Benevolence Fund

Benevolence Fund

Benevolence and Mission Endowment Fund celebrates 2023 award recipients 

Two exciting St. Andrew ministries distribute financial awards to deserving organizations serving others in the local community, around the state of Minnesota, and around the world. The Mission Endowment Fund distribute earnings from the Endowment Fund. The Benevolence Fund is supported by church offerings. Committees support the work of each of these funds. There are additional funds to be distributed through the end of the calendar year. Check the website for applications and deadline dates.

In 2023, the Benevolence Fund has awarded:

  • Onward EP (youth homelessness in EP) $5,000
  • Green Card Voices (sharing stories of Afghan refugees) – $1,000
  • Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA – $35,000
  • Church Anew – $15,000
  • HandsOn Twin Cities (facilitating service to others) – $2,000
  • Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (deepening A More Just World conversations) – $2,015
  • Assistance League – $3,000
  • Habitat for Humanity – $3,000
  • Fight the Trafficking 5K – $500
  • Forest Hills Elementary School partners – $1,500
  • PROP Empty Bowls – $400.

The Benevolence Committee consists of Luke Nelson, Beth Kaluza, Gail Feneis, Gary Spears, Erin Reisdorf, John Stutzman, LoriAnn Gillick, and Pastor Peter Johnson

In 2023, the Mission Endowment Fund has awarded:

  • Grapevine Collective (urban ministry at New City Church) – $2,500
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church (New Orleans – Meal Programs) – $2,000
  • Cresence Cove Hospice (serving children and young adults) – $1,000
  • Friends of Madagascar (prison literacy program) – $2,500

The Mission Endowment Fund committee consists of Lori Brown, Mandy Bruss, Barb Carroll, Jennifer Casad, Brian Heijerman, Nancy Geolat, Sara Ross, Meggy Wagner and Pastor Peter Johnson

Benevolence Grants Applications

Following a principle of tithing 10% of what we receive, the St. Andrew Benevolence Fund supports extraordinary ministries with financial assistance inside or outside the congregation where growth in faith, financial giving and/or Christian service are uniquely encouraged.

In the winter of 2023, the Benevolence Fund awarded grants to the Minneapolis Area Synod, St. Andrew’s Church Anew, HandsOn Twin Cities, the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE), Assistance League of MN, Habitat for Humanity 2023, Fight the Trafficking 5K, Forest Hills Elementary School partnership, and PROP Empty Bowls.

Grant requests are considered quarterly and following the Benevolence Grant Application below.

Questions about the Benevolence Committee and Fund can be directed to Pastor Peter Johnson.

Benevolence Fund 2023 Application Deadlines: April 27, July 27, and October 26.