Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation

The Trinity Church Foundation was established by the congregation of Trinity Church at the annual meeting in January of 1991. The Foundation's sole purpose is to receive, invest, and distribute funds for the benefit of Trinity Lutheran Church. The Foundation articles of incorporation provide that funds can be used for missions at home and abroad, for outreach in the community, for scholarships and grants, for capital improvements or special programs which would not ordinarily be included in the budget of Trinity Church.


The Foundation receives no funding from the Church, only from gifts and donations specifically designated for the Foundation. The cost of providing support for the many projects is great, and the need for additional gifts and donations is ongoing. Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has provided in excess of $190,000 in financial support for the missions, special programs, and capital improvements for Trinity Church. Just recently the Foundation has supported the church air conditioning project, pastoral education, and making the Lutheran Magazine available to the congregation. Past major projects which the Foundation has assisted in funding include: Challenge grants of $10,000 of the church window project, $5,000 for the organ restoration project, $5,000 for the heating system project, and $5,000 for the air conditioning project.


How can you participate in the Foundation programs:

  • Make a donation of cash, securities, or real estate that will be available now or in the future

  • Name the Foundation in your will or estate

  • Name the Foundation as a beneficiary in your insurance policy

  • Contribute to the Foundation as a memorial gift


You are invited to obtain additional information by contacting the pastor, church office, or any member of the Foundation board.

The Request for Funds form can be accessed here.

The Foundation administers two scholarships for members of Trinity Lutheran Church – the Vernon E. Nelson Scholarship and the Andrew Skaar Scholarship.

The Vernon E. Nelson Scholarship is awarded to members of Trinity Lutheran Church who are in their first year of post-secondary education. The annual award will be up to $500. The money will be awarded jointly to the applicant and the school. The criterion for awarding the scholarship will be: a) personal and family financial need; b) level of activity and involvement in Trinity’s congregational life; and c) level of activity and involvement in community life.


The Andrew Skaar Scholarship is awarded to members of Trinity Lutheran Church who are in their first year of post-secondary education. The annual award will be up to $1,000. The money will be awarded jointly to the applicant and the school. The primary criterion considered for awarding the scholarship will be financial need.


In addition the church administers the Geneva Overum Scholarship.