Foundation Grants Reach $2.4 Million In Last Five Years
Your Saint Michael and All Angels Foundation has made more than $2.4 million in grants during the past five years to support church programs and projects.
Since 2013, the Foundation has provided funds to launch Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, which last year served approximately 1,000 shoppers every Saturday during the season; complete the playground for students at Saint Michael Episcopal School and neighborhood children; support construction of the Courtyard Columbarium; initiate the Saint Michael Presents community concert series; upgrade the church’s parishioner and financial technology management systems; and paid for unexpected maintenance on our heating, air conditioning, and sewage systems.
Foundation grants also supported the church’s enhanced music programming, enlarged facilities for the children’s catechesis classes, funded our mission and outreach ministry in Cuba, and even bought the shells used in Baptisms. Earlier this year, a $12,500 grant enabled the Children and Family Ministry to purchase Godly Play materials that will serve as many as 80 pre-k through 3rdgrade children.
“The Saint Michael and All Angels Foundation enables the church to embark on new and innovative programs to make God’s purposes relevant in today’s world, and to fill in the gaps in unseen but necessary ways, such as when facilities like our heating, cooling, or sewer systems unexpectedly break down,” said Charles Sartain, Foundation President. “The Foundation is an integral part of sustaining and growing Saint Michael and All Angels Church.”
Gifts to the Foundation, through wills, estate plans, one-time gifts, and other means, live on in perpetuity. The principal of a donation is invested and only the investment interest is distributed in the form of grants to the church. “It is important that we continue to grow the Foundation,” Sartain said. “A more robust Foundation will allow us to dedicate even more funds to new community outreach programs, to building Christian Education for our children and adults, and enhancing our worship experiences together.”
Families and individuals who have indicated their intention to include the Saint Michael and All Angels Foundation in their planned giving are recognized by membership in the All Angels Society, which currently has more than 100 active members. For information on the Foundation and planned giving, contact Lowell Duncan, Director of Legacy Planning at [email protected]