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Although a separate entity, E91 Foundation provides a new view of ministry opportunities for the East 91st Street Christian Church. E91 Foundation’s unique structure provides for a long-term Christian charitable legacy. This is separate from the Church’s ongoing business and operating budget. E91 Foundation provides grants to Christian ministries with a special concentration on funding new or expanding Christian ministries.
E91 Foundation adheres to Christian beliefs and principles, affirming that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died and was resurrected, and who provides individuals with their only hope of salvation. Based on these beliefs, E91 Foundation:
- assists God’s people seeking advice in designing their estate plans;
- stands as an instrument of continuous stewardship to God, by providing God’s people the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for the support of Christian service through bequests, gifts, and memorial donations;
- invests donations into an Investment Fund; and
- donates the Investment Fund’s income to Christian organizations through grants.
E91 Foundation provides a vehicle for the broader Christian community to remember Christ and give a portion of their family’s final assets or unexpected proceeds back to God.
We encourage all grant seekers to review our FAQ for guidelines before contact is made via our Contact Us page.
While a board maintains the endowment and grants funds to qualifying entities, donors can make a contribution for specific purposes or create an endowed fund, and then the board uses the interest each year within the donor’s guidelines to fund missions and ministries.
Grants are expected to:
- fulfill Christ’s directive – going into the world, teaching, and making disciples (Mathew 28:18-20);
- meet the physical needs of hurting people (Mathew 25: 35-40);
- go to Christian organizations adhering to Christian beliefs and principles;
- be directed primarily to local Christian organizations for new and expanding ministries in the field of evangelism, church planting, benevolence, medical care, education, and missions;
- be in the $1,000 to $5,000 range;
- go to only tax-exempt organizations; and
- not support East 91st St. Christian Church’s day-to-day operating expenses.
The E91 Foundation has invested bequests, memorials, and gifts and has granted more than $1.2 million to evangelical nonprofit ministries in Indianapolis and across the world.
In 1994, the East 91st Street Christian Church plowed new ground with formation of the East 91st Street Christian Church Foundation (E91 Foundation), an independent trust fund that gathers the seeds of bequests and donations from church members and friends and grows long-lasting legacies that nourish evangelical nonprofit charities and ministries locally and throughout the world.
The idea sprouted through the desire to grow a deeper understanding of faith-based giving and the need to encourage giving among the church membership. The nondenominational, independent, and evangelical foundation fertilizes social and spiritual change by allowing donors to directly choose the charities and projects they want to impact. This empowers the donors and cultivates fruitful investments to meet the physical and emotional needs of hurting people.
While the Church and E91 Foundation are separate entities, they complement each other by allowing congregants of any church to provide seed money for new and expanding ministries and give lasting gifts to help people and projects develop over time. Donors can grow their contributions for greater impact in the world and choose where their support goes, alongside their regular tithing to the church.
While a board maintains the endowment and grants funds to qualifying entities, donors can contribute for specific purposes or create an endowed fund, and then the board uses the interest each year within the donor’s guidelines to fund missions and ministries.
E91 Foundation provides a new view of ministry opportunities for the East 91st Street Christian Church, allowing the church to enhance outreach and better live out the life of the congregation in service to the Lord. E91 Foundation’s structure provides a long-term Christian charitable entity separate from the Church’s day-to-day business and budget that offers support to Christian organizations both in and outside the church.
E91 Foundation provides a vehicle for congregants to remember Christ and give a portion of their assets back to God, provide seed money for new and expanding ministries that will offer lasting gifts to help people and projects develop and grow over time.
The E91 Foundation has invested bequests, memorials, and gifts and has granted more than $1.2 million to evangelical nonprofit
ministries in Indianapolis and across the world.
E91 Foundation operates as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation chartered by the State of Indiana and is registered and recognized as a private foundation by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
E91 Foundation Board
Dr. David Schlueter
Ron Costlow (Elder representative)
David Faust (Staff representative)
Dr. John Seybert