In the late 1970s, Dr. James T. McMillan introduced an extraordinary vision for Plymouth Church – to create an endowment fund to make available monies for unanticipated needs not provided for in the Church general budget.
Dr. McMillan served as the first Foundation board president and over time, his gifts totaled more that $1 million.
Thanks to Dr. McMillan and other generous donors, the Foundation’s assets and grants’ have grown significantly. You’ll find many of the contributors’ names on a plaque in the Tower Room of the Church. It acknowledges their role in fostering the caring and sharing that continues at Plymouth today.
Financial Resources as of September 30, 2021
Endowment — $7,468,487
Deferred gifts — $31,403
Competitive grant pool for 2018 — $75,000
Strategic grant pool maximum for 2018 — $517,443
Note: The Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee, with the guidance of professional investment advisors, manages Foundation assets and ensures adherence to the Foundation’s investment policies.
Hallie Still-Caris, Chair
Joe Sorenson, Vice-Chair
Greg Kenyon, Grant Chair
Mark Schuling, Secretary
Chris Sidwell, Treasurer (Ex Officio)
Investment Committee Members (Ex Officio):
Joe Sorenson, Investment Committee Chair
Director of Operations and Finance: Emily Tripp
515.255.3149, ext. 19
The official bequest language for the Plymouth Church Foundation is:
“I, (name), of (city, state, ZIP), give, devise and bequeath to Plymouth Congregational Church Foundation (written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property) for its unrestricted use and purpose.”