The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees who are members of Central. The Foundation’s purpose is to receive gifts, to hold the principal of such gifts in perpetuity and to give the income growth of these gifts to Central.

Through the gifts of many, the Central Lutheran Foundation provides vital financial support to the ministry of Central Lutheran Church. Established with an initial bequest in 1942 of one thousand dollars in a member’s will, the Foundation continues to provide energy and financial resources to Central Lutheran Church as it lives out its mission to celebrate, discover, and share the love of Christ in the city and the world beyond.

Currently through gifts and investment growth the Foundation’s assets exceed $17 million dollars and provide about $800,000 to support the overall mission and benevolence goals of the congregation. Through the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Central Lutheran Foundation funds are professionally managed by GS Investments, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

There are many ways to give!

Gifts of any amount are welcome. You may make gifts with cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, real estate, and personal property. Your gift may be given in different ways:

  • Bequest made as part of your will or living trust
  • Memorial in memory of family and friends
  • Cash donation
  • Gift in honor of family and friends
  • Planned gift through charitable annuities or trusts
  • Beneficiary designation through life insurance
  • Planned gifts by means of retirement fund assets

All giving is unique to the donor’s situation.

Become a legacy partner!

Central’s Legacy Partners are members and friends of Central Lutheran Church who have made a commitment to include the Central Lutheran Foundation in their estate planning or planned giving. Their purpose is to celebrate and encourage others in their “legacy giving” to Central. Legacy partners receive a unique crystal engraved with an image of Central’s historic sanctuary and are recognized at a banquet and in other ways throughout the year.

Legacy Partners Profile:

Bob Boldt: Jack of All Trades

“1928 was a big year—Central dedicated its sanctuary on April 1 and Bob was born in Faribault on November 2.” So begins Bob Boldt’s obituary, which, like everything Bob does, is unique, artistic and witty.

An only child, he was christened Robert Edward, after his mother vetoed “Herman.” On Easter Sunday of 1943, he was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Faribault.

Art and music pervade every phase of Bob’s life. From his studies at the Minneapolis School of Art, now MCAD, to 38 years as an art director/graphic designer for Dayton’s and Target. His attendance at Minnesota Orchestra concerts, and musically oriented trips with Ovation Opera Tours to destinations such as Sarasota, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood, are among others.

While attending MCAD, he often visited Central to hear long time Central organist Marion Hutchinson, after hearing her on WCAL, the St. Olaf radio station. He later took private lessons with Marion.

His church music career started as a pianist for his home church Grace Lutheran, in Rochester, Minn., where he and his parents were a founding members. At Central, he played the piano for worship services conducted for the neighborhood by Pastor Cherian Puthiyottil.

Bob progressed from playing the piano in Rochester to a pump organ, then a one manual, two manual and finally a pipe organ at Grace. In fact, he had an organ in his Minneapolis apartment to get ready for Sundays in Rochester.

Bob retired from The Target Corporation in the 1980s, just when computers were coming in, and he does not own or use a computer today.

Bob has been very generous in designing logos and covers for Central, as well as the logo for Central Lutheran Church Foundation.

His Central committees include Fine Art, Funeral Reception, C3 Environmental, Call Committee, and was the underwriter of the electronic sign installed in Central’s north plaza in 2016.

The Legacy Partners of the Central Lutheran Church Foundation can say “Thank you Bob” for providing for Central in many years to come.

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More information

For more information about the Central Lutheran Foundation and helpful charitable giving resources, contact:

Inez Bergquistinez-berquist-sm
Director of Development
651-260-6312
foundation@centralmpls.org

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Foundation Documents

Foundation Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Arlan R. Abel
Emilie A. Anderson (not pictured)
Joyce H. Anderson
Kay H. Dixon
Patrick J. Egan (not pictured)
Scott H. Fisher
Larry A. Gregerson
James R. Heintz, Secretary/Treasurer
Charles Scheiderer
Steven A. Studt
Shirley A. Teig, Vice President
Bonnie J. Weisenburger, President

Mark A. Gassedelen, Executive Secretary

Ex-officio Members
Pastor Peter Nycklemoe
Dave West
Robert “Obie” Holmen