"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation


To be the lead support for endowment building that enables Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota to carry out its mission in perpetuity and achieve its vision, which is “a world where everyone experiences the power of work.”


To raise and steward charitable funds which will advance the goals of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, both for today and into the future.


  • Philanthropy: We believe in the importance of charitable giving and its ability to make a lasting mark upon people and the community.
  • Donor-Focus: We build exceptional partnerships with people and promote inspired giving by providing donors with the options, tools and support they need to make charitable giving easy, personally satisfying and effective.
  • Stewardship: We invest charitable gifts wisely and distribute them to advance the mission of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

What does the foundation do?

In 2014, the Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation was formed to ensure that our financial resources will grow and keep pace with the increased demand for our services. The Foundation is a separate nonprofit that exists for the sole benefit of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. It offers donors a special opportunity to invest generously in the future of GESMN and create lasting legacies that will help people become economically self-sufficient.

The Foundation accomplishes its goals by establishing and growing endowment funds, which are invested to provide long-term support for the organization. When the endowment earns interest over time, the earnings can be distributed to fund the services and programs of Goodwill-Easter Seals.

Since the Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, contributors can take the maximum deduction for charitable contributions, under IRS regulations.

Help build the bridge

Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation is building the bridge to ensure that individuals can experience the power of work in perpetuity. We hope you join us. We accept gifts of cash, stocks, property, bequests and other assets in the way that qualifies for the maximum tax advantages, as recognized by law.

  • Make a gift payable to Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation
  • Give an appreciated asset
  • Name Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in your will
  • Our Foundation team can help you explore your present and long-term giving options, establish a named fund/donations in honor or in memory of friends or loved ones and designate funds that reflect your values and interests.
  • Become a Foundation Founder by investing $15,000 or more by 2019 join the Foundation Founders circle. After 2019, the Foundation Founders circle will be established. All Founders will be formally recognized in perpetuity on a plaque located within the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota St. Paul Campus as well as in other materials.

Contact Director of Philanthropy Shannon Schaaf at 651-379-5888 for information.

We always encourage you to seek advice from a financial advisor when making personal investments.

Our Board Members

Lisa Manzey Adelmann, MBA, CPA, Past Chair President, LMA Consulting Services

James S. Anderson, MS, CPCM
Former Director, Government Contract Compliance, 3M (retired)

Joseph M. Barsky III, MBA
Chair, Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation

John Bergstorm, MBA
Partner, RiverPoint Investments, Inc.

Debbie Galka, MBA
Chief Risk Officer, US Bank

Jerome Hamilton, CPIM, CQE
Chair, GESMN Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, Open Therapeutics

Lorraine Hart, MBA, CFA
VP Investments, Ameriprise Financial (retired)

Texas Hemmaplardh, MBA, CFA, Endowment & Foundation Practice Team, Slocum

Wendy Mahling, Vice Chair
GESMN Board of Directors
Lead Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy

John Schonberg, Portfolio Manager & Principal, Stonebridge Capital Advisors

Michael Vinyon, JD
Regional Managing Director, The Wells Fargo Private Bank

Michael Wirth-Davis, DPA
President, Goodwill Easter Seals Foundation and President & CEO, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota