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About the Foundation
The Trinity Foundation exists to participate in supporting the mission of Trinity Lutheran Church. Contributions to the Foundation are invested today to support ministries in the future. Distributions come from the earnings without invading the original principal. Designated funds within the Foundation provide ongoing support for youth ministry, seminary tuition, Bible Camp, Lost and Found Ministry, church music and maintenance.
Your contribution to the Foundation is very important to expanding the impact of the Foundation and can take many forms: friends and loved ones may be honored or memorialized through gifts that keep giving. A growing number of gifts to the Foundation come from donors whose estate plans designate a portion of their estate to the Foundation. To encourage Trinity members in long-term stewardship planning, the Foundation offers a “Good Will” coupon in the value of $100 payable to a legal firm drawing up an estate plan leaving a bequest to a Lutheran charity. Contact a Trinity Foundation Board member if you wish to learn more about options for your estate.
The Foundation Purpose
The Trinity Foundation exists to participate in the mission of Trinity Lutheran Church:
In 1974, Trinity members planted seeds for a Foundation. From God's abundant blessings, we invest resources today to support ministries in the future. Distributions come from the earnings without invading the original principal.
Trinity elects six trustees to the Foundation Board, with the congregational president as the seventh trustee. The senior pastor and business administrator participate as non-voting members of the Board.
The Boards responsibilities include:
Foundation ContributionsGiving takes many forms. Friends may be honored or memorialized through gifts that keep giving.
Endowed funds may be directed to designated purposes such as Bible Camp, educational scholarships, or the Lost and Found Ministry. Arrangements can be made for lifetime income agreements to lock in financial returns through gift annuities. The Foundation also receives and invests estate gifts.
While gifts of cash may be the most easily recognized, there are advantages to other forms of charitable giving. For many donors, Christian stewardship calls for annual tax planning and long-term estate planning. Gifts of appreciated property such as securities and real estate offer advantages for the donor and charity.
To encourage Trinity members in the longterm stewardship planning, the Foundation offers a "Good Will" coupon in the value of $100 payable to the legal firm drawing up and estate plan leaving a bequest to charity.
The Foundation Canopy
Donors may direct their gifts to:
The General Fund which responds to requests for local,
regional and global projects in harmony with Trinity's mission.
Project Seed Funds support
Grants from the Foundation have supported multiple ministries, including:
Global Mission Compassion Projects
Following His resurrection, Jesus asked Peter, "Do you love me?" Peter replied in the affirmative and our Lord responded "Feed my sheep." Since its founding in 1974, the Trinity Foundation has been responding in a myriad of ways to that same call.
Presently, the Trinity Foundation manages assets valued in excess of $2.2 million. As this endowment has grown, the Foundation has utilized the income from the fund to enrich countless lives through its support of many organizations.
In addition to continuing (and expanding) this broadbased support, our vision is to create three new funds within the Foundation for the following purposes:
• A fund to support Trinity members enrolled in an ELCA seminary
• A fund to provide additional support to the "Lost and Found" Ministry
It is important to clarify that gifts to the Project Seed campaign should be made from resources not used to support Trinity's annual budget. For this reason, many donors will make gifts to the campaign from accumulated assets rather than from current income. Therefore, multi-year pledges might not be appropriate for many donors. However, we welcome multi-year pledges if they are helpful for tax purposes or other reasons.
Your gifts and commitments may be directed toward any of the three new funds. Also, you may elect to make your gifts to the Foundation's general fund. We heartily invite the participation of our entire congregation in this important endeavor.
For more information on Project Seed, view the brochure here or at the Trinity Information Desk.