Note: Women of the ELCA is raising $1 million for Katie’s Fund (officially the Katharina von Bora Luther Fund), an endowment that supports mission and ministry. Today’s blog and the one last week offer our readers background information about Women of the ELCA and the campaign. After reading both blogs, readers will be better equipped to make a contribution to the campaign 2122: Growing Katie’s Fund for the next 100 years.
Katie’s Fund, an endowment created in 1997, honors the legacy of Katharina von Bora Luther, seeking to raise up bold leaders and enable bold and creative ministry for generations to come. You can learn more about the extraordinary life of Katie Luther in a free resource, A Bold Life of Faith (English and Spanish).
The annual budget of Women of the ELCA supports a no-frills operation and leaves little funding for special initiatives or unexpected ministry opportunities. That’s where Katie’s Fund steps in. It supports opportunities beyond the annual operating budget, offering funding for ministries and activities in leadership development, global connections, and living theology.
By increasing Katie’s Fund through 2122: Growing Katie’s Fund for the next 100 years, the organization will be able to support special initiatives and unexpected ministry opportunities into the next century. Women of the ELCA can expand the footprint, reach, and impact of women’s leadership and ministry in the church for the sake of the world.
Women of all ages and abilities can support the vision of a future where women continue to lead the church in new and innovative ways. We all have the opportunity and the joy of leaving a legacy to equip future leaders.
- 2122: Growing Katie’s Fund for the next 100 years launched in June 2022
- Funds raised through the campaign will continue to be used to support ministry in three areas: leadership development, global
connections, and living theology
- Estate gifts, appreciated assets, gifts of stock, and cash are all vehicles by which a gift can be made to the campaign
- The campaign begins by focusing on individual giving; at a future point, groups of women, such as congregational units or circles, will be encouraged to contribute
To learn more about 2122: Growing Katie’s Fund for the next 100 years, visit the Katie’s Fund page where you’ll also find information about contributing to the campaign.
Linda, Thank you for your quick response. I will share the information with the women at my church.
What type of investments does WELCA use to grow the contributions given for Katie’s fund? During our monthly (church) WELCA board meeting, we were discussing a donation to Katie’s Fund and one of ladies wanted to know how the donations are grown to provide years of funding.
That’s a great question, Janet. Women of the ELCA has invested Katie’s Fund with the ELCA Foundation. Katie’s Fund is invested in the foundation’s Ministry Growth Fund. You can read more about that fund at https://elca.org/Give/ELCA-Foundation/Services-for-Congregations/Ministry-Growth-Fund?_ga=2.140577973.626476853.1664403597-1724224603.1663946278.
Please let me know if I am making an ongoing gift of $10 each month to Katie’s Fund. This is what I want to do but am not sure this has happened and if not want to make this happen now. Let me know how I can make it happen if it is not ahppening.
Judy, I’ll check things out and get back to you next week.