Cheerful Givers (Eagan, MN)


  • Name:Karen Kitchel
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Cheerful Givers
  • Address:1287 Berry Ridge Road
    Eagan, MN 55123
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:651-226-8738

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  • Mission:
  • To provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to shelters and food shelves so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. We believe this simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth and strengthens family bonds.

  • History:
  • Cheerful Givers was established in 1994, after Robin Maynard toured a local food shelf. She learned that parents would often try to find a favorite canned vegetable or boxed cereal to give their child as a birthday gift. However, sometimes the shelves were empty and parents would leave without anything to celebrate their child’s birthday.

    Maynard thought of what it must feel like for a parent not to be able to do what most parents take for granted – to recognize their child’s birthday, and of how a child would feel without having the chance to experience the joy of celebrating a birthday. The next day Maynard returned to the food shelf with a donation of 12 birthday bags, each containing several small toys and treats to help a less fortunate child celebrate their birthday. All 12 bags were gone in just one day.

    For the next three years, Maynard, her family, and friends continued to produce and distribute birthday bags, naming their organized efforts ‘Cheerful Givers.’ However, need for the bags only increased. In 1994, a Board of Directors was established to ensure the organization had the talents and resources needed to meet community demand. With a talented board sharing a passionate commitment to Maynard’s vision, Cheerful Givers continues to work towards ensuring every child’s birthday will be recognized.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:41-1774632

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:411774632
  • Organization Name:CHEERFUL GIVERS
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ROBIN STEELE
  • Organization Address:2186 3RD ST STE 106
  • Organization City:WHITE BEAR LK
  • Organization State:MN
  • Organization Zip:55110-3266
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 560
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P99
  • Asset Amount:$75,166
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$164,021
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$164,021
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:39:31 am

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