation partners with other non-profit organizations around the country, research and development firms, transplant centers, hospitals, children's camps, and more to maximize the positive impact we can all have. We thrive on the ability to donate our bears to those who are awaiting transplant or have received one, in hospitals across the country.

In 2020, we launched our first mission as a foundation, called the #minminbearchallenge.  This was intended to help an individual find a living kidney donor through an internet challenge, by sharing her story via fun photos of the bears living their best lives.  The challenge was a huge success and featured in places like Yahoo!, Thrive Global, Medium, on the Dr.s TV Show, Paradise Valley Magazine, Arizona Health, and Living Magazine, among many others.

Because of its huge success, we have expanded the challenge to spread #kidneydiseaseawareness for kidney patients everywhere. We are excited for the MinMinBears to tell patient stories across the country.  To find out more about our challenge and how you can be a part of it, visit the MinMinBear Challenge page.



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 Rachelle McCray, CEO. Photo: Diana Elizabeth Photography

Rachelle McCray

  • Bio

Rachelle is the

Founder + CEO

of the MinMinBear Foundation. 

Rachelle also serves on the

Board of Directors.

MinMinBears COO

Charles Driscoll

  • Charles Driscoll Bio

Charles is the

Co-Founder + Program Director

of the MinMinBear Foundation.

Charles also serves on the

Board of Directors.

MinMin Bears About Us

Douglas Johannson

  • BearBig

Douglas is the

Director of Operations for the MinMinBear Foundation.

Douglas also serves on the

Board of Directors.

* Get Involved *

We love Volunteers!

Opportunities to volunteer are open across the country including 

board positions for 2021. 

For more information, please fill out the form below.

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Amanda McCray

Amanda McCray

Amanda is our resident Tutu Connoisseur.  She designed the look of the tutus and each is handmade for our MinMinBears.  She also helps pack each bear in their box with care.  We couldn't do this without her!

Don McCray MinMinBears

Don McCray

Don is in charge of the Phoenix operations and oversees daily shipments for packing and sending boxes at our Arizona office.


Lillian Van De Walker

Lil is our second in command tutu maker.  She believes in great quality and attention to detail in each tutu she handmakes for the bears.