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 Circle of Hope is a member of the Minnesota Better Business Bureau Association since January 7, 2016.
Circle of Hope, Non Profit Organizations General Membership, Duluth, MN

Circle of Hope has its financials on Guide Star:

Circle of Hope's Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

We have paid out $241, 106.05 (all patient needs) to help breast cancer patients struggling financially from
a breast cancer diagnosis and with survivor ship skills needs from April 19, 2011-March 29, 2017.   

The University of Minnesota Medical School received $10, 200.00 toward local metastatic breast cancer (Stage IV) in
2015 and in 2016. We have donated $10,200.00 each year. In 2017, we have donated $ 5,200.00 from designated funds.
The total donated is $25,600.00

Looking at the information below the amount donated would be a lot higher. The accounting will adjusted in June of
2017 when the 990 comes forth for 2016.

Circle of Hope does not have a Susan G. Komen grant for April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018 for northern MN. Funds are limited based on donations. Please ask before filling out an application for out of the area requests. Douglas County, Duluth, MN has monies available.

In 2017, Circle of Hope announces that they they received $2,000 from Bell State Bank and Trust. They received large donations from Excel Energy, They received $1,242.64 from United Health Care. They received $947.08 from Jay Gaace for his personal fundraising efforts! They received donations from Superior Fire Fighters, Sappi, Sunrise Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, Energy Works Myofascial Release and Allyndale Motel. They are grateful to all of these donations. 

2016 Annual Report

In reviewing all of our taxes since 2010-Jan. 31, 2016, Charities Review Council came up with the following information: 
(Circle of Hope did not give out grants until April 19, 2011.)
We collected the following amount of money from the public and from grants: $284,399.00
Programming-$208,297.00-Patient Programs (88.6% has gone to patient needs)
Management-$26,788.00-This would be insurance policies (2), CPA fees, accounting fees, website fees, paper, 
toner, printing, advertising, computers, printers, office rent for two years, website expenses, lawyer fees 1x, board
retreats, etc. (11.4% has gone to management expenses)
Money in Accounts: $49,314.00

Large Donors: Susan G. Komen, Minnesota-$23,200.00 to help patients in northern MN with daily living expenses
 not covered by other programs (2016-2017). This grant helped 21 patients.

We also got $2,500.00 from Phizer for a conference. 
Circle of Hope is partnering with the following health care providers with their Komen grant for "daily living expenses."
(April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017) (They received a grant April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014 as well.) These are patients going through life saving treatments and complications related to treatment. They have to quit work to receive treatment oftentimes.  Essentia Cancer Centers, St. Lukes Cancer Centers, Corborn Cancer Centers, Standford Medical Center,
Northland Plastic Surgery, Lakewalk Surgery Center, Altru Health Care Systems/ Cancer Centers, Rainy Lake Medical 
Center, Lake Regions Cancer Center, Reservations: Red Lake, Bois Forte, White Earth, Cass Lake, Lake Superior Chippewa, 
Grand Portage Band, Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac of Min No Aya Win Reservation, Riverwood
Health Care, Lakewood Health Center, Cloquet Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Cuyana Regional Medical Center,
South University Medical Oncology ( Northern MN patients), Mayo Clinic (Patient Referrals from Northern MN) and 
Sandford Roger Maris Cancer Centers (Northern MN patients), Midsota Plastic Surgery. 

 Circle of Hope has earned the Meets Standards seal by voluntarily participating in Charities Review Council 
Accountability Wizard review process. The process examines four key areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity and 

 Serving northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin

Circle of Hope was nominated for the BB Torch Awards for Ethics. They could not participate be they are a non-profit 
and not a business, even though they are a member. They were honored to be nominated.

Circle of Hope was nominated for the Rural Health Care team award. They did not get selected but are honored to be nominated.

