Our Mission

To bring life and learning opportunities to Edina Public Schools students who are economically disadvantaged.

As a mission-aligned partner with Edina Public Schools, we are uniquely positioned to unlock  opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics for students who have financial need.

2017.18 GO report

What’s Happening

August 2019- Edina Give and Go named one of two Edina Federated Women’s Club community grant recipients. Join this fall’s Feds Fest to help support students to GO get involved in our community. Learn more at edinafeds.org/feds-fest-2019

May 2019 – Edina Give and Go receives 2019 Mayor’s Commendation for Service Organization. An award given to an organization who has made outstanding contributions to the community at large.  https://www.edinamn.gov/1044/Mayors-Commendations 

April 2019 – Edina Noon Rotary supports Edina Give and Go for the third year in a row. This partnership focuses on music instrument fees for students across all nine Edina Public Schools.

April 2019 – Edina Morningside Rotary supports Edina Give and Go along with eleven other community organizations.

July 2018 – Edina Give and Go named ‘Best Community Organizer’ in Edina Magazine’s Best of Edina 2018. https://edinamag.com/best-edina-2018

Sept. 2017 – Edina Give and Go is featured in Edina Magazine http://edinamag.com/edina-charity-give-and-go-assists-educational-and-extra-curricular-programs

How To Help

Here at Edina Give and Go, we are focused on unlocking opportunities for students, from academics to the arts to athletics. We are a mission-aligned partner of Edina Public Schools, uniquely positioned to remove financial barriers to participation for students.


The Team

Maggie McCracken

Executive Director

Maggie McCracken is passionate about propelling mission-minded organizations. Maggie brings a broad toolbox of expertise to help turn non-profit ambitions into action. A previous Target Marketing leader, she worked for over a decade on strategic planning efforts across all of Target’s business units. Originally from Indianapolis, Maggie graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Journalism. Maggie, and her husband Rich, have two girls and live in the Edina community. Maggie joined Edina Give and Go in November of 2017.

Julie Swoap

Communications And Program Assistant

Julie Swoap has been an active volunteer in Edina Public Schools for the last 16 years serving in many capacities including PTO Co-President at Normandale Elementary School and Parent Volunteer Coordinator for Valley View Middle School Theater. She is the proud mother of 3 girls who have all attended Edina Public Schools (two have moved on to college and the other is at the high school). Julie enjoys working for Edina Give and Go behind the scenes to help all Edina students participate in the life and learning opportunities the district offers.

Sarina Khariwala

Operations Coordinator

Sarina obtained her MBA from Cleveland State University. Sarina brings experience in the integration of Accounting and Information Systems to the Edina Give and Go team. She is passionate about helping those in need and has volunteered with various organizations in the Twin Cities. In addition, she is an active volunteer in multiple capacities within the Edina School system, as well as with the Parent Communication Network (PCN). She is a highly engaged mom to three children.

The Board

Cathy Cella

Board Co- Chair

Cathy provides the Edina Give and Go Board a unique level of experience with Edina Public Schools. Cathy served on the Edina School Board for 8 years and has been actively involved in school district activities for over 25 years. In addition to her work with Give and Go, she works with 4th grade math students at Cornelia, helps coach the Valley View Mock Trial team and works with students at the high school through the Access program. In March 2016 Cathy was recognized by the Edina Community Foundation and Connecting with Kids as a recipient of a Community Leadership Award for her volunteer work with Edina youth. Cathy is the mother of 4 grown children who all attended Edina public schools and lives in Edina with her husband, John Ellingboe.

Ann Schulze

Board Co- Chair

Ann Schulze is an active volunteer in the community and is honored to be a part of Edina Give and Go. She has been active in the STRIVE (Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) and Access programs at Edina High School over the last four years and was a founder and former Board Chair of the Jabbok Foundation in Minneapolis. In February 2013, Ann was recognized by the Edina Community Foundation and Connecting with Kids as a recipient of a Community Leadership Award for her volunteer work with Edina youth. She also served as a member of the District Equity Advisory Committee. Ann has 3 daughters who graduated from Edina High School. Ann is hoping to bring equitable experiences to all Edina School students. She currently lives in Edina with her husband, Mark.

Julie Baker

Julie serves on the Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) Board of Directors, chairing its Community Impact Committee and sitting on its Executive Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for Way to Grow, an agency that works to ensure that young children in Minneapolis’ most isolated families are healthy and ready for school. She also serves as an Access volunteer at Edina High School. “Edina has been a wonderful place for our children to grow up. But as a volunteer in the schools, I have seen the difficulties children from low-income families face as they try to take advantage of the opportunities Edina and our schools have to offer. Fees, transportation, and access to technology can be real barriers. Edina Give and Go makes it easy for each of us to reach out and help these children in small but meaningful ways. I am excited to be part of an organization that is pioneering a new way for Edina to help all its children succeed.” Julie is married with three grown children, all of whom attended Edina schools.

