TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH FOUNDATION
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: “God is calling Trinity Lutheran Church to shine the light of Christ into Downtown Moorhead and beyond.”
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:
- Promoting the mission of the Foundation
- Providing oversight to the fiscal policies and procedures
- Evaluating requests for funding
- Authorizing disbursements from the available funds.
Giving 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
- Bible Camp activities
- ELCA seminary scholarships
- Lost and Found Ministry
In the future, new visions may establish funds for specific purposes.
Grants from the Foundation have supported multiple ministries, including:
- Trinity Mission Workshops
- Trinity Preschool
- Parish Nurse Program
- Churches United for the Homeless
- NWMN Synod Challenge Grants
- FM Emergency Food Pantry
Global Mission Compassion Projects
- Project Hero – medical supplies
- Lutheran Disaster Relief
- Hosean International Ministries
If you would like to apply for a grant from the Trinity Foundation, please click here.