A financial endowment is a proper transfer of money and/or property donated to an institution. (Wikipedia)
At the Chapel we have an endowment fund that is an important part of the way in which we are at work in the world. When someone donates money or property to our endowment fund, we invest it through the Lutheran Community Foundation. This means that gifts to the fund keep on giving and years later we continue to support ministries with those gifts. Since 2011 we have given over $37,000 to projects in which we believe. To learn how to contribute to the fund, click here for our Endowment Brochure.
Every year we elect a team to oversee the investment of our endowment assets, to promote the fund, and to accept, review, and make decisions on grant applications. To apply for an endowment grant, submit a Grant Application (click here for PDF or MS Word) to the office.
Typically, grant requests range from $500 to $2,000. Prior funding does not guarantee a future grant.
The intent of our grants program is to fund programs and ministries beyond those supported through regular offerings at the Chapel. Distributions can be made to extraordinary programs, projects or initiatives within the congregation, or to special projects in the local community, the synod, and elsewhere in the church or the world.
The team evaluates whether the requested grant supports
- the mission and ministry of the Chapel directly,
- community (Bay Area) and Sierra Pacific Synod mission support,
- national and global mission support, and
- other urgent needs.
We especially value projects that stress
- compatibility with and relevance to the Chapel’s faith-based mission;
- projects focusing on religious, justice, and social issues; and
- the impact of the grant, including whether matching funds are raised.
In 2014, the Endowment Team will meet on the following dates
- March 7, 2014 (9am)
- March 21, 2014 (9am)
- June 6th, 2014 (9am)
- September 12th, 2014 (9am)
- November 21st, (9am)
The Chapel’s endowment fund was created in 2009 and has been funded with special gifts as well as generous bequests from the estates of Ruby Falk, and beloved Chapel members, Sandra Ruth Olson, Marjorie K. Bauman, and Nancy Lee Peterson (see picture on the right).
So far in 2014, the Endowment Team has awarded grants to the following projects:
- $1,000 to the Chapel’s Godly Play Start-up
- $1,000 to a new Projector in the sanctuary, with $2,000 in additional matching funds available
- $1,000 to “Lutherans in Diaspora” conference at Union Seminary, New York
- Eight $250 scholarships to PLTS seminarians attending 2014 PROCLAIM conference
Over the past three years, the Endowment Fund has given away over $37,000 in support of projects and initiatives in which we believe.
- 2013 — $10,072
- 2012 — $13,742
- 2011 — $13,250
Here’s a partial list of the projects we’ve funded:
- $372 – Chapel’s Fair Trade Mercado (cotton shopping bags) (2012)
- $500 – Lutheran Campus Ministry Builds (2012)
- $500 – Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (2012)
- $500 – East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (2012)
- $500 – Lutheran Peace Fellowship (2012)
- $750 – Dorothy Day House in memory of George Gunter Edgerton (2012)
- $750 – Center & Library for Bible & Social Justice(2011)
- $750 – Community Garden for migrant Workers (2012)
- $750 – Chapel’s Internship Fund (2012)
- $1,000 – “Remember Them Monument” in Oakland (2012)
- $1,000 – Campaign for American Dream Walk (2012)
- $1,000 – Lutheran Volunteer Corps (2012)
- $1,000 – SHARE January Election Delegation (2013)
- $1,000 –Striking Workers Hardship Fund (2011)
- $1,072 – CROP Walk (2013)
- $1,500 – Seminarian matching gift support (2011)
- $2,000 – EBIIC Pacific Steel Workers Hardship Fund (2012)
- $2,000 – SHARE – Women’s rights advocacy (2011)
- $2,000 – PROCLAIM Logo for (2011)
- $2,000 – Campus Ministry Peers (2011)
- $2000 – Anti Homophobia Clinic in El Salvador (2012)
- $2,000 – “Way of Grace” Emeryville Mission (2012)
- $2,000 – Chapel’s annual Fall Getaway (2013)
- $2,000 – El Salvadoran Pastors’ Retirement (2013)
- $2,000 – Just Place Project (Migrant Stories) (2013)
- $2,000 – SHARE El Salvador’s technology fund (2013)
- $3,000 – New Chapel Audio System (2011)