In 2002, the Executive of the General Council of the United Church of Canada created the Foundation and, in so doing, formed an arm’s-length body that is expert in the management of the trusts and endowments that support the United Church now and in perpetuity.
Over 250 people, known as Founders, helped establish the Foundation by making a gift of at least $1,000. Their gifts were matched by a grant from the United Church of Canada’s Morrison Bequest Fund.
Now, the Foundation manages 40 endowments totalling approximately $4 million and, in conjunction with the United Church, oversees the granting of funds from both the Foundation’s endowments and the church’s trusts and endowments.
The endowments lodged with the Foundation were created by generous United Church people like you who want to make a difference in the church and in our world. Endowments have been created to support the United Church Archives, specific congregations, and the Mission & Service Fund, in addition to the broad Mission Focus Funds established by the Foundation’s board. Please contact Foundation staff or your regional Financial Development Officer to talk about how you can create or contribute to an endowment fund.
As part of the Foundation’s mission to support the church, the Foundation provides direct support to congregations by facilitating gifts of securities and making known the opportunity for congregations, presbyteries, conferences, and United Church–related institutions to invest in the same Balanced Fund the Foundation is invested in.
Foundation staff welcome any questions you have about the Foundation’s history, mission, and activities. You may reach us at 1-866-340-8223 or by e-mail.