Dear Siblings in Christ,
Twenty-one years ago, Emmanuel was blessed by a generous gift from John T. Vucurevich. John was a longtime member and generous benefactor of our parish before his death in 2005. His large donation is managed by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, which provides Emmanuel with an annual check drawn from the interest on the gift managed by the foundation. Historically, the amount given to the Grants Committee has been between $35,000 and $50,000. The Grants Committee then reviews grant applications from inside and outside the parish and makes a recommendation to the Vestry as to which groups or ministries should receive an award and a suggested amount. The Vestry has the final vote on which groups receive a grant and the amount that is awarded.
In recent years, outside organizations like Church Response, Love INC, Volunteers of America, the Hope Center, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, and Cornerstone Rescue Mission have been beneficiaries of John’s legacy and Emmanuel’s generosity. Inside the parish, grants have been awarded to the Letter Carriers for Emmanuel’s sponsorship of their canned food drive, Celebration Dinners, Trinity-Wall Street’s “Creating Common Good” broadcast at Emmanuel, a new bike rack, and the Confirmation Retreat at Terra Sancta.
The Emmanuel Episcopal Grants Program Guidelines put forth by Mr. Vucurevich stipulates: “The purpose of the Emmanuel Episcopal Grants Program is to provide funds to make possible specific projects or programs. These can be programs or projects within or outside the parish. Any outside grant must be sponsored by a parishioner of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Depending on the specific needs or demands created in any given year, all of the available funds may be allocated within the parish. The ratio of funds allocated within as opposed to outside the parish may change from year to year depending on the circumstances, with the goal being 60% within the parish and 40% outside the parish.”
Our ‘inside the parish’ requests have been minimal compared to the ‘outside the parish’ requests. This past year, for instance, we awarded $39,384.00 to ‘outside’ groups, but only $5,500.00 to ‘inside’ groups. That’s a far cry from ‘60% within the parish and 40% outside the parish’!
It’s time for our parishioners to start brainstorming ideas! If there is a program or project that you’d like us to consider, then think through the details and apply for a grant. We’re making it as easy as possible on everyone to get in on the action. A grant request form is included in this newsletter on page XX and should be submitted before the deadline of October 31, 2016. Note that grants are not given to the same program every year; therefore if your idea is a recurring program, grant money can’t be counted upon to sustain it for the long term. It is not the intent of the endowment to become part of our operating budget since John did not want his gift to “interfere with stewardship within the Church.”
Also, as you consider projects or programs, please keep in mind the mission of Emmanuel: ‘To Know our Lord and To Make Him Known.’ John’s gift is one of generous love rooted in his faith in Jesus Christ. Let us honor John’s gift and memory in the coming year!
What ideas and dreams do you have for our parish?
In Jesus Christ our Lord,