The Westminster Endowment Fund

 
Equipping the Saints for the work for ministry and building up the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12)

Endowment Fund Purpose

The Endowment Fund is a separate financial entity of Westminster Presbyterian Church.  See the Endowment Fund Bylaws.

The Endowment Fund was established in 1981 for members to make legacy donations with the knowledge that the value of their gifts will be maintained over time through solid investment strategy.

Only income as defined by the Endowment Fund Investment Management and Spending Policy can be used to support and perpetuate Westminster's mission.

How the Endowment Fund Works

A Board of Managers administers the Endowment Fund.  Managers are elected by the congregation and may serve three-year terms.

The Board of Managers administers the assets of the Fund as well as the disbursement of Fund income, made through Session-endorsed grants.

How Can I Participate?

Pray.
That the Endowment Fund is used faithfully to build up the Body of Christ.  Amen.

Inquire.
Seek the knowledge about programs and projects supported by Endowment Fund Grants.  Think prayerfully about creative "seed" projects that would engage WPC members in missions and apply for a grant to initiate the project.

Give.
The Endowment Fund serves a purpose different from Westminster's normal on-going programs that are supported by the annual budget.  Therefore, support of the Fund is encouraged to be in addition to - not at the expense of - stewardship giving.

Gifts can be made at any time and in any amount.

  • Make checks payable to:  "Endowment Fund of Westminster Presbyterian Church"
  • Transfer security, real estate, or other assets.
  • Name the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your will or life insurance policy.
  • Contribute through a Life Income Agreement (charitable gift annuity, charitable trust, etc.).

Please see any member of the Board of Managers for more details or about making a gift.

Endowment Fund Grant Guidelines

An Endowment Fund Grant is a grant that is approved for a program or project that meets required criteria and exemplifies creative expressions of Westminster's mission. For more information see the Endowment Fund Grant Procedures.
An Endowment Fund Grant must:

  • advance the religious or charitable purposes of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
  • be sponsored by a member of WPC.
  • be for a project or program funding that, by definition, would not be part of a normal operating budget.
  • be on a unique or one-time basis.
  • be approved by the Board of Managers and receive Session endorsement.

Procedure for Requesting Grants

Each request for a grant must be submitted to the Endowment Fund using the Request for Endowment Fund Grant form.  You can enter information directly into the form, then print, sign, and return it to the church office.  You can also print the form first, then complete, sign, and return to the office.     

The 2017 grant application deadlines are:
February 2, May 4, August 3, and November 2

The Board will review the applications received and respond approximately two weeks after the deadline.  Recipients of grants will provide feedback using the Grant Recipient Feedback form upon completion of the project and will share the results at an Endowment Fund Board of Managers meeting.  You can enter information directly into the form, then print and return to the church office.  You can also print the form first, then complete and return to the office.

What the Fund Supports

Grants from the Westminster Endowment Fund support a number of requests that include projects of direct benefit to the church and our mission partnerships. For more guidelines for grant seekers click here. Church members are encouraged to make a gift to the Endowment Fund to support important mission priorities.  Church members are also encouraged to submit grant requests which are carefully evaluated by the Endowment Fund Board of Managers using approved criteria.  To read a sampling of the outcomes of some of the grants distributed see The Westminster Endowment Fund in Action.  

Grants are balanced between local missions, non-local missions, and new Westminster programs. 

 

Following are some examples of projects supported by the Fund.  

New Westminster Programs Initially supported by the Endowment Fund
Celebrate Recovery
Imago Dei Youth Partnership to Honduras
Global Leadership Summit
WPC's Audio/Visual System
Worship Band Music Album

Local Missions
Good Works
Adult Care of Chester County
Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter
Brandywine & Red Clay Association transportation for a Summer Camp

Non-Local (National & International) Missions
Serving at the Crossroads
Estado 29 Orphanage
WPC Living Waters Living Waters Training

View a presentation for even more details on projects that have benefited from the Endowment Fund.

Contact Information

Please contact the Endowment Fund President, Robbe Healey, for more information.  Additional members of the Board are Rachel Frost, Ken Hutton, Sam Evans, Chris Linzey, Terry Brewer, Fran Atkinson, Robbe Healey, and Tim Krenz.