History of the Foundation
As Westwood church grew in both membership and mission, a small group of members were interested in ensuring the future of the church mission. It became clear to this group of leaders that a foundation, tied to the mission of the church but as a separate entity, would help ensure a future with opportunities and the ability to reach beyond the walls of the church.
The Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation was founded in July of 1973 by visionary Westwood Lutheran Church leaders. It was chartered as a separate nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of Minnesota. The first Board of Directors included Dr. Donald Bell, Robert Boeder, Eugene Booth, Lois Coon, Alvin Haugen, Noreen Johnson, Ralph Martinson, Don Padilla and Robert Skare.
A gift to the foundation is a gift to the future.
How it Works
The first gifts received by the Foundation - as well as the many subsequent gifts - remain in place today and continue to grow. The earnings are given as grants, consistent with the dreams and aspirations of the original givers.
Since 1973, the Foundation has been entrusted with gifts from members and friends of the congregation. The gifts are often memorials for a family member, close friend, or a beloved member of our congregation.
Individuals leave a gift to the Foundation to achieve their personal aspirations for the church and community
Families set up special funds to provide for a favorite area of ministry, such as music or education
Gifts are given in honor of special occasions such as graduations, anniversaries or retirements
Gifts made for estate planning purposes benefit the giver as well as the foundation
Many Westwood members give regularly to the foundation as part of their annual giving
In each case, the purpose is the same: to support the mission and outreach of Westwood Lutheran Church.
Gifts to the Foundation live on.
Only the income is used for grants.
The Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation is a Minnesota non-profit organization chartered to receive and administer funds for the religious, educational and charitable activities of Westwood Lutheran Church. Two types of funds are managed by the foundation. The Endowment Fund, the largest, receives undesignated gifts whereas various Designated Funds are established for gifts to be used for specific purposes.
The Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation is governed by a board of directors, consisting of Westwood members who typically serve a 4-year term. The board is charged with the fiduciary responsibility of preserving and growing gifts by making prudent investment decisions. The earnings are disseminated in the form of grants, consistent with the guidance and intentions of the original givers.
The 2019-2020 Board of Directors
The following members are serving as officers during 2019-2020
Marcy Redmond President
Beth Johnson Vice President
John Racek Treasurer
Steve Bergland Secretary
Friends of the Foundation are typically former board members who have completed their terms. The 2019-2020 Friends of the Foundation are: