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

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 gifts may be either designated for deposit into the ELC Endowment Fund for long-term investing or made directly to Emmanuel.

A planned gift is often made on an installment basis over several years and may be either:

  • unrestricted - available for any purposes approved by Emmanuel leadership, or
  • restricted - able to be used only to support those ministries or other activities specified by the donor


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)
  • By June 30, 2024 - $500,000 in lifetime planned gifts
    (i.e. non-legacy)
  • By End of 2024 - $5,000,000 in legacy planned gifts
    (whether realized or not).
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Why Give to the
ELC Endowment Fund?

  • Facilitates the sustainability of funding for Emmanuel and its ministries so that God can continue to work through the Church and its ministries for years to come.
  • Most of the principal of a gift to the ELC Endowment Fund continues to grow over time, helping Emmanuel to achieve long-term financial stability and security.

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!

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.

After spending almost 40 years practicing law in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, Dennis retired in November of 2016. Dennis has served for several years as co-captain of the ELC Building Team (aka Building in Faith) and was recently named as 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.

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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