of San MArino Community CHURCH

The Foundation of San Marino Community Church, 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 consists of those who have included the Foundation or San Marino Community Church in their estate plans.

The purpose of funds donated to The Foundation differs from regular gifts to the Stewardship Campaign or Estimates of Giving. The best way to explain these differences is in terms of a checking account verses long-term savings.

Estimates of Giving (via the Stewardship Campaign) are used to fund the operating budget for that year only, and include support for 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. Estimates of Giving act 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. In this way, it acts as a savings account for the church, providing financial stability for those expenses not foreseen in the budget.

Learn more about The Foundation of SMCC

Learn more about The Cornerstone Society

Learn about The Foundation Funds


2021 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, October 30, 2021. Grants will be announced and disbursed in late December.  

In light of COVID-19, we are implementing a fully online submission process. Please read the instructions in their entirety before submitting.

1. Click on the “2021 Foundation Mission Grant Application” below and save/download the application.

2. Email the completed application to

3. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted by the Director of Development with a unique, password protected Dropbox link to upload supporting documents, and a deadline do so.

4. Once all supporting documents have been processed, the Director of Development will confirm the status of your submission.

5. Grants will be announced and disbursed in mid-December 2021.

2021 Foundation Mission Grant Application


Thanks to the generosity of a group of donors, The Foundation of San Marino Community Church is delighted to announce the formation of a new fund honoring Jeff and Lynn O’Grady’s ministry at San Marino Community Church. The Jeff & Lynn O’Grady Theology and Culture Fund will receive funds to support the development of educational events and opportunities that center on the intersection of theology and culture by San Marino Community Church. Education is at the heart of the church's ministry, and Jeff and Lynn devoted their professional lives to building institutions of learning and faith. We are delighted to honor the O’Gradys by continuing their legacy at SMCC for generations to come and will make this new fund the focus of the 2021 Legacy Campaign. 

Learn More about The O'Grady Fund

The O'Grady Fund Summary pdf

For more information, or to make an advanced donation to the Jeff & Lynn O’Grady Theology & Culture Fund, please contact Victoria Smith, Director of Development. 


As is customary for retiring pastors, the church family is invited to make a love gift to Rev. Jeff O’Grady in advance of his retirement celebration on Sunday, April 25. A minimum desired amount has been established, and the Foundation of SMCC is receiving gifts toward that goal. There are two ways for you to contribute to this gift of appreciation for Jeff and Lynn’s faithful years of ministry at SMCC:

Option 1: Submit a contribution to the church office labeled “Attention Skip Ober Miller/O’Grady Love Gift.” Checks should be made out directly to "Rev. Jeff O’Grady." Please note that these will not be received and deposited by the O’Gradys until the end of April. These gifts will be tax free for the O’Gradys, but not tax-deductible for the donor.

Option 2: To donate anonymously, please do so through The Foundation of SMCC. Checks can be made payable to “The Foundation of SMCC” with “O’Grady Love Gift” in the memo line. These contributions are tax-deductible for the donor, but are a taxable gift for Rev. O’Grady. Following all submissions, the Foundation will ensure the minimum desired amount for the Love Gift is met.

If you have questions about any specifics related to the Love Gift, please contact Skip Ober Miller or Victoria Smith.