Giving and Growing

Great Expectations Foundation

The purpose of Great Expectations Foundation (GEF) is to provide leadership support, financial support, and community support to Great Expectations School. It is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting GES: it is a fundraising entity that also holds the mortgage for the school. It raises money to support the development of educators and staff, learning opportunities for students, and facility needs.

We are actively recruiting Foundation Board members for this year. The Board typically meets 12 times per year. The Board manages the mortgage for the school building, develops and maintains a fund for long-term building maintenance, and raises money for the school. If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact the Foundation Board Chairperson.

GEF Board Members:

Chair: Howard Hedstrom


Term Ends: March 2024

Vice Chair: Beth Kennedy

Term Ends: March 2024

Secretary: Kay Costello
Term Ends: March 2024

Treasurer: Bob Padzieski
Term Ends: December 2021

Member at Large: Mike Hofer – Building Committee

Term Ends: February 2024

Member at Large: Judi Barsness  – Fundraising Committee
Term Ends: March 2023

Liaison from Great Expectations School Board: Peter James

Many thanks to past Board Members:

Patty Nordahl
Beth Kennedy
Deb Mueller
Maria Carlson
Thelma Hedstrom
Nina Simonowicz
Michael Garry
Amy James
Beth Ferry
Hartley Newell-Acero
Kristin Blomberg
Erica Hahn
Jan Healy
Brienne Moody

Donations to Great Expectations Foundation can be sent to:
Great Expectations Foundation
PO Box 310
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Or (look for G.E.F.)

Or write a check to Great Expectations Foundation and drop it off at the School’s front desk.