The BeliEve Foundation

Helping grieving families find a Reason to BeliEve.

Mission

The BeliEve Foundation helps grieving families in Minnesota facing hardship after the death of their child by providing immediate and practical financial assistance and partnering with other organizations to offer ongoing emotional support and healing.

Notes from the nonprofit

The BeliEve Foundation's founders, the Gassen family, cover all administrative costs of our organization. 100% of donations go directly to helping grieving families in need.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder/President

Clark Gassen

Executive Director

Angie Hatcher

Main address

1907 Wayzata Blvd Ste 180

Wayzata, MN 55391 USA

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EIN

83-0545356

NTEE code info

Gift Distribution (P58)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many families grieving the death of a child do not have the means to pay for unexpected medical bills, funeral expenses or other related financial burdens. We offer financial assistance and ongoing therapeutic support so they can instead focus on healing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Financial Support for Bereaved Families Facing Hardship After the Death of a Child

We believe a lack of means should never stand in the way of rebuilding a life. When a financial hardship resulting from the death of your child prevents you from moving forward, this is where The BeliEve Foundation steps in. We provide assistance for things such as with funeral expenses, medical bills and living expenses. 100% of donations go directly to families in need.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

In addition to financial assistance, The BeliEve Foundation also connects families with therapeutic resources and provides them with a sponsorship to Faith's Lodge for a weekend of respite and healing. We also fully fund the new onsite 1:1 Grief Therapy Program at Faith's Lodge, expanding our support to grieving families in our community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grieving families approved for financial assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Parents

Related Program

Financial Support for Bereaved Families Facing Hardship After the Death of a Child

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The BeliEve Foundation hopes to making the healing journey a little easier for families struggling after the death of a child- one family at a time.
Our mission is to help grieving families in Minnesota with immediate and practical financial assistance and partner with other organizations to offer ongoing emotional support and healing.

Family Outreach:
Continue to seek partnerships with other non-profit organizations and referral sources to get the word out about our foundation to families in need. Maintain ongoing relationships with those we serve. Explore hosting a family event for gift recipients to foster support and sense of community.

Donor Outreach:
Seek growth in our donor base by expanding 1:1 outreach, increasing number of recurring donations and launching new "Become a BeliEver" funding campaign. Explore opportunities to host community event for donors.

The BeliEve Foundation's capabilities for meeting our goals include:

Committed founders and dedicated donor base. The founders cover all administrative costs of The BeliEve Foundation. This frees up the capability of our donor's dollars to go directly to family gifting and ongoing therapeutic support. As we continue to grow and serve more families, we seek growth in our donor base, specifically recurring donors.

Social media outreach. We will continue to use platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and our quarterly newsletter to spread the word about us to both families in need and potential donors.

Dedicated founders, staff and Board of Directors. We have a small staff that works closely with the founders to best serve grieving families, raise the money necessary to operate, and efficiently operate and grow our foundation.

The BeliEve Foundation launched in June 2019. In our first 6 months of operation, we have helped 35 families with financial assistance for things such as funeral expenses, rent and mortgage assistance, medical bills and therapy costs. These gifts total over $100,000. We also offer our families a full sponsorship for a weekend of respite and healing and 1:1 therapeutic support at Faith's Lodge, one of our key nonprofit partners. We hope to triple the number of families served in 2020.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The BeliEve Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clark Gassen

Kelly McDyre

Faith's Lodge

Gregory Soule

Malkerson Gunn Martin LLP

Kurt Vickman

Good Grocer

Michael Haag

Haag Law Offices, P.A.

Rev. Dr. John Ross

Wayzata Community Church

Clark Gassen

DM Companies

Ashok Dhariwal

YogaFit Studios

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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