About The Foundation


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

Sid Ramsey
Bob Burnett
Mickey Carlson
Libby Jacobs
Beech Turner

Chris Sidwell, Treasurer (Ex Officio)

Investment Committee Members (Ex Officio):
Adam Claypool
Franklin Codel
Cecil Goettsch
Steve Jacobs
Laura Meier
Jack Schreiber
Dick Swanson

Joe Sorenson, Investment Committee Chair

Director of Operations and Finance: Emily Tripp
515.255.3149, ext. 19


Bequest Language

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.”