The Foundation of St. Andrew’s2021-02-10T13:57:18-06:00

Celebration of Life Conversation – April 29, 10 am

Celebration of Life Conversation
Thursday, April 29, 2021
10 am – Noon
Online via Zoom

Presented by St. Andrew’s Congregational Care Ministry and The Foundation of St. Andrew’s

Are you interested in learning more about how to make end of life decisions that work best for you and your family? Are you helping your parents navigate end of life plans?  Take the time now to help plan health, estate planning and memorial options.

St. Andrew’s staff and community partners will present on:

Memorial service and funeral planning
Mapping your end of life choices with Advance Health Care Directives
Hospice and palliative care
Estate planning: Leaving a legacy of giving

Register today! Instructions on how to connect via Zoom will be sent to you. Register by April 8 to receive complimentary tea and shortbread to enjoy during this event! 

Three ways to register:

  1. Call Christa Getchell, Executive Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s, at 651.762.9102
  2. Send an email to
  3. Use the link below:

The Foundation of St. Andrew’s

A ministry to the heartfelt legacies of donors, and a service to the internal and extended ministries of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church

As you navigate changes in your life, we can help you with your estate planning.  You can support both the ministries of St. Andrew’s and your family when you make a charitable bequest, a gift made without using your current resources.

The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a nonprofit organization and a separate 501(c)(3) from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, established in 2000 to provide funds for religious and charitable needs outside the scope of the annual budget of the congregation.

God calls The Foundation to support St. Andrews’ missional efforts:

Serve – in Christ’s name through careful stewardship of donor assets
Inform – about generosity as an extension of faith and witness to God’s mission
Connect – donors with resources to translate their heartfelt intentions into charitable legacies

Vision: All members of our church community will consider a legacy gift that will say Thank You to God for all that we have been given.

Foundation of St. Andrew’s At A Glance

  • Donations to The Foundation are separate and distinct from day-to-day operating funds of the church. Over the past years, St. Andrew’s Foundation has funded Mission Jamaica and Vision Slovakia; TreeHouse; supported our Music Ministry, the St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center and Habitat for Humanity; provided funding for Spark Bibles for kids; and supported seminary students.
  • Through these gifts, The Foundation seeks to match donor intentions with ministries that serve the needs of people in Christ’s name in the community, the nation, and around the world.
  • Directors of The Foundation have the legal and financial responsibility to preserve gifts and to make careful investment decisions using annually-produced income to fund Foundation distributions. We help our members identify their values and create personal legacies which enrich their faith and extend the ministries of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.
  • For more information, or to talk with someone about entrusting your legacy to The Foundation, contact Christa Getchell, Executive Director of The Foundation at: or 651.762.9102.

Ways to Give

Some ways to leave a legacy through The Foundation of St. Andrew’s:
• Make a one-time or recurring gift to one of The Foundation’s endowed funds
• Donate stocks, bonds, or other appreciated assets which can provide significant tax value to you while funding your missional interests
• Give while you’re living and see your gift at work, or
• Plan an end-of-life gift through your Will or Trust by designating a specific dollar amount or percentage of assets to The Foundation
• Name The Foundation as a beneficiary or partial beneficiary of your:
—IRA, 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plan
—Life insurance policy or an annuity
• Create a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust
Gifts are normally tax deductible though donors should always seek advice from their tax professionals to ensure your intentions are being met.

What does the Foundation fund?

read our fy2020 annual report

Please Let Us Know!

Please let The Foundation know if you intend to make a planned gift to support the internal and/or extended ministries of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Simply complete the appropriate Letter of Intent below and return it to:

The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi, MN 55115

Foundation Letter of Intent
Mission Jamaica < $10,000 Letter of Intent
Mission Jamaica $10,000+ Letter of Intent

Tools and Resources To Guide You

Giving Benefits of the CARES Act

View our brochure 

Download our Estate Planning Workbook 2020

Foundation Board Members:

Christa Getchell, Executive Director,, 651.762.9102

Steve Bachman
Keith Beckman
Bob Cedergren
Tom Dosland
Bruce Langager
Garwin Lenander
Cathy Longtin
Warren Luckner
Bill Miller
Sharon Pfeiffer
Tim Torgerson

Ex-officio voting members:
Pr. Michael Carlson, Lead Pastor
Christa Getchell, Executive Director

Ex-officio non-voting members:
Ronda Sowada


Q. If I make a donation to The Foundation may I designate a specific use for my gifts?
A. Yes. Donors may designate where they want their gifts directed. They may also leave that decision to the board’s discretion.

Q. Is there a minimum gift amount?
A. No, not for a gift to an established endowed fund. However there is a minimum of $10,000 to create a new dedicated endowed fund which will also require approval from the board.

Q. If I donate to The Foundation will it be used in the annual budget of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church?
A. No. The Foundation of St. Andrew’s is a separate 501(c)(3) organization from the church.

Q. Is my gift tax deductible?
A. The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Gifts are normally tax deductible though donors should always seek advice from their tax professionals to ensure their intentions are being met.

Q. How do I include The Foundation of St. Andrew’s in my estate plans?
A. Please reach out to our executive director or any board member (listed above) for help in getting started with a bequest to The Foundation. We are here to help you and your attorney formalize your charitable intentions.

Q. Does everyone need to have a Will?
A. Absolutely, Yes! No matter how large or modest your estate may be, the people you love will appreciate formal documents to guide them through the difficulties following your death. Families often struggle during this stressful time figuring out and coming to agreement with what to do with our loved ones’ assets. The Foundation can assist in connecting you with resources to help create these necessary documents.

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