Breast Cancer Volunteer Engraved Metals were given out on Oct. 16, 2016 to the following volunteers:


Christina Luoma-volunteer, large donor, Circle of Hope pro motor, advertised the organization, participated in MANY events
Jean Bowe-from Pink Run (large fundraiser ( Jean is one of the coordinators), participates on our dragon boat races with her husband each year, and supportive in helping breast cancer patients
Buck Hirdler-volunteer from putting posters out, hauling tables, golf carts, putting out yard signs, posters, hauling boxes to and from from events, on our dragon boat team in honor of his wife
Pat Esse-former board member, volunteer, picks up auction items, donates auction items and misc. items through out the years, works on various projects, participates in events
Rebecca Bullard-board chair, volunteer, financial and in kind donor, has done many events from MN Lynx, Pink Pub Run, Bikers for Boobs meetings, clothing sale, baking, donating, Private Pink Parties, Options Conference and  much more
Cathy Jo Ogston Tastsides-vice chair and volunteer, participated in MN Lynx, organizing Pink Pub Run, volunteered at Bikers for Boobs event, clothing sales, participates in many other activities 
Sam Rathe-past board chair and volunteer, donates to clothing sale, participates in many events from clothing sales to concerts to the Options conference, private pink parties and much more.
Tom Porter-board member and volunteer, donates money and in kind donations, has put out uncountable posters and signs, done PR in the community by being a strong advocate for the cause, hosted Circle of Hope meetings and much more.

Peggy Anderson-Coordinator-for all that she does. Jim Anderson for being a board member and
treasurer. Jim is the "voluntold" of the organization.

(All of these awards were possible because of Christina, our donor.)

Past Board Members Who Are Still Very Active Awards-November 7-16, 2016

1.Janice Wallace
We are sending you this plaque as a past board member who was also on our finance committee! You did a great job! You could balance everything to the penny.Thank you for being a board member, being on committees, obtaining financial donations from various businesses and organizations. Thank you for being a continual supporter by making baskets, gathering clothing items for our sales, baking for our bake sales, and so much more!We DO appreciate your continued support even though you live somewhere else! Missing you!Peggy Anderson on behalf of the Board of Directors

2.Terri Newman/Terri's Treasurers

Thanks for all that you have done through the years and continue to do.  You have been a board chair, vice chair, volunteer and a financial donor year in and year out.We thank you for the financial donations and could not make it without your help. We also thank you for all the jewelry you have donated for Circle of Hope silent auction, fundraisers for Circle of Hope, and patients benefits. Thanks for all the donations for the clothing sale, and participating in so many events through the years.We cannot thank you enough! We could not of done it without you. Peggy Anderson on behalf of Circle of Hope Board of Directors

Advertising Awards to Businesses That Have Supported Circle of Hope-November 17, 2016

1.Elite Tinting and Graphics for their continued support and great graphic work on many vehicles
2.Jeff Foster Trucking for their continued support and promoting Circle of Hope
3. Esse Racing for their continued support and advertising on two race cars 
4. Duluth Police Department for this advertising Circle of Hope for 6 months and continued support
5. WDIO TV for their continued support and advertising throughout the years.
6. Midwest Radio for their continued support and advertising throughout the years.
7.The College of St. Scholastica for adverting an event for 3 years.
8. Integrity Health Network for advertising Circle of Hope on their website for so many years and their continued support
9. Twin Ports Night Life for their advertising and continued support
10.Lamar Advertising
11.Pro Print


Circle of Hope is at the top level of transparency.                                                                              

Circle of Hope became a member of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce in July of 2016.

University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School-Breast Cancer Research-PDK4 in Drug Resistant Breast Cancer.

Duluth Police Dept. put the Circle of Hope logo and website on their police car.

2015 Annual Report

Summary of 2015 IRS Finances:
At the beginning of the year: $36,980.00
Support and Revenue for 2015:
Contributions from the Public: $69,055.00
Excess or Deficient: $13,137.00
Total Net Assets: $36,980.00
The Income at the End of the Year: $50,117.00

2015 Details from The State of MN
Total Functional Expenses: $55,918.00
Program Costs-$48,264.00
Event Expenses: 0
Management Expenses: $7,634.00

Highlights: Circle of Hope was nominated for the 2016 Torch Awards for Ethics but could 
not participate, as they are a non-profit.
Peggy Anderson, the coordinator received a scholarship to the Rural Health Conference.

