Ministry Endowment Fund
What's Your Plan?
An estimated 50% of Americans do not have a will and many more have done no serious estate planning. Even when there is a plan, oftentimes Christian ministries are unintentionally forgotten. An endowment fund is a commonly used tool that will enable donors to sustain Divine Redeemer's mission and ministry over an extended period of time. The Divine Redeemer Ministry Endowment Fund was established in November of 2014 to encourage and facilitate sound financial planning that will give families peace, provision and protection while also supporting the ongoing mission of God's church.
The Divine Redeemer Ministry Endowment Fund can help you:
- Create a lasting Christian Legacy
- Provide financial support over an extended period of time
- Support ministry activities beyond the congregation's budget
- Make tax advantaged gifts that will protect your loved ones.
About the Fund:
What is the Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church & School Ministry Endowment Fund?
The DR Ministry Endowment Fund is a permanent fund established to offer DR’s members and friends the opportunity to leave a legacy of faith for future generations. It is intended to enhance the church and school ministry and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. Gifts to the Endowment Fund become a part of a perpetual fund with earnings used to expand and enrich the mission and ministry of Divine Redeemer Church and School. The Fund is built entirely upon the vision and generosity of DR’s members and is totally separate from the church and school’s annual operating budget and building funds. Available funds are distributed to support projects that are above and beyond normal budgeted items.
Eternity Giving Introduction by Dennis Pordon
How do I find out more information about the Endowment Fund?
Information is available at DRLC.org/ministryendowmentfund, or you may contact the church office at 262-367-8400 and they will connect you with Pastor Seth or a member of the Endowment Committee. May God guide you as you seek to serve Him with all that He has given you!
262-367-8400 ext. 100
Pastor Seth Flick
262-367-8400 ext. 114
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the DR Endowment Fund
A gift to the Ministry Endowment Fund is one way you can help ensure the mission of the church and school will grow and be carried into the future and that those who follow you will be served for generations to come. Your gift creates a lasting legacy of your stewardship and a more stable financial environment for the church and school. Additionally, there may be meaningful tax and estate planning advantages available to donors to the Ministry Endowment Fund. You are encouraged to consult with your attorney and tax professional about these matters.
All gifts are welcomed; there is no minimum gift. Every gift increases the earning power and cumulative impact of the Fund. Gifts generally fall into three categories: Gifts Now, Gifts that Pay Income, and Gifts Later.
There are a variety of estate and legacy planning options for those who have a charitable intent. There are many tools and vehicles for this purpose, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. For instance, asking your insurance agent to adjust the beneficiary of your life insurance policy to include a modest percentage for Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church Endowment Fund will make an impact while still providing for family or the primary beneficiary. You could also place a portion of your IRA or 401K investments into a separate account and designate the endowment as primary beneficiary.
Can gifts to the Endowment Fund be given in honor or memory of someone or to mark a special occasion?
Yes. A gift to the Ministry Endowment Fund in the name of a family member or friend is a meaningful way to memorialize or honor someone you love. Any occasion (birthday, anniversary, birth of a child, etc.) can be remembered and celebrated by a gift to the Ministry Endowment Fund.
Workshops & Events:
The Ministry Endowment Fund will sponsor periodic educational workshops on a variety of estate and gift-planning topics. Save the date for The Fall Estate Planning Forum to be held October 14th, 2023 at 9:00AM which will feature a panel of resources.
The Legacy Circle
Divine Redeemer Ministry Endowment Fund Team:
Board Appointed Members
Standing Committee Members
Pastor Seth Flick - Executive Pastor
Dennis Gehrke - President of the Board of Directors