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.

  • 2018.19 Go Report

  • 2017.18 Go Report

What’s Happening

August 2020 Executive Director, Maggie McCracken featured on MPR News with Angela Davis discussing learning support models during distance and hybrid learning. https://bit.ly/3ixtG4f

August 2020 Featured in IGNITE After School’s ‘Yes to Success’ – capturing partnerships, innovations & different ways of doing things in the COVID-19 era that are helping young people get their needs met through afterschool https://bit.ly/2S3fZyX

August 2020 Mayor Jim Hovland selected the Edina MealFund COVID-19 Response program for the 2020 Mayor’s Service to Youth Commendation (award presented to Edina Give and Go and the Edina Education Fund) https://bit.ly/2S3PMA9

December 2019 – Edina Give and Go was awarded a grant from the Frey Foundation of Minnesota in support of our work with students during summer 2020. The Frey Foundation of Minnesota is focused on strengthening the community through direct giving to organizations that promote self-sufficiency and stimulate creative change, resulting in improved quality of life for all.

August 2019- Edina Give and Go has been named one of two Edina Federated Women’s Club (EFWC) community grant recipients. The EFWC has been a pivotal partner in support of the Edina Give and Go mission. 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.

Give

The Team

Caroline Pappajohn

Executive Director

Caroline is committed to ensuring that equitable access and inclusion to a variety of extracurricular programming is possible for every student. She brings her passion and expertise in non-profit strategy, partnerships, and development to Edina Give and Go.

Prior to Edina Give and Go, Caroline spent two decades within the nonprofit sector, including the past eight years in health. Most recently, Caroline served as chief strategy and sustainability officer for The diaTribe Foundation, where she developed strategic partnerships within the diabetes industry to fund the organization’s patient education work. Prior to diaTribe, Caroline was a strategic planning director at Providence Health in Portland, Oregon, where she partnered with service line executives to help prioritize their investments in care delivery.

Prior to healthcare, Caroline spent a dozen years in nonprofit leadership, including a decade at New Door Ventures in San Francisco, where she helped grow fundraising revenues 450% in three years and started a new social purpose cafe to employ at-risk youth.

She came (happily) to nonprofit after a decade in high tech, launching and marketing new products for a global telecom company and an Internet start-up for women’s sports gear that she co-founded.

Caroline began her career as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in Washington, D.C. where she learned about tackling big thorny issues with a mixture of determination, impatience, compromise, and creativity.

Caroline has a B.A. in Political Science and an MBA from Stanford University. She and her husband live in Edina and their three children all attend Edina public schools. When not working or in school, they love to bike, frolic at playgrounds, and read books.

 

Catalina Carrasco

Outreach and Student Granting Coordinator

Catalina is a passionate professional who has actively volunteered  in Edina Public Schools since 2017. She has a degree in Economics and International Business and has a background in international consulting, having worked with large organizations throughout Latin America. Catalina and her husband Javier have two kids in Edina Public Schools. Catalina is passionate about supporting children, working to present them with the world of opportunities and helping them choose the ones that would maximize their potential.

Jen Faeth

Finance Coordinator

Jen is a results-oriented problem solver and creative thinker dedicated to giving back to her community in tangible and meaningful ways. Her professional background includes over 20 years of experience in accounting, operations and project management with nonprofit organizations and financial services companies. She has a BS degree in accounting and extensive graduate coursework in training and organizational development. As a longtime member of the community, she has served as curriculum chair for Edina Parent Communication Network (PCN), treasurer of her children’s elementary school PTO and as a volunteer in Edina Public Schools and with several Twin Cities organizations. She and her husband, Sean, have two grown children and are recent empty nesters. As a lifelong learner, Jen is passionate about supporting families so children may reach their brightest potential.

The Board

Stephanie Pierce

Board Chair

Bio
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.

Josie Tober

Past Board Chair & Vice Chair

Bio
Josie Tober is a Journalism major, a foster parent for several MN animal rescue organizations, and an extreme recycler. An Edina resident since 2014, she is a tireless volunteer at her children’s elementary schools, organizing everything from Garden Club, Equity in Education and Literacy efforts, Wellness Committee, Green Team and the Scholastic Book Fair. She has been a board member for Edina Give and Go for three years and is passionate about using her talents to create opportunities for all students in our great Edina community.

Hattie Priem

Secretary

Bio
Hattie Priem lives in Edina with her husband and two sons. She graduated from Edina High School and has a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Hattie works as legal counsel for a medical device company and is a volunteer attorney at the Children's Law Center of Minnesota.  Hattie is an avid reader and an aspiring gardener. She has a passion for ensuring that all children have access to the resources they need to live joyful and successful lives.

Sarah Hardy

Treasurer

Bio
Sarah is delighted to serve as Treasurer on the Edina Give and Go board. Professionally, she supports parents and families as a Parent Educator in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs as well as through her own business, Generations Parenting Support. Sarah is also committed to volunteerism, having recently served three years as the Treasurer for the Morningside Woman’s Club. She is an active parent volunteer with her children’s schools, including coordinating a Junior Great Books program for several years, serving as PTO Treasurer, and planning a school-based event (or several). Sarah also joyfully taught Music Together for eight years. Sarah moved with her family to Edina in 2010. She and her husband have two girls. She adores her golden retriever, and loves to exercise, read, sing, listen to live music, and enjoy quiet weekends at the family cabin. Sarah Hardy holds a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology and an M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota in Parent and Family Education. She is a Licensed Parent Educator.

K.C. Danzansky

Co-Chair, Development Committee

Bio
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.

Kelley Siemon

Bio
Kelley grew up in Edina where she was helped by friends in the community when facing financial barriers to participation. She is thrilled to join Edina Give and Go to support their mission to do the same for kids growing up here today. Kelley works for the University of St. Thomas School of Law and lives in Edina with her two elementary-aged sons and her husband, Jeff.

Alex Christianson

Chair, Grants Committee

Bio

Chris Holden

Bio
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.

Peter Zambrano

Bio
Peter has been engaged in volunteer work both in Edina and the Greater Twin Cities area through various organizations such as Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Our Saviors Housing, MPLS English Learning Center and youth sports programs in both Minneapolis and Edina. He strongly believes in the mission of Edina Give and Go and is passionate about removing barriers to youth engagement. Peter has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wyoming, an MBA from the Carlson School of Management as well as Executive Education from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently a Managing Director at WebMD Health Services and is enrolled at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Masters program. Peter and his wife Carol have two kids and live in Edina.

Alison Ford

Student Board Members

Abdirahman Mohamud

Anand Khariwala

Sabeehudeen Mirza

Past Board Members

Idith AlmogDario Anselmo

Julie Baker

Angie Boylan

S. Michael Briggs

Cathy Cella

Katherine Clark

Jon Good

Afira Hasan

Matt Hovelsrud

Caroline Leslie

Isa Li

Gerry Lukaska

Kathleen MacLennan

Mary Manderfeld

Janet Marple

Jane Oberrender

Oscar O’Brien

Meg Rodriguez

John Romanow

Nassim Rossi

Jain Ruchita

Jennifer Samuel

Jessica Scherer

Ann Schulze

Sahej Shukla

Teri Velner

Jack Ward

Julie Wohlford

Andy Wolfe

Mary Werbalowsky

Stephanie Zahrbock

Financials

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