Rooted in the Spirit...
Growing In Faith...
Reaching Out In Love...
Trinity is called to be a generous, gracious,
Growing in Faith and Reaching out in Love.
The Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
provides a means for receiving and managing
income-producing gifts and distributing the
income in accordance with the desires of the
donor, Trinity's Constitution and bylaws, and
the Fund bylaws.
Gifts of $5,000 or over may be designated by the
donors as to how and to whom the income shall
be distributed. Gifts may also be undesignated,
whereby the Endowment Board determines the
recipient. All recipients must be benevolent
Christian ministries of the ELCA or its
A five member board administers the fund and determines distributions. The Board is elected by Trinity's congregation at
the annual meeting. By including Trinity in your estate planning, your benevolence makes a long-term positive impact on
our congregation, the church, and our community.
Our church Endowment Fund supports a wide range of ministries. Each year, thousands of dollars are awarded to youth
of our church who are pursuing higher education. We also support our members who go to seminary. Approximately
$1,000 a year goes to sponsor our vibrant youth program. Our youth are leaders in the Synod. The fund also gives
scholarships to young families in need of assistance so their children can have a quality Christian education at our
preschool. Finally, we also support two homes for assisted living run by Valley Lutheran Retirement Homes.
How to Give:
“There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of
what was sold. They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4: 34-35 NRSV
You can give by either contacting the Trinity Lutheran Church office or for professional assistance call the Lutheran
Community Foundation at 1-800-365-4172.
The tradition of charitable giving was part of the beginnings of the Christian Church. Trinity Lutheran Church continues
this tradition of giving in a variety of ways, one of which is giving to our Endowment Fund. Our endowment fund provides
a way for your gift to continue the charitable work of Trinity for years to come.
It doesn't require great wealth to make a gift. One hundred gifts of $100 to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
continue giving just as do gifts of $10,000. For more information about giving to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment
Trinity Lutheran Church
191 S. Columbia St.
Hemet, CA 92544
Donors can make contributions to the Endowment Fund by a variety of methods. Gifts of all sizes and in many forms are
Cash: A gift of cash is one way to realize your charitable objectives. Cash gifts qualify as a charitable deduction for
federal tax purposes and are fully deductible up to fifty percent (50%) of your adjusted gross income in the year that the
gift is made. Deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forwards up to five (5) additional years.
Securities: Gifts of appreciated securities (readily marketable stocks and bonds, and stock in closely held companies)
can also be given to the Endowment Fund. You can avoid the recognition of capital gains tax and deduct the full current
fair market value of the gift of securities, equaling up to thirty percent (30%) of your adjusted gross income in the year of
the gift. Deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward up to five (5) additional years.
Bequests and Memorials: Through your will, you can perpetuate good works with a living memorial. The Endowment Fund
can be a beneficiary of all or a portion of your estate, the recipient of a specific devise or the ultimate beneficiary of a
charitable remainder trust. The value of the devise is deductible for federal tax purposes. In addition, any funeral
memorials that are contributed in your memory can be directed to the Endowment Fund.
If you are considering a gift to the Endowment Fund, you are encouraged to seek advice in putting together a plan that is
best suited to your personal situation. The Endowment Fund is held by the Lutheran Community Foundation in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Foundation provides sound responsible investment management of the Endowment Fund,
as well as gift expertise through its experienced professional staff. The staff of the Foundation is available to work with
you and your attorney, financial advisor and accountant to facilitate a charitable gift that benefits the Endowment Fund
and fits your individual needs and motivations. The Lutheran Community Foundation is located at:
625 Fourth Avenue South Suite 1415
Minneapolis, MN 55415
On line at: www.theLCF.org
Neal Christensen - Chairman