Gratitude in Action – Help us Bridge the Gap

Our founders had one mission when they created The Endowment Board in 1891, and that was to support our beloved retirees. That support began in the way of pension contributions, and has morphed into everything from healthcare cost assistance to fellowship events.

Although the world has changed since 1891, the need for resources to support our clergy remains and the definition of that need is ever-evolving. Each year, The Endowment Board grants the Board of Pensions (BOP) funds to help retirees cover the financial gap that emerges when Medicare falls short. With the increasing cost of healthcare, this gap is widening. The support our clergy get from The Endowment Board is more crucial than ever to their health, comfort, and security.

Ways to Give

Giving allows special things to happen, and it is the reason our organization is in existence today. You can support the ministry of The Endowment Board by making a tax deductible donation. We offer a variety of ways to give including cash, pledges, real estate, life insurance, stocks, pooled income fund contributions, obituary memorials, honorariums, or bequest through a will. Whatever your path, you can be sure that your generosity will perpetuate inter-generational equity for years to come.

Outright Gifts

An outright gift is just what its name implies: a contribution transferred immediately from the donor to The Endowment Board. An outright gift can be in the form of cash, securities (stocks and bonds), real estate, and personal property. Want to double your cash gift and your impact? Check with your employer to see if they offer a gift matching program!

Cash Gifts
A cash gift is the simplest, most convenient method of giving. You will receive a charitable income tax deduction, and your funds immediately impact the lives of retired clergy and their families. A gift of cash may be in the form of a check (made payable to The Endowment Board), cash or credit card. Click the Donate Now button.Tribute and Memorial Gifts
Making a gift to The Endowment Board is a meaningful way to pay tribute to a loved one, friend, or minister. Gifts can be made to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, graduation or other significant milestones. In addition, a gift in memory of someone upon their passing is a thoughtful alternative to flowers. For each gift, the honoree or family will be notified of the donation, but the amount will remain confidential.

Securities (Stocks and Bonds)
Gifts of appreciated stocks and bonds can offer donors significant tax advantages including an immediate charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock and avoidance of capital gains taxes. In addition, your gift of stock can also be used to fund a charitable remainder trust, which can provide you with income for life. Please contact us for additional information.

Personal Property
Please contact us for information about gifts of real estate and other personal property.

Gratitude in Action – Create a Legacy with Us

My name is Marsha Bryan and I am the Legacy Advisor for The Endowment Board. Gratitude in Action is a way to create our legacy as we learn to grow gracefully in our senior years. Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. is an American Benedictine nun, theologian, author, and speaker. She is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. In her book “The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully” she issues a challenge to elders. If elders do not make their old age a productive time, they risk wasting a good 25 – 35 percent of their lives. At the same time, they have a responsibility to model this stage of life for those who are younger. “A blessing of these years,” she writes, “is to have the time to complete in ourselves what has been neglected all these years, so that the legacy we leave to others is equal to the full potential within us.”

Having recently joined the team at The Endowment Board I am here to create an opportunity for you to make a gift that will continue beyond your earthly life, satisfy your charitable goals, and create an income stream for the remainder of your life. A planned gift allows you to make a larger contribution without undue financial sacrifice. I have a special place in my heart for our retirees as a pastor’s wife. I have seen the fruits of the work of The Endowment Board first hand, and the impact on not only the lives of our retirees, but also the local churches. If you are interested in learning more about our planned giving vehicles, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via email at, or phone at (209) 390-0988.


“Gratitude” by sculptor Roger Berry, was unveiled on October 28, 2015 in front of The Endowment Board’s corporate office in Stockton, California. The circular shape of the sculpture symbolizes the infinite generosity of the clergy and the selflessness of their supporters. The permanent structure serves as an everlasting tribute to our retired clergy, their lifetime of service, and all who continue to serve them.