About Us

Our 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.

Our Values

We're in this together

No one should ever have to go through this alone. Let’s work together to turn grieving into healing.

Tell it like it is

What you are going through is real. So are your Reasons to BeliEve. Let’s speak truth to our trials while expressing empathy and optimism at every opportunity.

100% Committed

100% of all donations - every single penny - are put towards helping others rebuild. Our founders cover all administrative costs.

Take everything personally

Your child was everything. So we take extra care during the EVEalution process, with members of our board personally vested in every application and decision.

Grassroots and Star Gazing

It’s the little things that matter, and we will miss most. Let’s harness the power of human connection to strengthen each other while spreading our message of hope.

BeliEve in Better

No one knows how precious (and imperfect) life is like someone whose child has died. But we can help make it better- one family at a time.

EVE'S STORY

Her Life's Work


Clark and Margo Gassen know firsthand that nothing worth building is ever easy, especially a family.

After undergoing IVF therapy for their first two children, they decided to fully commit themselves to the next phase of parenting. Then in a moment as miraculous as it was impromptu, Eve made her presence felt in utero. And everything changed.

Her life force was powerful. The hopes and dreams they shared for their daughter were infinite.

On June 22, 2017, Eve was unexpectedly stillborn at 38 weeks due to a true knot in the umbilical cord – rocking a family to the core while laying the groundwork for personal transformation and an entirely new kind of foundation.

In his personal grieving, Clark sought respite at Faith’s Lodge. There he met other parents whose lives had been razed by bereavement. People who understood how much you can love someone you’ve never met, and how hard it is to pick up the pieces emotionally and spiritually.

It was then, listening to their stories and sharing in their grief, that he came to realize how challenging it is to recover from the trauma of losing a child when you’re also overwhelmed financially. Hospital bills, unpaid work leave, funeral and travel expenses – they pile on to the feeling of powerlessness, further preventing families from beginning to rebuild.

For the Gassens, the idea that someone in mourning would also have to worry about money was as unacceptable as it was unimaginable. So on the final day of his stay at Faith’s Lodge, Clark walked to the front desk and paid for his room. Then he paid for everyone else’s – no questions asked, no thanks required. A simple act of kindness inspired by the incalculable love for a daughter.

This was the day our foundation was born. Eve’s promise will continue to be paid forward – every day, at every opportunity.

Board of BeliEvers

Honesty, empathy, passion, patience and generosity—these are the ideals that form the foundation of our Foundation, and the criteria we followed for choosing each of our volunteer board members. We think Eve would have approved.

Ashok Dhariwal
Ashok Dhariwal

Ashok is the owner of YogaFit Studios in the Twin Cities. YogaFit's mission is to make yoga and fitness more accessible to everyone. Ashok has also worked in domestic and international retail for Target, UnitedHealth Group and Arthur Anderson. He is very active in the larger community and hosts frequent yoga events supporting local nonprofits.

Michael P. Haag
Michael P. Haag

Michael is an attorney with Haag Law Offices, P.A., a regular speaker and published author on nonprofit, corporate and tax issues. A former adjunct professor at Hamline University and host of radio talk show, “Seeking Precedence – a Christian Perspective to Legal Issues,” Michael also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

Kelly McDyre
Kelly McDyre

In 2012, Kelly brought her experience in sports management, events and fundraising to Faith’s Lodge as Executive Director after the sudden death of her 12-year-old nephew, Carter. She was recognized in 2016 as a Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal Women In Business Honoree and named by BizWomen as one of “100 Women to Watch in US.”

Rev. Dr. John Ross
Rev. Dr. John Ross

John has served since 2004 as the Sr. Minister of Wayzata Community Church, a 3,000-member congregation seeking to inspire the world with the inclusive love of Jesus. In his ministry, John is witness to the pain in people’s lives. The sudden death of his neighbor’s 9-year old son motivates him to help anyone who suffers this unimaginable loss.

Gregory D. Soule
Gregory D. Soule

Greg is a real estate attorney with Malkerson Gunn Martin in Minneapolis. A committed, but imperfect, Christian, Greg and his wife have three adult children. He also had a younger brother with Downs Syndrome, who taught him patience, compassion for the less able, unconditional love, and what it’s like to ask God the “Why?” question.

Kurt Vickman
Kurt Vickman

As both a non- and for-profit entrepreneur, Kurt has built and led successful start-ups for much of his life. After experientially engaging thousands of church members to be a force for good with Upper Room, he founded Good Grocer where volunteers gain access to healthy foods at affordable prices and discover their gift for contributing.

Our Still Together Initiative

"You were born silent. Perfect and beautiful. Still loved. Still missed. Still remembered. Everyday. Stillborn but Still born."
~Michelle Salisbury

Nothing that can prepare a parent for when their child is stillborn. But as a society, we can be better prepared to help acknowledge their loss and give proper recognition to the birth of their child. Independently funded by our founders, Still Together is our initiative to working with parents and state leaders to ensure families in all states receive a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth that reflects a deeper understanding of and greater sensitivity towards this life-changing event.

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