Worship, Fellowship & Service in the Congregational Tradition
The LHC Endowment Fund provides opportunities for donors who want to make a present or future pledge where the principal will be invested rather than spent. We will use the investment income from these gifts as a way for LHC members and other donors to support LHC for the long term by strengthening the organization at its center.
Donations can be given to the Endowment Fund at any time, and we welcome such donations; more often, however, they are deferred until some future time, usually until after the donor’s lifetime via wills, trusts, life insurance, IRAs, etc.
Members considering a donation to the Endowment Fund may ask how those donations are made and how LHC will use them. When your present or deferred donation is actually paid to the Endowment Fund, it will go into an investment managed by professional investment advisors, according to policies and strategies set and periodically reviewed by the Endowment Fund Trustees. Our Endowment Fund policies specify that we will only spend the investment earnings from your gift, not the gift itself, except in extremely unusual circumstances as defined in those policies.
If your gift is valued at $5,000 or more, you can create a named fund (named for you or a family member) within our Endowment Fund.
Estate gifts should be carefully considered as part of your overall financial and estate plans. We strongly recommend that you consult an attorney and/or other professional advisors to prepare your will/trust and to supervise its execution, so that it carries out your wishes and complies with the legal requirements.
Since the Endowment Fund began, at least 32 LHC survey respondents supported the program; 25% of whom have pledged future contributions to the Endowment Fund. A number of them have shared stories about why they gave. We invite you to join them.
Anyone can make a present gift or a future pledge to the Endowment Fund. We welcome gifts and pledges in any amount--your participation is what is important to us. We are able to accept many forms of support, and we would be happy to discuss the options with you so that we can find the best way to fulfill your own goals and plans. Of course, LHC Endowment Fund is a non-profit organization, and contributions to the Endowment Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Your gift to the Endowment Fund will provide a source of permanent financial support to LHC, sustaining its long-term ability to support work that expresses your personal values. The Endowment Fund has two sub-funds to which you can direct your contribution:
Golden WingsFund, to support LHC’s historical buildings
HaloFund, to support LHC’s programs
Please keep in mind, until the Endowment Fund reaches $100,000, no funds will be dispersed, and then only the interest will be used to fund projects that are not already provided for under LHC’s normal annual operating budget.
The amount of your gift or pledge will always remain confidential, but, (unless you would prefer to remain anonymous) we will recognize your support by including your name to the Memorial Book located in the Parish Hall.
You are welcome to contact one of the LHC Endowment Trustees to discuss your plans: