The Chapel’s Endowment Fund is designed to be a perpetual fund. To date, it is funded with generous gifts received from the estates of Ruby Falk (Bennett Falk’s mother), and beloved Chapel members, Sandra Ruth Olson, Marjorie K. Bauman, and Nancy Lee Peterson.
The Endowment supports the mission and ministry of the Chapel and is part of the way we are at work in the world. A committee (elected by the congregation) invests the Endowment’s assets and also accepts, reviews, and makes decisions on applications for grants from Fund to support:
- the mission and ministry of the Chapel directly,
- community (Bay Area) and Sierra Pacific Synod mission support,
- national and global mission support, and
- urgent needs.
We consider requests that stress:
- compatibility with and relevance to the Chapel’s faith-based mission;
- interests of the Church, such as religious, justice, and social issues;
- impact of the grant, including whether matching funds are raised; and
- context of all grants made during a given budget cycle.
The typical range of a grant is from $500 to $2,000. Prior funding does not guarantee a future grant.
The intent of the distributions is to fund programs and ministries beyond those supported through regular offerings. Distributions could be made to extraordinary programs, projects or initiatives within the congregation, or to special projects in the local community, the synod, or elsewhere in the church or the world.
- Grant Application (download a grant application in PDF or MS Word)
- Endowment Brochure (learn how you can make gifts to the endowment)
In 2012, the Endowment provided grants totaling $13,742 to the following projects:
- $2,000 – Anti Homophobia Legal Clinic in El Salvador
- $750 – Community Garden for Undocumented Workers at Good Shepherd Episcopal
- $1,000 – Campaign for an American Dream Walk (CAD)
- $2,000 – Pr. Tita’s mission start in Emeryville
- $500 – Lutheran Campus Ministry Builds a Habitat house
- $372 – ULC Fair Trade Mercado cotton shopping bags
- $500 – Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary for hymnals
- $1,000 – Remember Them Monument in Oakland (Synod’s Anti-Racism team)
- $750 – Dorothy Day House
- $750 – ULC Internship Fund
- $2,000 – East Bay Interfaith Immigration Committee (Pacific Steel Workers)
- $1,000 – Lutheran Volunteer Corps
- $500 – East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
- $500 – Lutheran Peace Fellowship
In 2011, the Endowment Fund provided grants totaling $13,250:
- $2,000 – SHARE – Women’s rights advocacy
- $2,000 – Campus Ministry Student Peers
- $1,500 – Sara Schultz Seminary Matching Gift
- $750 – Center for Bible and Social Justice
- $3,000 – New Chapel Audio System
- $1,000 – Sriking Workers Hardship Fund (Castlewood)
- $2,000 – ELM Proclaim campaign