Endowment Fund supports two initiatives in early 2017
The St. Andrew Endowment Committee continues its commission to support start-up and one-time gifts to causes inside or outside the congregation that promote outreach to the local community and wider church ministries.
Recent financial support includes a partnership with Connor Brandt, member of St. Andrew, in his work with a garden project at a local senior apartment complex. The $400 gift will help his process toward earning his Eagle Scout badge.
The Endowment Committee also supported with $1,895 the efforts of Krystal Queen and Mike Grant in Project Friendship to create an independent 501c3 in the first half of 2017. For information about Project Friendship, click here.
God’s blessings to each of these recipients in their ongoing work.
Updates on 2016 Endowment Fund Disbursements
The St. Andrew Endowment Committee has been actively engaged in receiving grant applications and making appropriate distributions during the fall of 2016. Three distributions were made this fall:
- St. Andrew Fellowship Hall renovations: In order the enhance and broaden the Fellowship Hall’s ministry for the congregation and use by the wider community, the Endowment Committee agreed to fund the installation of acoustical tiles and the purchasing of sound, projection and lighting. Total grant: $118,000
- Dodoma Tanzania Health Development: To broaden the work of Dodoma health program through the Lutheran Church of Tanzania, the grant supported prenatal care and illness prevention initiatives in rural Tanzania. Total grant: $3,000
- Intertwine Ministries: To assist the marketing and communication of a new mission-start congregation called Intertwine Northeast, a congregation of the Minneapolis Area Synod, the Endowment Committee awards support for videography, signage, podcast creation and development, targeted social media advertising, newspaper advertisements and promotional print media. Total grant: $7,000
Endowment Fund Supports Gethsemane Lutheran Church’s Day Care
At its meeting on May 10, 2016, the Endowment Committee received Pastor Jeff Nehrbass of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He was in attendance to provide further details about a grant application to the Endowment Committee to support the reopening of the church’s day care for children of the neighborhood. After hearing the presentation the Committee approved a disbursement of $10,000 from the Fund to support its the center’s reopening. This gift was in addition to the $2,500 granted to Gethsemane by St. Andrew’s Benevolence Committee.
Pictured above are Pastor Peter Johnson of St. Andrew, Pastor Jeff Nehrbass of Gethsemane, and Harold Orcutt, Endowment Committee Chairperson at the time.
History of the St. Andrew Endowment Fund
Established in 2013, the purpose of the St. Andrew Endowment Fund is to promote both giving and funding opportunities consistent with the mission and long-range objectives of St. Andrew Lutheran Church.
St. Andrew Endowment Fund is meant to provide members of St. Andrew with the structure and vehicle to enable charitable giving consistent with its mission of “Living Out Our Faith in Daily Life” beyond programs supported through regular offerings.
Grants will be considered that are aligned with the mission purpose and perpetual priorities of the St. Andrew Lutheran Church, including, but not limited to:
- Extraordinary programs/ministry initiatives within the Congregation
- Outreach into the local community or Synod
- Programs that support church-wide ministries, world hunger and global mission programs
Grants will be awarded as one-time funding, or start-up funding, not for on-going purposes. The Fund does not provide loans. Evaluation of requests will be based on the prospect of making a positive impact on the faith and life of others.
Activity of The St. Andrew Lutheran Church Endowment Fund is managed by the Mission Endowment Fund Committee, which is appointed by the Congregation Council. The Committee consists of seven members and the Treasurer of the Congregation Council. The Senior Pastor serves as an ex-officio member of the Committee. The Executive Director serves as staff liaison to the Committee.
2015 Report on the Endowment Committee
2015 was second full year of operation for the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Endowment Committee. During this past year the Committee received and reviewed 3 Grant Applications and approved and funded the following Grant Requests:
- $5,000 Grant to Friends of Madagascar Mission to support the Ejeda Hospital Emergency Medical and Nutrition Project and the South West Madagascar Irrigation Project.
- $5,000 Grant to Feed My Starving Children to assist in phase two of their program monitoring and evaluation project. The funds will be used to roll out the tool that was developed in 2014 in the countries where their partners are working.
- $2,000 Grant to Meals on Wheels to assist them in educating communities about who is served by their program and also increase the number of volunteer drivers willing to assist in meal delivery.
The Committee continues to explore ways to promote the Endowment Fund and to encourage organizations interested in obtaining grants to do so by completing the Grant Application that is available on the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Website.