Mission Endowment Fund

2018 MEF Grant Application

Resurrection Lutheran Church (RLC) administers funds to a number of organizations and ministries working to serve people locally and globally. Thanks to the generous gifts we received from the estates of Irving Anderson and Frank Thomas, and many others through the years, RLC established our Mission Endowment Fund (MEF) in January of 2002.

This is a fund that exists in perpetuity; its purpose is to secure that future generations will be witnesses to the ministries and gifts of our congregation and denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Every member of RLC can contribute to this important fund. Consider making a contribution to the MEF in one or more of the following ways:

  • Cash
  • Stock of appreciated securities
  • Bequest via will or living trust
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Life insurance (paid-up policy assigned to RLC)
  • Retirement plan beneficiary designations

The assets of our fund are invested through the ELCA Foundation and the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. Pending the fund’s performance, the MEF Committee, reporting to the Church Council, will make up to 5% of the market value of the entire fund available annually as grants for the following purposes:

  • 30% for Mission ministries of the ELCA
  • 25% for Mission ministries of our community
  • 25% for RLC Ministries
  • 20% for Ministries to be determined by the MEF Committee

Applications are accepted by the fund’s committee in the fall for grants made the following January. Grants typically average $2,000 and are given to a wide variety of organizations and projects.

*For grant application information, contact our office. *Make a donation to support the Mission Endowment Fund

Past Grant Recipients

  • 2016
    • Carlson Community Services - $860
      Magic After School Place - homework support, snacks and activities
    • Chicago Books to Women in Prison, GRE Preparation Books - $1395
      The Home State Project
    • Circles and Ciphers - $1395
      Young Men’s Hip Hop Group
    • Holy Family Church - $2000
      After School Program
    • Holy Family Ministries - $2000
      Holy Family School Chaplaincy and School Counselor
    • North Side Housing & Supportive Services - $500
      Client Assistance Funds
    • Refugee One - $2000
      Refugee Assistance Fund
    • Resurrection Preschool - $1500
      Mosaic Project
    • The Night Ministry - $2000
      The Crib emergency overnight youth shelter
  • 2015
    • Holy Family Ministries - $2,000
      Chaplaincy and school counselor
    • Savior Divine Lutheran Church - $750
      Bus initiative for elderly and special needs members
    • Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries - $750
      Proclaim gathering
    • Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) - $1,500
      Curriculum development for training pastors and lay leaders in interfaith relations
    • Refugee One - $2,175
      Refugee assistance fund
    • The Night Ministry - $2,000
      The Crib emergency overnight youth shelter
    • Lakeview Pantry - $2,000
      Food distribution and social services
    • ONE Northside - $1,000
      Youth leadership development project
    • Carlson Community Services - $500
      Magic After School Place - homework support, snacks and activities
    • Still Point Theatre Collective - $675
      The Persephone Project, theatre workshops in Chicago-area detention centers including Cook County and Lake County jails
    • Heshima Kenya - $2,000
      Empowering refugee girls in Kenya
    • Chicago Books to Women in Prison - $1,350
      The Home State Project
  • 2014
    • Holy Family Ministries - $2,000
      Holy Family School, Chaplain and Counselor
    • Circles and Ciphers - $1,000
      Restorative Justice Program; Community Peace Circle
    • The Night Ministry - $500
      The Crib, youth shelter
    • Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars) - $1,000
      IT Development and Training for youth
    • Chicago Coaltion for the Homeless - $500
      Youth Futures Mobile Legal Aid Clinic
    • Care for Real - $1,000
      Pet pantry for seniorsprogram
    • Savior Divine Lutheran Church - $800
      To provide bus services to the elderly and special needs members to attend their weekly church service and make a stop to get groceries
    • Lakeview Pantry - $500
      Food distribution and Social Services
    • Common Pantry - $1,500
      Common Community, social services
    • GoodCity NFP - $1,000
      Social Fellowship Incubator Program, developing website templates for nonprofit organizations
    • Chicago Books to Women in Prison - $800
      Journal Program for Women in Prison
    • South Loop Campus Ministry - $2,000
      Takin’ it to the Streets/community meal, feeding the homeless
    • Heshima Kenya - $700
      Empowering Refugee Girls in Kenya
    • Resurrection Lutheran Church - $1,000
      Provides a gift at each baptism of a $50 investment in the Mission Investment Fund, introducing children to stewardship and the principles of smart investing while they become involved in the life of the church
  • 2013
    • Lawrence Hall Youth Services - $2,000
      Expressive therapies program
    • Chicago Books to Women in Prison - $1,500
      To cover postage to clear the backlog of requests for books from women in prison
    • Resurrection Preschool - $1,570
      Backyard play space improvements
    • Carlson Community Services - $2,000
      Magic After School Place - homework support, snacks and activities
    • Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) - $2,100
      Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) tuition scholarships
    • Savior Divine Lutheran Church - $1,580
      To provide bus services to the elderly and special needs members to attend their weekly church service and make a stop to get groceries
    • Lutheran Campus Ministry - $750
      Expand efforts to offer weekly community breakfast
    • Refugee One - $1,000
      Strengthen families – seniors program to assist in adjusting to a new community, often for non-English speaking adults
    • Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church - $1,500
      Mission plan - portion of monthly stipend for Pastor John Roberts
    • Resurrection Lutheran Church - $1,000
      Provides a gift at each baptism of a $50 investment in the Mission Investment Fund, introducing children to stewardship and the principles of smart investing while they become involved in the life of the church
  • 2012
    • Carlson Community Services - $1,000
      To assist the Magic After School Place in providing academic support to low-income youths
    • First Lutheran Church of the Trinity - $1,500
      To create a conductive space at the church for pastor care and counseling
    • Heshima Kenya - $500
      To empower refugee girls in Kenya by ensuring their most basic needs are met
    • Lutheran Campus Ministry - $600
      To enable them to expand their support of The Night Ministry
    • Resurrection After School Program - $2,500
      To provide tuition assistance for low-income families at our church’s after-school program
    • Resurrection Lutheran Church - $1,000 To provide a gift at each baptism by making a $50 investment in the Mission Investment Fund to introduce children to stewardship and the principles of smart investing while they become involved in the life of the church
    • Resurrection Lutheran Church volunteers - $500
      To support our “Welcoming Isaiah 16” program to resettle refugee families
    • Savior Divine Lutheran Church - $1,000
      To provide bus service to the elderly and special needs members to attend their weekly church service
    • Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education - $2,400
      To provide tuition assistance for pastors, lay ministers and seminarians to receive a theological education that has an urban ministry focus to equip church leaders for effective ministry in the black urban church and community
    • United by Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church - $1,500
      To develop the church’s Haven for Tots Daycare’s Creative Arts Program serving low-income families
    • West Suburban Senior Services - $1,500
      To provide hot meals for seniors in the Proviso Township area every week day throughout the year