St. John’s Lutheran Church Foundation was established in 1982 with the purpose of enhancing the mission of St. John’s by providing a perpetual source of revenue to aid in the work of the church. A foundation receives gifts or donations and invests those resources to generate income. The initial holdings of the foundation are never spent since they are the basis of generating the income. That income then becomes a revenue stream that can be distributed year after year. The larger the amount in the foundation, the larger the revenue stream it can generate. While the Foundation is under the control of the church council, it has its own constitution and by-laws and is run by a board of elected church members. These rules determine how much and in what areas the income generated from the Foundation can be distributed.
Some funds are donated to the Foundation directly, some have come in the form of stocks, gifts from an estate or memorials. All donations become part of the base resources of the Foundation and are invested to create a larger stream of revenue for distribution. If people are looking for a place to donate, that will keep on giving into the future, the St. John’s Lutheran Church Foundation is the perfect vehicle.
The purpose of St. John’s Lutheran Church Foundation is to enhance the gospel outreach of St. John’s Lutheran Church by investing gifts to the Foundation and making distributions from the earnings for St. John’s Church facilities and programs and for ELCA missions and programs.
The St. John’s Lutheran Church Foundation accepts applications of request for the distribution of the Foundation’s income. In accordance with the Foundation’s bylaws, each year a portion of the income generated from the gifts to the Foundation is to be distributed to four categories. The four categories are:
Beyond the Budget – extraordinary programs/capital improvements or other ministry initiatives within the congregation
Scholarship or Youth – scholarships and/or youth projects – college scholarships are for St. John’s members who are attending a Lutheran affiliated college
Local Missions – outreach into the local community such as new ministry starts, Bible camps, Lutheran Campus Ministry
Worldwide Missions – ELCA Churchwide ministries – i.e. missionary sponsorship, ELCA Global Mission, ELCA World Hunger
Any committee, commission, or person who feels they have a project or need that would qualify under one of the four categories should turn in an application to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Foundation to request funding.
Current Foundation members are: Ron Albright, Dave Bornfleth, Clark Johnson, Sharon Melquist, & Tim Tjosaas.
A five person Board of Directors has that responsibility. The Board is composed entirely of members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. In addition, a certified public account conducts periodic examinations and audits.
Contributions to the Foundation are completely separate from the weekly contributions to the Church. Gifts to the Foundation become part of a permanent endowment. The principal of the endowment is kept intact and only income is distributed according to the Foundation bylaws. By way of contrast, Sunday offerings to the Church are used for current expenses of the Church.
The amount available for distribution varies yearly depending on the income from investments. In 2020 , the Foundation distributed over $16,000 and since the inception of the Foundation, almost $265,000
Important Notice: Neither the Foundation nor its representatives can offer legal or tax advice. For such advice, attorneys, accountants, and other professional advisors should be consulted.