About the Hope Lutheran Foundation

Our mission is to encourage all people to know the love of Christ by helping support Christian efforts in our community, country and around the world.
If you would like to make a donation to the Hope Lutheran Foundation, or if you would like additional information, please contact the Church Office at 701-235-6629 or by email.

2018 Hope Lutheran Foundation Board Members
Jenni Huotari
Troy Ivesdal
Steve Miller
Matt Osborne
Chip Ross
Linda Sailer
Bob Knight
Valeska Hermanson
Dale Weston
Summer Education Events
These free, lunch-hour events are designed to provide valuable information relating to financial, legacy and life planning. Check-in begins at 11:30am, with lunch included, and wrapping up around 12:45pm.
Here are the events we have planned for you: 
Tax Reform: What does it mean for you? | June 13-South Campus, June 26-North Campus
Presented by: Brittany Dunn – Senior Tax Manager, Eide Bailly

Congress has passed the largest and most comprehensive tax reform legislation in the past 30 years. We want to help you understand what this means for you and your family at a personal level. We will explore key tax provisions to help you navigate these changes and give you some planning ideas to make the best of it. Some topics we will cover are the changes in itemized deductions and personal exemptions, various tax credits, and estate and gift tax rules. We will also spend time talking about tax planning using charitable giving and tax credits available for charitable giving.

Estate Planning and Planning Your Legacy | July 18-South Campus, July 26-North Campus
Presented by: Steve Astrup – Estate Planning & Probate, Vogel Law 

Preparing an estate plan is your opportunity to shape your legacy, bringing guidance and comfort to your family in the event of death or disability.  This seminar will discuss a basic estate plan, including Wills and essential incapacity planning documents like financial power of attorney and advanced directive for health care.  It will also discuss more complex planning such as trusts for children, charitable giving, and ways to minimize potential estate taxes.  You will leave with some ideas on how to structure your legacy in a way that is comfortable for you, based on your personal and financial objectives.

Planning for Retirement | August 15-South Campus, August 22-North Campus
Presented by: Kevin Mjelstad – Financial Advisor & Mike Mathias – Wealth Management, Northwestern Mutual

The program will offer a discussion on creating your retirement plan. Topics will include:

  • Conversations with your spouse before your retirement.
  • Setting a spending plan for retirement.
  • Creating a Retirement Paycheck.
  • Options within Social Security.
  • Using various financial tools in harmony during retirement.
  • Legacy planning for families and communities.

Supported Organizations and Ministries

Over the last few years, the Foundation has helped support many groups and efforts. The following list is a small sample of the organizations we have supported through your generous gifts. 
Community Organizations:
  • Youth Leadership – Recharge Conference
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • Oak Grove Lutheran SchoolHummingbird Project
  • Legacy Children’s Foundation
  • Sudanese Lutheran Church
  • Jeremiah Program
  • Red River and Fargo Gideon Camps
Hope Lutheran Programming and Ministries:
  • Resource officer
  • HopeCare
  • Hand Bell Choir
  • Decade of Hope
  • Technology Upgrades
  • Building and Grounds
  • South Campus Chapel

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a Hope Lutheran Foundation contribution?
Contributions can be made in the form of cash gifts, naming the Hope Lutheran Foundation in your will or estate plan, naming the Hope Lutheran Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, as well as gifts of real estate or stocks and bonds.
Why should I consider making a gift to the Foundation?
Some common reasons include: to memorialize a loved one, to serve as an expression of the gratitude toward the Hope Lutheran congregation, or to expand our congregation’s mission through expanded opportunities to develop programming and ministries at Hope Lutheran.
Is my contribution to the Hope Lutheran Foundation tax deductible?
YES! The Hope Lutheran Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts of cash may be deducted up to 50% of your adjusted gross income for the year. The market value of appreciated securities donated may generally be deducted in full. For specific tax implications, please consult your tax specialist.
What is a Torch Bearer?
A Torch Bearer is a donor who gives $1,000 or more, or one who names the Hope Lutheran Foundation in their will, estate plan, or life insurance policy.
How does giving to the Hope Lutheran Foundation relate to Hope Lutheran’s annual pledge giving?
As it continues to grow, the Foundation is able to response when needs arise within the church or community and funding isn’t available for those needs in the annual budget. All memorial donations to the Hope Lutheran Foundation go directly to the perpetual fund.
How do I distinguish a gift to the Hope Lutheran Foundation from a donation to Hope Lutheran Church?
Cash gifts, stock, life insurance funds, etc. intended for the Foundation should be specifically indicated as a gift for the Foundation. The Hope Lutheran Foundation operates as a separate entity from Hope Lutheran Church.
How large is the Hope Lutheran Foundation?
Currently, the Foundation holds over $1.7 million in assets. Only the income accumulated from those assets is used to support the mission of the Foundation.
Did you know…
  • Donations the Foundation receives are invested to generate an annual earnings stream. The earnings stream is used to further the Foundation’s mission, therefore, creating a gift that continues to give year-after-year.
  • Estate gifts that Hope Lutheran receives each year are used to meet non-budgeted needs of the church.
  • Many people name Hope Lutheran Church in their charitable donations portion of their estate each year, but Hope Lutheran Church and the Hope Lutheran Foundation are two separate entities.
Hope Lutheran Church  |  701-235-6629  |  North Campus: 2900 Broadway N. Fargo, ND 58102  |  South Campus: 3636 25th St. S. Fargo, ND 58104