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What is the Mindekirken Foundation?
Mindekirken Foundation provides an opportunity for a perpetual gift to be given to the mission of The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church – Mindekirken.
Klubb 500 Committee is the fundraising arm for the Mindekirken Foundation and sponsors the annual Julebord event – a traditional Norwegian feast held during the Christmas season.
Management of the Foundation
Mindekirken Foundation is a nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors who are members of Mindekirken. Current Board of Directors are: Lee Brown – Chair, Jennifer Thue – Secretary, Magne Hatlevik – Treasurer, Jana Aune Deach, Dennis Sorheim and ex-officio members: Orlyn Kringstad and Robert Hanson. The Directors work collaboratively with the Pastor and elected leadership of the congregation. The funds are professionally managed by GS Investments, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Purpose of the Foundation
The Foundation’s purpose is to receive gifts, to hold the principle of such gifts in perpetuity and to give the income growth of these gifts to The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church – Mindekirken.
How can I become a donor?
The Foundation welcomes gifts of any amount! You may make gifts with cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, real estate and appreciated assets. 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
Your gifts may be sent to:
The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2952
Distribution of Fund Income
The purpose of the fund is to provide annual distributions beyond the operating budget of this congregation. Distributions are not intended for ordinary church operation. Grants are made once a year. The deadline for grant applications is January 15th of each year. If you are interested in applying for a grant, contact the foundation at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or call the office at 612.874.0716 or download and print the Mindekirken Grant Application form.
In 1999, a group called Klubb 500 had a dream of establishing a fund of $500,000 as a source of income to help sustain Mindekirken’s life and mission. They began fundraising and deposited their first $100 check in 2000. As fundraising continued, it was decided that a legally established foundation, with a clearly stated purpose, organizational structure, procedures and, most importantly, strong and definite ties to Mindekirken, was needed. A foundation would provide the necessary vehicle for the successful administration of gifts and endowments given for the purpose of providing financial support far into Mindekirken’s future.
The Mindekirken Foundation was officially incorporated in 2009. Since then, the Foundation has made several grants to groups working on projects throughout the church.
Email us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or call the office at 612.874.0716.