THE MINISTRY OF THE ENDOWMENT

St. Mark’s endowment fund distributes grants to further our ability to do God’s work with our hands locally and around the world. Because the Endowment Fund supports projects specifically outside of the congregation’s annual budget, these grants help to innovate and bring new ideas to how we serve our community.

DREAM IT! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Dream it! Do you have an idea for a ministry project that is not currently covered in our church budget? Are you involved in a community organization with a similar vision for service as St. Mark’s? Would a small amount of money make a big difference? If you have a dream for a special way to serve others, but you need some financial support to get your project off the ground, this grant could make it happen! 

GRANTS AVAILABLE
Praise God! $9,000 will be given in grants in 2019. As our endowment fund grows, we hope the dollars we can distribute will also increase.

GRANT CRITERIA
In evaluating projects, the Endowment Committee will prioritize projects that:

  • Have the greatest impact consistent with the mission and ministries of St. Mark's

  • Expand or enhance the ministry of St. Mark's

  • Establish or further develop new relationships between St. Mark's and other organizations and agencies with missions consistent with that of St. Mark's

  • Have not previously received allocations from the Fund

APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMING
Application Period:  Sunday, June 16 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
Deadline:  Sunday, August 25, 2019
Grant Notifications: By end of September 2019

ONLINE APPLICATION
2019 Grant Application - Online Form Link
2019 Grant Application (PDF) (Word)

DONATE TO THE FUND
Your commitment will always be felt. Our Endowment Fund gives donors the opportunity to create a long-lasting legacy to support the ministry of St. Mark's into the future. The St. Mark's Endowment Fund Tax ID Number is 94-1418294. Donations may be sent directly to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Attn: Endowment Committee, 1031 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.

If you would like to speak with someone about including a bequest to the Endowment Fund in your estate plan, please send an email to endowment@stmarks-sf.org.

 

PAST GRANT RECIPIENTS

2014

  • A grant to the El Salvador Committee of St. Mark’s Social Ministry Committee to defray hospitality expenses of a benefit fundraiser for the Salvadoran Lutheran Church Pastors Endowment Fund. ($1,500) The resulting benefit event in September 2014 raised over $21,000 for the fund, established to help pay the salaries of Lutheran pastors in El Salvador.

  • A grant to Lutheran Volunteer Corps to fund volunteer trainings in partnership with Seminary of the Street. ($500)

2015

  • A grant to Kigali Lutheran Parish in Rwanda for construction of their children’s worship space ($2,000)

  • A grant to St Mark’s Social Ministry Committee to pay for the home visit of our ELCA Missionary in Rwanda, Pastor Kate Warn ($1,000)

  • A grant to St. Mark’s Music Ministry to fund a choir retreat ($500)

2016

  • A grant to Cordero de Dios Lutheran Church in El Salvador for construction of an exterior wall to make their church building more secure and visible ($2,000)

  • A grant to the St. Mark’s Social Ministry/Holy Land Ministry Committees to support a photography exhibit featuring the work of students from Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem, Palestine ($800)

  • A grant to the Lutheran Church of Rwanda Women's Ministry to assess women’s ministry at the congregational, parish, and district levels as part of a strategic planning process ($700)

  • A grant to the St. Mark’s/St. Paulus Chapter of Women of the ELCA (WELCA) to provide childcare during weekends workshops on the ELCA’s Women and Justice social statement ($500)

2017

  • A grant to Cordero de Dios Lutheran Church in El Salvador to fund the salary for a social worker focused on children and youth ($2,000)

  • A grant to Lutheran Social Services of Northern California in support of two programs serving people with HIV/AIDS in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco ($1,000)

  • A grant to a St. Mark’s member to pay for a diversity seminar open to St. Mark’s members and the broader community ($1,000)

  • A grant to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fresno, California, Chapter of Women of the ELCA (WELCA) to provide infant feeders to a sponsored ministry in Tanzania ($800)

  • A grant to St. Mark’s Parents with Kidlettes to support two parent education workshops open to St. Mark’s members and the broader community ($710)

  • A grant to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Saratoga, California, to support homeless kits for a People Helping People project ($500)

2018 

  • A grant to St. Mark’s Community Garden ministry to replace raised beds and for other garden improvements ($1,800)

  • A grant to ReconcilingWorks Sierra Pacific to enhance their annual San Francisco Pride parade presence ($1,000)

  • A grant to St. Mary and St. Martha Lutheran Church (Santa Maria y Santa Marta) in San Francisco for their sanctuary program assisting immigrants in need ($1,000)

  • A grant to Mariposa Lutheran Church in Mariposa, CA to provide food and refreshments for a children’s and youth ministry serving high-risk, low-income community members ($1,000)

  • A grant to the CLIPArts Ministry of Christ Lutheran Church in Visalia, CA to purchase program supplies for their youth theater production ($1,000)

  • A grant to Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill, CA to purchase world percussion instruments for their Beloved Arts Community Center music outreach program ($1,000)

  • A grant to Asociacion para la Diversidad Sexual en El Salvador (ALDES) to provide media training for journalists in El Salvador on how to humanely and sensitively report LGBTQ stories ($1,200)

  • A grant to Rukundo Foundation of Rwanda to pay for tuition and school supplies for children who have been reunited with their families ($500)