S. Michael Briggs

Michael Briggs believes that impactful education is the foundation and driver of a strong society; and as such, every child is entitled to an educational experience that brings out the best in them. Michael volunteers his time tutoring math and occasionally working as the Thanksgiving Day cameraman at Sharing and Caring Hands, located in Minneapolis. With a background in economics and mathematics, he has pursued a career in corporate finance within the healthcare industry, working to make the healthcare system work better for everyone.

K.C. Danzansky

K.C. first became involved with Edina Give and Go when her children entered the world of travel sports and she was struck with the fact that many families could not afford to participate. She loves that Edina Give and Go helps level the playing field for all children in our community. Originally from Washington, D.C., K.C. graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in English, and has worked at General Mills for over 20 years. She and her husband Scott are parents to two boys, Drew and Benji, who are proud students in the Edina Public School system.

Afira Hasan

Afira has lived in Edina with her husband and two children for 5 years and has been involved with the community in many ways. She has served as president and treasurer of the Creek Valley PTO, was a liaison for the gifted District Advisory Council, and is currently on the board for the Edina Ed Fund. She values education and believes that everyone should have the ability to succeed, regardless of their background. She earned her Optometry degree from University of Houston.

Chris Holden

Chris Holden is the Principal at Normandale Elementary French Immersion School in Edina. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota. Prior to serving as the Principal at Normandale, Chris was principal at Cornelia Elementary in Edina, and at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School and The Technology and Language Campus in Robbinsdale, MN. His teaching experience includes teaching grades one, four and five at Normandale as well as working with the Extended French program as Dean of Students at Valley View Middle School. Chris has extensive global educational experiences as well, having studied and worked in France for several years and taught at the American School of Asuncion in Paraguay. Chris and his wife Kelly have three teenagers at St. Louis Park High School.

Kathleen MacLennan

Kathleen’s motivation for volunteering at Edina Give and Go is based on many years of involvement with the STRIVE and Access programs at Edina High School. She observed a significant population of student son the sidelines, unable to participate in the academics, arts and athletic enriching experiences. She also serves as a board member or trustee for Trinity College; Hartford, Connecticut, College Possible Twin Cities,; Twin Cities Rise and Minneapolis Foundation, Donor Advised Fund Advisory Committee. Kathleen has been honored by the Edina Community Foundation and Connecting with Kids with a Community Leadership Award for her volunteer work with Edina Youth. She obtained her B.A. from Amherst College and her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

Mary Manderfeld

Ex Officio

Mary is the Director of Equity and Enrollment for Edina Public Schools. As such, she oversees the District Achievement and Integration Plan, is the district AVID director, and oversees the Title I and II programs and budget. She has been working for the district since 1987, and has held many positions during her tenure including Physical Education Teacher, Assistant Principal of Edina High School, and various positions in district administration. Mary holds her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Coaching from the University of Minnesota. She received her master’s in Athletic Administration from St. Thomas College, and her Educational Specialist Elementary and Secondary Principal Licensure from the University of St. Thomas. Mary is the proud mother of two girls, one who has graduated and one still attending Edina Public Schools. Mary’s contribution to the Edina Give and Go Board is critical as she is the primary liaison to the Edina Public School District, helping to ensure collaboration and alignment between both organizations.

Jane Oberrender


Jane is active community volunteer who currently volunteers as a mentor in the EHS Access Program and loves working with students on post-secondary planning. Prior to Edina Give and Go, Jane served as an advisor and consultant to a variety of not-for-profit organizations, advising these organization on their strategic vision and mission, organization design and fundraising strategies. Jane is interested in assisting organizations whose missions focus on serving under-resourced youth and families in the community. In addition to her work with Give and Go, Jane currently co-chairs the Middlebury College Parents Committee and is a participant in the President’s Leadership Summit. Jane graduated from Georgetown University and remains active with Georgetown as an alumni interviewer. She and her husband have three grown sons and reside in Edina.

Oscar O’Brien

Oscar O’Brien is a senior at Edina High School. He got involved with Edina Give and Go during summer of 2017 while talking with a staff member of the Edina Community Center. Their message is very important to him because it helps ensure kids have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, which have enriched his experience in the Edina school system. Moreover, the organization’s commitment to expanding their programs to ensure that kids have their basic needs met, in order to have a more successful future really resonated with him. After school he participates in debate, basketball, baseball, quiz bowland marching band. He is looking forward to majoring in mathematics or computer science in college.

