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Ways To Give

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With your help, we connect people to jobs every day.

  • Your gifts help sustain a holistic approach, ranging from assistance with interview clothing or a new tool belt, to industry-specific job training programs.
  • Advocates for workforce-related public policy engage with over 100 elected officials annually, putting Minnesotans to work regardless of their barriers.
  • In any given year, we partner with 150+ government and nonprofit agencies to connect participants with community resources with your support.
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Ways to Give

  1. Become a monthly supporter – it’s the easiest and most efficient way to support our neighbors all year long!
  2. Give online today
  3. Make a tribute gift in someone's honor.
  4. Mail your gift:
    Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation
    Lockbox 446003
    P.O. Box 64056
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0017
  5. Make a gift of stock.
  6. Make a gift through your donor advised fund
  7. Leave a bequest or contact us to explore all of your planned giving options.
  8. Become a Sustaining Sponsor. Companies can amplify their brand exposure while strengthening their support of the individuals served by GESMN. Annual sponsorship opportunities include signature, customizable benefits throughout the year.

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Your Impact

Your generous support helps open doors to brighter futures for people in our community. Here are some of the people we helped experience the power of work:

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A partnership with Ramsey County not only helped revitalize a historic St. Paul home, it helped launch Van's career and future in home remodeling. Van graduated from our construction training program and gained experience to help him enter into the field. Read about Van's journey.

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Josie was working multiple jobs and 80 hours/week to support her family. After graduating from our Business Professional Pathways program, she is now a rising star ayt Allina.  Read her story.

News & Events

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Summer Newsletter 2024

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Advanced in her healthcare career

"Ten years ago I completed my learning with the Goodwill-Easter Seals Career Training & Education Program. My career started at the front desk at Fairview clinic. Today, I’m a nurse.

As an LPN in a long-term care facility, I work with physical therapy patients recovering from surgeries and injuries. I have hospice patients in their final months and days and I help their families at the final goodbye. I also work as a travel immunization nurse.

Being a nurse, I know I am making a difference.

"I am now living the future I could never have imagined a decade ago," Danielle continued.

[The programs at GESMN] changed my life and made my family better, my community better, and the world around me brighter.”


Enjoys helping automotive customers

"My experience in the automotive program was full of support and encouragement. As I commuted to class each morning, I felt full of hope and excitement to collaborate with my classmates and learn from our teacher. The program staff made me feel confident that I could make this career change.

I have been in my current position as a Parts Specialist for almost a year. My job provides the opportunity to work as part of a team, problem-solve, work directly with customers, and constantly keep learning.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota means so much to me. Completing this training program has made me a stronger and more confident person.”

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Highlights Mission

Thank you to the nearly 400 guests and sponsors who celebrated with us at the sold-out 18th Annual Power of Work event on May 9! You helped us raise more than $230,000. This includes more than $40,000 that will go directly to the Opportunity Fund – a unique program that meets the pressing needs of participants so they can complete career training or move into work. Thanks to you it was an inspiring, fun evening – and our most successful Power of Work event yet!

We Thank Our Sponsors

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Michelle Terkoski, Stonebridge Capital Advisors

Why do you choose to support GESMN? I believe in the power of working. I believe if you can receive training and work it gives you the confidence to keep going. You take pride in yourself and your family and it gives you a means to put food on the table.

What was your favorite part of the Power of Work event?I love the Power of Work event; my favorite part is hearing the stories of the people it has helped get back to work.

Why do you enjoy volunteering with the silent auction?I so enjoy the silent auction; it gives me a chance to do the things I love. Support a great organization, contact companies for items and then using my creative side to make it look enticing to place bids.

Make a Estate Gift

You can help ensure support for our community for years to come with an estate gift. Visit

Support the Power of Work Campaign

It’s not too late to join the Power of Work Campaign! Add your support by September 30. To date, more than $12 million has been raised, providing critical community investments in:

  • Workforce development programs, digital skills training, and access to technology to bridge the digital divide.
  • Client outreach, support, training, and career opportunities.
  • Sustainable community impact to meet emerging needs and provide program stability.

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Open doors for more people in our community

  • Congratulations to the first graduating class of GESMN’s Advanced Manufacturing course! In April, eight students completed their Saint Paul College certificate.
  • Over 275 job seekers spoke with 35 employers from numerous industries at GESMN’s career fair in May. In June, the Minnesota Department of Corrections collaborated with GESMN to host the Fair Chance Job Fair, drawing over 225 job seekers and featuring 23 employers.
  • GESMN is launching a pre-apprenticeship with the St. Paul electrical union this summer.


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To use the power of generosity to build a world where everyone experiences the power of work.


To support Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota's mission to eliminate barriers to work and independence.


  • 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.
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What we do

In 2014, the Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation was formed to ensure our financial resources grow and keep pace with the increased demand for 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 in the future of GESMN and create lasting legacies that will help people become economically self-sufficient.


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

Through the Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation, you give people the power to work, so they can experience the power of work. The Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation is building the bridge to ensure individuals can experience the power of work. 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 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.

Contact Director of Development Naomi Prabhakar at 651-255-4910 for information.

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

Our Board Members

Debbie Galka, M.B.A., Chair

Management Consultant and Community Volunteer

John Bergstrom, M.B.A.

Fund Manager & General Partner, Mairs & Power Venture Capital

Lauren Beecham Henry

Vice President, Community Marketing, Bremer Bank

Marcella De La Torre, EdD

Chief Administrative Officer,
Minneapolis Area REALTORS®

Adam Freeman

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Chris Grimm

Highland Associates

Texas Hemmaplardh, M.B.A., C.F.A., Secretary

Partner, Pavilion, A Mercer Practice

Rachel Lockett

Chair, Goodwill-Easter Seals MN Board of Directors,
Chief Information Officer, Pohlad Companies/Marquette Companies

Sita Morantz

Chief Acquisition Integration and Community Engagement Officer, Marsden Holding L.L.C.

John Schonberg, Treasurer

Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager,
Stonebridge Capital Advisors

Morgan Truscott

Executive Director, JP Morgan Private Bank

Michael Wirth-Davis, DPA (ex officio)

President, Goodwill Easter Seals Foundation,
President & CEO, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota