Mission Endowment Fund

Introduction:  The Mission Endowment Fund at Good Shepherd, established in 1994, is intended for grants and scholarships for students attending ELCA colleges and universities or Valparaiso, an independent Lutheran university.  Only 4% of the market value of the fund is available annually for distribution.  

Current Need:  The Mission Endowment Fund Committee  has concluded that the allowed fund distribution will not meet the need of future eligible scholarship and grant applications.  Thus, the Committee has launched an initiative to invite generosity to support this fund.  

Adult Forum:  The Mission Endowment Fund Committee is planning an Adult Forum scheduled for April 18, 2021, to discuss aspirations for the fund in light of Good Shepherd membership growth.  Questions regarding the fund can be directed to Pastor Amy or any member of the Endowment Fund Committee (Brian Solberg, Jerry Bruce, John Jefferson, Dick Wuest).  

Giving:  Good Shepherd members recognize the opportunity to give a gift that keeps giving because investment returns magnify the impact of original gifts.  Just as annual stewardship giving is a chance to return to God a portion of our annual income, contributions to the endowment fund provide a means to share the accumulated gifts which God has given us as support for Good Shepherd’s mission and ministry to ELCA students.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Mission Endowment Fund, you can either write a check to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with MEF in the memo line, or use Tithe.ly Online Giving and enter MEF in the note/memo box.  

You can also make contributions to the Good Shepherd Mission Endowment Fund in your will, establish a charitable trust, gift real estate, or designate life insurance policies with the MEF as the primary or partial beneficiary. Direct gifts of stocks, bonds, or real and personal property may be given as an excellent method of supporting ELCA students. 

To learn more, please contact the office at 563-382-3963 or decorahgoodshepherd@gmail.com

Video Testimonies:  A play list of video testimonies from 2020 scholarship recipients will be posted below as they become available.

Erik Johnson