Make a Long-term Investment in God's Work Through Emmanuel
Make a Long-term Investment in God's Work Through Emmanuel

Emmanuel has always been a vibrant community where people grow in faith, care for one another, and reach out to make an impact on the community.

The Planned Giving program will help ensure that our ministry is able to continue this impact into the future, focusing on new opportunities to spread the gospel.

Planned Giving refers to gifts made either during a donor’s lifetime or as a legacy (charitable estate) gift, effective upon the donor’s death.

Planned Giving at Emmanuel Webinar

The ELC Endowment Team along with Rev. Yvonne Lembo, Regional Planner for the ELCA Foundation, presented an online forum regarding:

  • How your planned gifts can provide long-term financial stability for Emmanuel and its various ministries
  • The opportunities to participate in planned giving at Emmanuel
  • The role of the ELCA Foundation and its relationship with the ELC Endowment Fund
  • Results of the recent congregational survey on legacy giving

Watch the full session here or review the materials below!

Apply for 2024
Endowment Grant Funds
Beginning january 2, 2024

Due to the amazing response and generosity of Emmanuel members and friends, the Endowment Team Grant Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the 2024 grant cycle!

The Endowment provides grants to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, including Emmanuel, to support projects or ministries that align with Emmanuel’s mission and help us carry forward God’s work in our congregation, our community, and our world in a way that extends beyond our annual operating budget.


Financial Stability & Impactful Ministry for Years to Come

In 2020, the ELC Endowment Fund was established for the purpose of encouraging planned gifts to provide sustained, long-term support for Emmanuel and its various ministries.

The Endowment Team has established the following goals for funding the ELC Endowment Fund:

  • By End of 2021 - $100,000 in lifetime planned gifts
    (i.e. non-legacy) and 24 legacy gifts expectancies
  • By June 30, 2024 - $500,000 in lifetime planned gifts
    (i.e. non-legacy) and 50 legacy gifts expectancies
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Why Give to the
ELC Endowment Fund?

An endowment is a time-honored way for non-profits of all types to establish a consistent and stable source of funding for important objectives, whether it is a specific ministry or for the care of the church facility.

Your contributed funds can have a lasting and powerful impact because the donated funds generate income over long periods of time.

Make a Statement of Intent

If you are considering a lifetime or legacy gift to the Endowment Fund, please fill out an Intent Form by clicking below.

How Your Unrestricted Gifts will be Used

  • The initial $1,000,000 in gifts will be allocated equally (50/50) to a Community Impact endowment and a Facility Care endowment.
  • The next $2,000,000 in gifts will be allocated to the Facility Care endowment, so it is fully funded at $2,500,000, after which the Facility Care endowment will be closed to further donations.
  • Total gifts more than $3,000,000 will be deposited into the general Endowment Fund and used for any eligible ministry
    or another purpose (other than Facility Care).

Start Building
Your Estate Plan

Legacy gifts are made by a donor through their will, trust, estate plan, or as a designated beneficiary on a financial asset. They are realized after the death.

We can help you navigate your options to create an estate plan that benefits the Emmanuel ministries that mean the most to you and maximizes your financial and estate-planning goals.

No matter your age or financial situation, now is a good time to review or create your estate plan. Our ELCA Regional Gift Planner and Emmanuel's Planned Giving Coordinators are here to help.  There’s no cost or obligation, simply resources available to help you leave a legacy.  If you already have an estate plan and simply wish to update it in order to include Emmanuel, click on the button below to view or download a sample amendment form.

Gentreo Health & Estate Planning Webinar

This session presented by Gentreo was recorded May 8, 2021, and covers online estate planning documents and tools to protect your family, choices and assets. Find out more at Use discount code ELCVIENNA.

Estate Planning Workshop

Emmanuel hosted a virtual workshop in April 2021 for anyone who is looking to learn more about estate planning (wills, trusts, Advance Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney).

No matter if you have estate plans in place or not, or you would like to determine if your current estate plans need to be updated, this workshop video is for you!

We cover how to make charitable estate gifts to your church and the ELCA. Our presenters include: Alison Mathey, Attorney; Rev. Yvonne Lembo, ELCA Foundation Regional Gift Planner; and Mark Knauff, Thrivent Representative

Get Connected to aN EMMANUEL
Planned Giving Communicator!

Emmanuel has Planned Giving Communicators who are appointed by the Council to the Endowment Team and hold a position of trust and confidence to assist all prospective donors.

The Planned Giving Communicator is responsible for:

  • Providing general information to members and friends of Emmanuel about the Endowment Fund and other giving options, restricted and unrestricted gifts, planned giving, estate planning, legacy gifts, and lifetime gifts.
  • Assisting prospective donors by presenting options and opportunities for structuring a legacy and/or lifetime gift.
  • Referring prospective donors to subject matter experts to assist with estate planning and gift planning.
  • Ensuring that donor expectations are recorded.
  • Ensuring that planned giving donors are recognized for their generosity.
Meet Susan Olenchuk

Susan has been a member of Emmanuel since 2002. Before joining the ELC Endowment Team, Susan served on the ad hoc team that developed Emmanuel’s new Congregation Gift Policy, Endowment Fund Gift Policy and related revisions to Emmanuel’s by-laws. Susan has co-chaired Emmanuel’s Staff Support Team since 2009 and was a member of the Congregation Council from 2006-2009, serving two years as Secretary and one year as President.

Susan is an attorney and practices energy law. In 2006, she was introduced to Terry Olenchuk in front of the coffee pots in the Centrum and they have been married since 2007. Susan enjoys gardening, traveling, Big Ten college football and basketball, and Washington Nationals baseball.

Meet Dennis Moyer

Dennis has been a member of Emmanuel since 1974. He is married to Chris, an ELC member
since 1965, and they are parents to three adult, married children - Emily, Adam and Caroline -
who were all active in the Emmanuel youth program.  Dennis served for several years as co-captain of the ELC Building Team (aka Building in Faith), is currently co-captain of both the Property Team and the Endowment Team, and is a member of the new Columbarium Team. He was a member of the Congregation Council from 2010-2015, serving as Vice President and later President.

After spending almost 40 years practicing law in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, Dennis retired in November of 2016. When not working on ELC matters, Dennis enjoys travel, reading, model railroading, family history and spending time with Chris and their five grandchildren.

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