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You Moved Mountains – Christmas Message

Your astounding generosity has moved mountains in 2021. We wanted to express our gratitude in a short video and bring you a message of hope. Please take a few moments to watch, and join us in giving thanks for the generosity of Presbyterians like yourself.  And, as always, thanks for your faithfulness. – President and CEO Tom Taylor. Watch video.

Forman Christian College

There is an enduring Presbyterian educational institution in Pakistan that’s making a huge difference: Forman Christian College. We want to introduce you to Forman and the incredible educational legacy that this institution is offering in Lahore, Pakistan, through two new videos filmed in 2019. Watch videos.

Sharing Christ in Seattle: Union Church

Union Church in Seattle is a beautiful community of Presbyterians sharing the love of Christ in Seattle in unusual ways. The church hosts a coffee shop, cafe and event space during the week, and worship on Sundays. This creative venture is supported by the Seattle Presbytery, University Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Foundation. Watch the video to see how the church carries out its mission. Watch video.

Recent News Stories:

Foundation receives third Lilly grant

The Presbyterian Foundation received a third grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to allow the Foundation to make technology and training grants to pastors who serve small congregations and congregations of color in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Read more.

Foundation takes action to sustain funds for future generations

During its November 2021 Board of Trustees meeting, the Presbyterian Foundation Board took two actions which will ensure adequate funds are available for generations to come. Read more.

Troy Marables earns Certification from Society for Human Resource Management

Troy Marables, Vice President of Human Resources for the Presbyterian Foundation, recently earned his Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management. Read more.

Foundation signs statement on facial recognition

The Presbyterian Foundation is one of 52 Global Institutional Investors that has signed the Investor Statement on Facial Recognition, asking for companies to use the technology responsibly and with transparency. Read more.

Presbyterian Foundation hires new General Counsel

Daniel J. O’Gara joined the Presbyterian Foundation on August 30 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. As General Cousel, O’Gara provides legal advice and support to the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Trustees, and senior management to ensure that all organizational activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations. Read more.

Church continues legacy of arts education through endowment

In the early 1990s, Third-Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, N.J., was looking for a way to minister to the local community. They created the Institute of Music for Children in 1995, which provides music, arts and drama education to youth in their community. It is still thriving today, providing arts education for more than 1,000 youth annually. It was incorporated into its own non-profit 501(c)3 in 2004. Read now.

Rose Niles joins Presbyterian Foundation field staff

The journey that led the Rev. Dr. Rose Niles to become the Presbyterian Foundation’s newest Ministry Relations Officer began when she was asked to become a ruling elder at the age of 14. As a continuation of her lifelong commitment to ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Niles joined the staff of the Presbyterian Foundation on July 6 as a Ministry Relations Officer, a field staff position serving in the Northeast, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Presbyteries of Philadelphia and Donegal. Read more.

Foundation acts to free up funds for 1001 New Worshiping Communities

The Presbyterian Foundation plans to soon take action that could free up millions to support the 1001 New Worshiping Communities program. The Foundation, Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program and the Presbyterian Mission Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 9 to help guide the process. Read now.

Michigan church is growing, despite the pandemic

Over the course of the last year, churches across the globe have wondered what coming out on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic looks like. Many have wondered how to make the best decisions for their worshipping communities. As the pandemic pushed churches to make difficult decisions, many churches saw an opportunity to try new things. Read more.

Ben Hayden joins Presbyterian Foundation as CFO

Ben Hayden joined the Presbyterian Foundation as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2021. Ben oversees the controller, the Information Systems department, operations, and all financial matters. He articulates financial policy and results to the PC(USA) at large, General Assembly, Presbyterian Mission Agency, and other key bodies and constituents, fostering an understanding of the Foundation’s positive impact and financial status. Read now.

PC(USA) seminaries adapt to remote learning

The global COVID-19 pandemic forced many institutions to rethink how they communicate and collaborate given various lockdowns and requirements for social distancing to mitigate its spread. Education was especially affected as models of in-person instruction shifted in a matter of weeks to an exclusively virtual and online pedagogy. Read more.

New Covenant Income Fund Changes Investment Strategy

Effective May 14, 2021, the New Covenant Income Fund (the Income Fund) changed its investment strategy. The purpose of this change was to add an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) implementation to the Fund. The ESG criteria will be in addition to existing social screening already used within the Income Fund. Read now.

Sisters leave a legacy of joy for future pastors

The bequests of two sisters recently contributed a total of more than $500,000 to the Theological Schools Endowment Fund. But that’s only part of the story. To understand the impact of the gift is to know something of the love both women had for their congregations and pastors, and a dinner party conversation that set their legacy in motion. Read now.

New Investment strategy focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion

New Covenant Trust Company will start utilizing new positive and negative screening tools to assist investors who want their investments to align with their values beginning April 1.  These tools will allow New Covenant Trust Company to target investment in companies with a strong record of diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more.

Reese’s Pieces of Wisdom

At age 97 and with 71 years of ministry under his belt, the Rev. Dr. Jim Reese had a story or two to tell the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty during a Facebook Live event hosted last week by the Presbyterian Foundation and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Reese’s seminary alma mater (Class of 1949). Read more.

Craig Howard joins the Foundation as Ministry Relations Officer

Howard joined the Presbyterian Foundation in February as the Ministry Relations Officer serving the Central Region, which includes Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky. He lives in St. Louis. Read now.

Presbyterian University of East Africa gains charter in Kenya

Things have changed dramatically for the Presbyterian University of East Africa in the past three years — despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Juneteenth becomes holy day of remembrance for Presbyterian Foundation

Starting this year, Juneteenth is an official holy day of remembrance for Presbyterian Foundation employees. Read now.

Kyle Nolan ordained into service as Ministry Relations Officer for Presbyterian Foundation

Rev. Kyle Nolan is the Presbyterian Foundation’s newest Ministry Relations Officer serving the Upper Midwest Region, which includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Read more.