The Foundation of SMCC, established in 1958, creates current and future giving opportunities for members of the Church who give back, in response to God's blessings. The Foundation is an active steward of the Church's endowment, a collection of pooled and individual funds which donors have asked the Foundation to hold and invest in perpetuity. Disbursements from the endowment are distributed on an annual basis and support every aspect of the Church's ministries: children, student and adult ministries; worship and music ministries; mission grants; and care of the sanctuary, manse and physical facility. The Cornerstone Society recognizes those who have included the Foundation or San Marino Church in their estate plans.
2020 LEGACY CAMPAIGN (temporarily suspended)
Our annual Foundation Legacy Campaign remains critical to meeting the future needs of the church. Our theme this year is Handpick Your Legacy. Beginning with the service last Sunday and continuing through the next two Sunday services we will highlight these primary endowment areas of the Foundation: Facility Care and Maintenance, Christian Education, and Clergy Salaries. Those wishing to designate their gift to an alternate fund may still do so.
• Facility Care and Maintenance: A donation to this fund will allow the continuation of care and maintenance of our beautiful campus and upkeep of our facilities.
• Christian Education: A gift to this fund means our high standard of education will continue as we recruit the best teachers and speakers for adult and youth groups, create unique youth education programs, and provide scholarships for Christian education for those not financially qualified.
• Clergy Salaries: We are very proud of our pastoral staff in their critical role of providing teaching, leadership, and spiritual guidance. Gifts designated to Clergy Salaries will ensure necessary resources for future years as well as providing salary support to the church’s annual operating budget.
There are several ways to make your donation. Donations may be placed in the church offering, mailed to the church office, or made below under "MAKE A DONATION". Please note “Foundation Legacy Campaign” on your check and list your fund to Handpick Your Legacy. Thank you in advance for your support.
Many of you may be wondering how a gift to The Foundation differs from your regular gifts to the Stewardship Campaign. Estimates of Giving via Stewardship are used to fund the operating budget for that year including all of the church’s ministries and programs, and regular maintenance for the property. While the church’s budget covers daily operating expenses, it cannot absorb all necessary long-term capital improvements and special projects, and has only limited capacity for weathering difficult economic times. It acts like a checking account that allows us to meet those expenses that we can reasonably project year-to-year. Gifts to The Foundation are invested in perpetuity like a savings account, with disbursements made annually to support aspects of the church’s ministries that go above and beyond the annual operating budget. It acts as a savings account for the church, providing financial stability for those expenses not foreseen in the budget.
2020 Foundation Mission Grants
The Foundation makes grants once a year from the Mission Grants Fund, to organizations in the greater San Gabriel Valley. Grants are made only for modest capital acquisitions. Completed applications are due no later than Friday, November 6, 2020. Grants will be announced and disbursed in late December.