2014 Annual Report:

Time Period-January 31, 2014-January 31-2014
Giving Financial Help and Support to Breast Cancer Patients Since April 19, 2011.  Circle of Hope has been
around since January 5, 2010 when they were recognized by the Federal Government as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. 
We serve local, regional and northern MN and northern Wisconsin clients.

Reaching Out and Wrapping Our Arms Around Clients: We serve all breast cancer clients of any age, sex, 
race, religion and national origin who demonstrate a financial need.

Vision: Circle of Hope is a vibrant organization consisting of a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board along 
with its volunteers serve as ambassadors to increase our mission, resources, and community impact to help the 
lives of those most in need in the breast cancer and gynecological areas.

Our Values: We value who we are and what we stand for in the communities that we serve. We take pride in 
the fact that we have impacted the lives of others and will continue to impacts others lives by the contributions
of our dedicated volunteers and donors. These values serve as the foundation of Circle of Hope. 
-We value each clients needs, and we will try to help them to the best of our ability.
-We value the spirit of volunteerism and leadership in ourselves and others who we help to engage in this mission.
-We value the friendships we gain from supporting each other, our volunteers, and donors.
-We value the diverse perspectives of our board members, volunteers, donors, and our clients.
-We value our organization and all it does to help clients.

Board of Directors in 2014: Chair: Terri Newman; Vice Chair: Pat Esse; Treasurer: Jim 
Anderson; Secretary: Peggy Anderson; Board Representative: Rebecca Bullard; Board 
Representative: Tom Porter
Coordinator of Circle of Hope: Peggy Anderson
Board Members are also on committee's.  (Finance, Fundraising, Volunteer Personnel, Marketing)
Volunteers: Over 125 volunteers for various events help Circle of Hope.

Major Programs: 
-Paying Breast Cancer Medical Bills (treatment of breast cancer) We pay the providers. 
-Sending Our Feel Good/Educational Boxes to Breast and Gynecological Cancer Patients (2010-2016)
-Paying Daily Living Expenses (rent, house payments, utilities, gas, cancer drugs, and grocery cards) 
for Breast Cancer Patients Who Have Had to Quit Work to Receive Treatment (2012-2016) We mail 
the bills out to the providers of services. Some patients get gas and grocery cards sent to them, if they 
are not given help at the cancer centers.
-Special Programs for Stage IV Breast Cancer Patients (Compudyne Photography Project 2014) and 
(Project Joy-2015)
-Education, Health Fairs, and Speaking Events related to breast cancer (2010-2016)
-Survivor ship Activities for Clients, Supporters, and Volunteers ( ie Golf Teams, Walking Teams, 
Running Teams, Jumping such as Dare Me for Charity and Other Races), Dragon Boat Racing teams, 
Gathering, Arts (Knitting, Sewing, Crocheting), Support Group, Small Group Conferences 2010-2016
-Putting on Events (Volunteering, Advertising and More), Participating (2010-2016)
-Caring For Others Cancer Patients (making chemo caps, prayer shawls, prayer squares, quilts) 2011-2016

Program Accomplishments:

-Metastatic Breast Cancer Projects-Compudyne Photography Project  (2014)- Patient have their pictures
taken with family members.
-Project Joy (Finding Joy for Metastatic (Stage 4) Breast Cancer Patients) (2015)-Patients are given some 
JOY. Most were restaurant certificates, one was a feel good event, massage, another was taking her young
children to a water theme park for 1 night. 

Funding of Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota Duluth (2015) with the help
of MN Lynx and other designated donors.

February 22, 2016-We have paid out a total of $173,238.07 total in helping breast cancer patients as of March 3, 2016.

Fact Sheet or Cumulative Annual Report: 2010-2016:
Volunteer Hours 
January 1, 2010-August 6, 2012-3,264 volunteer hours; 
August 7, 2012-August 5, 2013-3,000 volunteer hours, 
August 6, 2013-August 6, 2014-3500 volunteer hours,
August 7, 2015-January 31, 2016-3200 volunteer hours 
February 1, 2016-
Number of Chemo caps, Scarves, and Wigs Given Out
(hospitals, clinics, Heidi's for the hospitals, patients direct and in prayer boxes)
This is possible because of our wonderful crafty donors!
June 1, 2011-January 31, 2017-5875 caps, scarves, wigs

