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.

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
bergq003@umn.edu

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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