Stephanie Pierce

Stephanie and her husband moved their family to Edina in 2015. Since then, they have been actively engaged in discussions around equity & inclusion in the community and the Edina school district where their 3 daughters attend school. She believes that every action we take to bring the tremendous benefits we have in our community to all students is a powerful action we must take. Stephanie is originally from Chicago, IL and has worked at General Mills for over 20 years. She received her B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and MBA from Northwestern - Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Stephanie and her husband, James, are the proud parents of three daughters, Olivia, Jamie, and Kaitlyn.

Jennifer Samuel

Jennifer Samuel strongly believes every child deserves a good education. Previously she volunteered as a hockey coach and ESL tutor in North Minneapolis, and was the social media lead for the Beat the Odds gala. Now serves on the Morningside Neighborhood Association Steering Committee and is a host family for Edina A Better Chance. As a writer, she frequently contributes to national publications and is the author of 52 Fights.

Meg Rodriguez


Meg’s passion for education initiatives and community development has led her to hold several positions at various school and community organizations. Meg currently serves on the College Possible Twin Cities Board while also having previously served as Co-Chair of the Board of the Edina Education Fund. Prior to her work as a Community Volunteer, Meg worked at IBM Corporation as a Marketing Representative and Coordinator of Multi-Media Sales. Originally from Westfield, New Jersey, Meg earned a B.A in Economics and Business from Lafayette College where she still serves as an Alumni Admissions Representative. Meg and her husband, Tony, have four children and live in Edina, MN.

Josie Tober


Teri Velner

Teri Velner stays busy raising her four children all of whom attend Edina Public Schools. She is very active within the school district and the array of activities in which her children are involved. Teri has an extensive background in public affairs and public policy at the local, state and federal levels. Teri enjoys the outdoors with her husband and children and two dogs as much as she can. Passionate about Give and Go’s mission, Teri believes all students should have the opportunity and access to the incredible academic and enrichment experiences Edina Public Schools offers. It’s a reflection of a strong community.

Jack Ward

Jack’s interest in Edina Give and Go stems from the belief that every child should have access to quality education as well as the ability to participate in athletics and the arts. In addition to Edina Give and Go, Jack is involved with CommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest provider of affordable housing, as a Study Buddy tutor, and in various leadership positions. Jack is also a junior partner with Social Venture Partners, an organization that approaches philanthropy through a venture capital model. Professionally, Jack works on a team that manages finances for intergenerational families and institutions at Merrill Lynch. After graduating from Edina High School, Jack studied at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he earned a degree in economics. Jack serves on the Finance Committee for Edina Give and Go.

Julie Wohlford

Now “retired” from the agency world of advertising and marketing,” Julie puts her passion to work through myriad volunteer positions. As an advocate for educational access and excellence, she most recently assisted Edina Give and Go with development of its strategic plan and annual community fundraiser. She also has served on the board of the Edina Education Fund and chaired the Edina Public School District’s Communications Advisory Council and Normandale Elementary’s Leadership Team. Julie also has been instrumental in creating and hosting the Vintner Ball—an annual fundraiser to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. She and her husband have two boys currently enrolled in Edina Public Schools.

Andy Wolfe

Andy is presently the Platform Specialist at Push Interactive. He serves on the Frey Foundation Board as a Director. Andy graduated from EHS in 2008. Social justice has always been his passion and he wants to work to make sure that all students have the same kind of rewarding experience that he enjoyed at Edina Public Schools

Stephanie Zahrbock

Stephanie Zahrbock’s passion for problem solving has led her to assist various organizations with their financial and organizational needs. In the past she has been treasurer for Edina Give and Go, The Edina Education Fund, Women’s Metro Links Golf League, Mount Olivet Homes’ Auxiliary, The Edina Family Center Advisory Council, Edina Partners for Early Education and Mount Olivet Church Women’s Celebration Circle. Additionally, her community involvement includes serving on the Highlands Elementary PTO and Highlands Elementary Site Council prior to taking a position with Edina Public Schools as the Community Education Operations Coordinator. She also worked as the Director of Fellowship at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. Prior to her work as a Community Volunteer, Stephanie worked at both Arthur Andersen – Business Consulting and Accenture as a management consultant. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Art History from Gustavus Adolphus College. Originally from Wayzata, Minnesota, Stephanie and her husband, Greg, moved to Edina in 2001 after living in Portland, Oregon for a spell and have two children and two dogs.


Edina Give and Go is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our work to bring life and learning opportunities to Edina Public Schools students who are economically disadvantaged would be impossible without the commitment and generous support of donors. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We are committed to stewarding these funds to make the greatest impact possible in our community. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 47-5031672.

Edina Give and Go Financial Reports

990EZ Fiscal Year July 2017-June 2018 Public Disclosure

990EZ Fiscal Year July 2016-June 2017 Public Disclosure

Edina Give and Go 990EZ 6 30 16 Public Disclosure SIGNED