Number of Items Given Out to Breast and Gynecological Cancer Patients
February 1, 2014-876 items 
February 1, 2015-625 items
February 1, 2016-650 items
February 1, 2017-19

Number of clients that Circle of Hope has helped obtain other financial resources through other 
2010 through 2012-$1711.00-2 clients;
through 2013 -various from other organizations-$22,000.00-6 clients;  
through 2014-7 clients from various organizations, value unknown
through 2015-20 clients from other organizations, value unknown
through 2016-

Number of breast and gynecological benefits members of Circle of Hope helped with in some way:

April 11, 2011-February 1, 2014-14 benefits;
February 1, 2014-February 1-2015- 8 benefits; 
February 2, 2015-February 1, 2016-7 benefits;

Number of women served in "Circle of Support Group"
2011-2012-15 clients; 
2013-12 clients; 
Number served by 1 on 1 conferences, telephone calls, going out for coffee
2014-10 clients;
2015-25 clients;
Number of breast cancer clients helped with specific items through Circle of Support-
2012-2013-75 clients
2013-2015-120 clients

Activities that breast and gynecological cancer clients have participated:
From January 5, 2010-August 6, 2012-77 activities; 
2013-2014-89 activities; 
2015-40 activities;

Circle of Hope Facebook Friends-2090
We have a Twitter Account, LinkedIn Account as well.

   Use of Funds (2012, 2013, 2014)
This calculation is based on the information provided in the previous IRS Form 990 chart. 
Three Year Average
Program Expenses 89.7%
Management Expenses 10.3 %
Fundraising Expenses 0 %

Summary of 2014 IRS Finances:
At The Beginning of the Year: $50,556.00
Support and Revenue for 2014:
Contribution From Public: $64,059.00
Total Revenue: $64,059.00
Liabilities for 2014: 0
Excess of Deficit: -$13,576.00
Total Net Assets: $36,980.00
The End of the Year: $36,980.00

2014 Details From The State of Minnesota Taxes: 
Total Functional Expenses: $77,635.00
Program Costs: $69,599.00
Event Expenses: 0
Management: $8,036

Unrestricted Net Assets               2014                  2013               2012
End of Year:                                 $36,980             $50,566          $3,008
Beginning of Year                         $50,576             $27,242          $3,535
Difference                                    ($13,576)           $23,314           ($527)

Unrestricted Net Assets 
(End of Year)
Current 990                                 $36,980

Donors are listed on this website. They are cumulative donors. See the links (There are 4 links and 
donations are cumulative):

Our IRS 1023 is in file in the office should you want to look at it.

Call To Action: These are Our Current Needs in 2015-2016:

History of The Organization:
Circle of Hope, Inc. was recognized in 2010 as a MN Nonprofit on Jan. 5, 2010 even though part of their paperwork 
was missing. Peggy Rydberg, Tammy Miller Graves, andPeggy Anderson put together the idea in 2009 after seeing a friend being
called weekly in regards to her breast cancer treatment bills. She was dying of breast cancer.  It broke other patients heart
and affected everyone forever. Tammy, Peggy R., and Peggy A put money into an account for the purpose of starting a non-profit in 
2009.  On 12/2/09 Peggy Anderson filed the papers for the Lake Superior Initiative which they didn't get funded through The United Way. 
They were very much in the start up stage.

2010-2013 Annual Reports 

Financials: Taxes
Circle of Hope has a finance committee. Finances are approved by the Board of Directors. The finances go
to a book-keeper/CPA and then to another CPA.)
Raised also includes the sponsorship monies for putting on an event, advertising, insurance (2), internet, telephone,
postage, and printing. Circle of Hope is not a salaried organization. We believe in putting The Breast Cancer Patient First. 
-The tax period ending January 31, 2016-$50,117.00
-The tax period ending January 31, 2015-$64,059.00
-The tax period ending January 31, 2014-$99,110.00
-The tax period ending January 31, 2013-$37,157.40
-The tax period ending January 31, 2012-$48,640.00
-The tax period ending January 31, 2011 (including start-up in 2010)-$3554.00

Volunteer Recognition:
Most all board members that participated in our fundraising events, activities, committee meetings, board retreats, board meetings. 
Some gathered items for a rummage sale, found donation items, and so much more.  

