The Foundation of St. Andrew’s

Music Ministry Fund Renamed in Honor of Jan Gilbertson

Jan Gilbertson, music director for the past 34 years, retired in August 2022. Jan has been a blessing to St. Andrew’s, and much of the musical acclaim this church has received is to her credit.  Help honor Jan’s legacy by contributing to the Foundation of St. Andrew’s newly renamed Jan Gilbertson Music Ministry Fund. With your support, we’ll keep the musical legacy of St. Andrew’s going strong for generations to come – a gift that keeps on giving!

To learn more about the Jan Gilbertson Music Ministry Fund, please contact Christa Getchell, Executive Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s at 651.762.9102 or by using our Contact Us form.

Focus On Foundation Events – 2022

Learn more about the impact that The Foundation of St. Andrew’s makes on many of our ministries, and how you can participate.   

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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. The Foundation is classified by the IRS as a non-operating private foundation (Tax ID# 41-2001359). It was established in 2000 to provide funds for religious and charitable needs outside the scope of the annual budget of the congregation.

Mission:
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: A culture of generosity prevails where all people join in sharing their heartfelt gifts, collectively fulfilling and extending God’s mission now and in the future.

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 by using our Contact Us form or by phone at 651.762.9102

Ways to Give

In partnership with The Foundation of St. Andrew’s, give while you’re living and see your gifts at work and/or leave a legacy that will give into perpetuity.

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 or as an undesignated donation
Donate stocks, bonds, or other appreciated assets which can provide significant tax value to you while funding your missional interests

If you’re age 70 1/2 or older, make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to The Foundation as part or all of your annual Required Minimum Distribution.

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
Establish a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust

Both current gifts and legacy gifts must be payable to The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church to ensure that your intentions are met. Do not shorten to St. Andrew’s or St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

Please reach out to Christa Getchell for assistance in getting started.
Gifts to 501(c)3 organizations normally receive favorable tax treatment. Donors should always seek advice from their tax advisors regarding tax treatment of donations to charitable organizations.

What does the Foundation fund?

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

Tools and Resources to Guide You

Celebration of Life event 2021- Health, estate and memorial options
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Foundation Board Members:

Christa Getchell, Executive Director
Steve Bachman
Keith Beckman
Bob Cedergren
Tom Dosland
Chris Glasoe
Bruce Langager
Cathy Longtin
Warren Luckner
Barbara Pagel
Sharon Pfeiffer
Tim Torgerson


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

Ex-officio non-voting members:
Ronda Sowada


FAQ

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 St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

Q. Is my gift tax deductible?
A. The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is classified by the IRS as a non-operating private foundation (Tax ID #41-20011369).  Gifts to 501(c)3 organizations normally receive favorable tax treatment. Donors should always seek advice from their tax advisors regarding tax treatment of donations to charitable organizations.

Q. How do I include The Foundation of St. Andrew’s in my estate plans?
A. Please reach out to our executive director Christa Getchell at 651.762.9102 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. How should I make out my check?
A. Both current gifts and legacy gifts must be payable to The Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church to ensure that your intentions are met. Do not shorten to St. Andrew’s or St. Andrew’s Church.

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.