About Us

Angel Foundation™ is a Twin Cities-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide support to local adults with cancer and their families. For more than twenty years, our programs have ensured that individuals and families have the resources they need throughout their cancer journey.

Our Mission

Angel Foundation™ offers relief to adults with cancer and their loved ones through financial assistance, education, and emotional support.

Our Programs

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE provides support to adult cancer patients by relieving some of their immediate financial concerns. Grants help with basic, non-medical bills such as food, gas, rent or mortgage, and utilities, and can help provide comfort and peace of mind during the overwhelming months following a cancer diagnosis.  

FINANCIAL CANCER CARE connects cancer patients with a Social Worker and a Pro Bono Certified Financial Planner™ through educational workshops and one-on-one meetings. The goal of the program is to provide a road map for patients to help decrease anxiety about managing finances as they navigate the potentially devastating effects of cancer-related financial toxicity.  

ADULT & FAMILY PROGRAMS provide free education and emotional support for children, adults, and families. They are designed to help adults talk to children about cancer; help children understand what cancer is and how it is treated; and help families and individuals emotionally and practically after you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer.  

Since 2001, showing a proven approach to addressing critical issues, Angel Foundation™ has distributed more than $13 million in emergency financial assistance and provided over 45,000 program services to local adults with cancer and their families. Our Emergency Financial Assistance program remains the backbone of Angel’s mission.

Our Partnerships



Minnesota is home to 11 sovereign American Indian Nations and more than 60,000 Native American people. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the Native American population has the highest rate of cancer incidence and the highest rate of poverty by ethnicity in the state. We are currently working to provide more expansive support to the Native American community in partnership with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) and our programs will now be accessible to Native Americans throughout the state of Minnesota. Click here to apply online or click here to download a printable application.



Open Arms of Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers nourishing meals free of charge to critically ill Minnesotans and their families. Their registered dietitians and in-house chefs create delicious, medically tailored menus using fresh and organic ingredients whenever possible. Through the support of a loving community of donors and volunteers, we harvest, cook, and deliver nutritious, made-from-scratch meals directly to our clients. The amazing folks at Open Arms of Minnesota believe that food is medicine, and there’s always room for one more at their table.

Open Arms of Minnesota and Angel Foundation™ have partnered together to expand their service spectrum to include cancer patients in the Twin Cities metro. As of July 2022, our partnership has provided over 14,000 meals. Going forward, we look forward to providing food support to even more local cancer patients.

In 1964, a 16-year old star athlete and student named Jim Deming died of leukemia. He left behind a grieving family, a best friend named Mark, and a very special girlfriend named Margie. While Jim lay dying, Mark promised him that he would work in the field of cancer, and that he would always take care of Margie.

Right before their senior year of college, Mark and Margie married, and following graduation, Mark started medical school. His specialty: oncology. Following Mark’s residency and the birth of two children, Margie knew that she wanted to be involved in the field of cancer as well. She created a role as a patient advocate for cancer patients and was able to see first hand many of the issues that cancer patients face and the heartbreaking decisions many have to make. “Do I buy my medication or do I pay my rent?” “Should I cut my medication in half and hope it works so that I can afford groceries to feed my family?” Others may consider, “Should I stop treatment and try to go back to work to help with expenses?” The requests continued, and with nowhere to turn to help these families, Margie felt compelled to start a non-profit organization that would meet these needs for adult cancer patients and their families.


Angel Foundation™ is Born

In 2001, with funds from the doctors in her husband’s oncology practice – Minnesota Oncology Hematology P.A. – (now Minnesota Oncology) Angel Foundation was born. Since its inception, Angel Foundation has provided millions of dollars in non-medical emergency financial assistance so families struggling with a cancer diagnosis don’t have to face another set of worries.


Adult and Family Programs: Helping Families Face Cancer Together

In 2005, a program for children who have a parent, grandparent or caregiver with cancer was created. Originally a year-long educational support program, the program has evolved to have a broader focus, helping both individuals and families gain understanding, strength, and hope as they face the challenges of cancer.

Given the financial toxicity a diagnosis brings Angel Foundation™ created Financial Cancer Care (FCC) in 2019 to help patients manage the long-term financial burdens they face. This program provides support to cancer patients through financial coaching and advice by connecting patients to Certified Financial Planners™ who will help guide financial decisions that are impactful today, and in the future. This program also connects patients to additional support options and resources.

Margie continues to be involved as founder of Angel Foundation™, and Mark is an advisor. Both are as passionate and committed today to helping cancer families as they were in 1964.

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Melonie Allyn-Schwerin

Senior Data Analyst
612-627-9000 ext. 501

DeAnne Anderson

Executive Assistant and Office Manager
612-627-9000 ext. 503

Dave Becker

President & CEO
612-627-9000 ext. 504

Jody Hartz

Emergency Financial Assistance Program Manager
612-627-9000 ext. 513

Erica Hollom

Director of Individual Giving and Special Events
612-627-9000 ext. 506

Jennifer Kielas

Vice President of Mission Delivery & Operations
612-627-9000 ext. 502

Maddy Lamers

Development Coordinator
612-627-9000 ext. 508

Naomi Moturi

Adult & Family Programs Manager
Ext. 509

Jeff Ohaju

Development Coordinator

Shandy Potes Mangra

Health Equity & Community Outreach Manager
612-627-9000 ext. 507

Madi Schneider

Program Coordinator
612-627-9000 ext. 514

Jennifer Schorn, LGSW

Financial Cancer Care Program Manager
612-627-9000 ext. 517

Jim Thrubis

Corporate Relations Manager
612-627-9000 ext. 510

Kathy Tolo

Vice President of Development
612-627-9000 ext. 516

Dr. Uzma Ali

Medical Oncologist
Minnesota Oncology Hematology, PA

Cindy Blackstock

Co-founder and CEO
SIVO Insights

Cindy Chandler

Leadership Guidance Group

Kristen Farnsworth

Strategic Account Manager | Enterprise | Service Cloud - Energy & Utilities

Kirstie Foster

President & Founder
Board Chair
Foster Modern PR, LLC

Molly Gantz

MMGantz Consulting

Todd Hedtke

CEO, Allianz Investment Management and SVP and Chief Investment Officer, Allianz Life

Lisa Horgeshimer

Senior Manager, Global Merchant Services
American Express

Ken Horstman

Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
University of Minnesota

Marcy Keckler

Vice President of Financial Advice Strategy
Vice Chair
Ameriprise Financial

Amanda Knutson

Vice President, Growth and Operations
Launch My Health

Kristin LeBre

Strategic Account Manager | Enterprise | Service Cloud - Energy & Utilities
Fredrikson & Byron

Beth Monsrud

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yvette Mullen

Community Volunteer

Amy Rewey

Vice President, Business Transformation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Tom Rheineck

MR Instruments, Inc.

Margie Sborov

Angel Foundation

Scott Schufman

South Country Health Alliance

Jackie Thomas-Hall

Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Allina Health

Federal Tax ID: 41-1990883

Angel Foundation™ is a unique, patient-focused organization that relies primarily on private donations and grants. Contributions to Angel Foundation™ help support adults with cancer and their families, living in or receiving treatment in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. Donations fund emergency financial assistance and family support programs. Thank you for your support of Angel Foundation™. We honor the trust you have placed in us and are committed to spending your gift responsibly.

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Angel Foundation™ is proud to meet the Accountability standards of the Charities Review Council, be a Four Star Rated Charity by Charity Navigator and a GuideStar Gold Participant.

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