We want to recognize these board members who went out of their way to do many things for the Circle of Hope 
Board of Directors:

Janice Wallace for getting an exceptional amount of items for the clothing sale and the silent auction this year! She also got us some sponsors
for the dragon boat races and concert. She has been instrumental in keeping the records balanced to the penny for the CPA/book-keeper. She 
donated so many items, got a grant for us, donated so many rummage sale items. Thank you Janice for all your hard work!

Terri Newman, owner of Terri's Treasurers donates to Circle of Hope fundraisers and patients benefits. After the Anderson's she is the 2nd largest 
board donor since Circle of Hope's inception.  Terri hardly ever misses a Circle of Hope sponsored event. Terri has been a very engaged board 
member for 4 years, serving on the board, chair of the fundraising committee and board chair. She rarely misses an event, retreat, fundraising 
committee or board meeting. We thank Terri for all she has done to move the mission forward!

Peg and Jim Anderson: Jim never misses an event for Circle of Hope. Correction, he missed Ladies Night Out. Men were not invited. He did 
not go to the Spa Party either, for women only. Jim is the best "Voluntentold" Volunteer! Peggy puts in uncountable hours day in and day and 
out. Peggy has never missed an event sponsored by Circle of Hope and others for Circle of Hope.

Pat Esse is Vice Chair of Circle of Hope, she has gotten lots of donations through the years from clothing to silent auction items. We thank you
 for her dedication to the mission.


Circle of Hope Announces 3 Peggy Rydberg Volunteers for 2014-2015 with Plaques on Oct. 19, 2014:  Peggy Rydberg
 died of metastatic breast cancer, one of the founding members of Circle of Hope.
These awards are to recognize these individuals who have helped out the organization by going out of their way to participate. it is because of these volunteers, 
we have impacted patients lives, and made our message heard in the community.

Young Volunteers:
1. George Piece from Jeff Foster Trucking Inc., Superior drives the Circle of Hope Jeff Foster Truck all over. Her gives out our Circle of Hope website cards and
 promotes our mission. George calls the truck, "The Pink Lady" or "Pinky." The father of 8 children George knows how important this issue is to women and
 some men with genetic breast cancer. George brings the truck to many of our Circle of Hope events and donates his time.
George has brought the truck to Rockin for Hope concerts, Dare Me for Charity in Blaine, MN. He also participated in our Pink Flying tutu team. George
 jumped and jumped forty feet in the air. We can't thank him enough for the memories this event brought. You just don't know how hard it is to get people
 to jump 40 feet in the air. He was also with a large Jeff Foster team for the UV Splash Color Dash. He wore his pink tutu. He brought the truck as well.
George in the most brutal weather drove the truck and pulled the float in the Christmas City of the North Parade. George and Tom Porter wore Santa Caps.
 Peg and Jim's UMD Pharmacy students decorated the very large float-Pharmacy at The North Pole. It was quite a work of art. This was a Kodak moment
 for them He also pulled the East Key Club Float in the 4th of July Parade in Superior. It was fun and a meaningful event for the Key Club students and 
his own children.The truck has been brought to other events such as Julie's benefit, Get ER Done, Annual Pink Run, The Lake Superior Dragon Boat
 races promoting breast cancer awareness and adverting Circle of Hope. We thank George and Jeff Foster Trucking Inc. for making a difference in the
 lives of others.

2. Christina Luoma is a supervisor at United Health Care. She has been on The Many Faces of Breast Cancer dragon boat teams for several years and
 will be taking a more active role next year. She goes out of her way to help us and has continued to make additional offers.She was on our Dare Me
 for Charity Team, also wearing a pink tutu. She got three other members to sign up and be on the team. The problem was then they changed the date 
on it. She took time out of her busy life of running races to participate in this event.Christina formed a UV Color Splash Dash team as well.She does
 not stop at this, she has been a volunteer at two concerts, sold raffle tickets, and helps to promote our agent. She applied for a grant to help us. She 
has truly volunteered more than 80 hours. We are grateful for her support and friendship.