The Endowment Fund of the Diocese of Chicago is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that holds and invests funds for the benefit of the Diocese of Chicago and disburses them to the diocese to support its ministries. The endowment fund supports ministries that build and strengthen lay and ordained leadership, sustain and invigorate parishes and missions, and develop programs that support meaningful Christian formation for all ages. The fund also seeks to build the resources necessary for responding to future ministry opportunities in the diocese.
Members of the Endowment Fund include the bishop and the chair of the Standing Committee. They appoint the trustees of the fund, a committee of clergy and lay representatives from across the diocese. Each appointment is subject to confirmation at the annual diocesan convention. The group is charged with overseeing the funds in the Diocesan Endowment Account; raising funds for that account; and the occasional distribution of those funds. The trustees also oversee The Society of Miriam, the legacy society of the Diocese of Chicago.
In 2018-2021 the Trustees engaged the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) and independent consultants to provide capital campaign consultancy and support to congregations of all sizes throughout the diocese through a program called Thriving Together. Participating congregations worked with their consultants to develop a fundraising campaign and stewardship plan that is tailored to their needs and resources. Learn more about Thriving Together.
For more information about the Trustees of the Endowment or Thriving Together, please contact Crystal Plummer.
Trustees of the Endowment Fund as of January 2022
The Rev. Anne Jolly
President, Standing Committee
Rector, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
Michael Clark, Chair (through 2022)
St. Andrews, Grayslake
The Rev. John Blossom (through 2023)
Drew Velde Gay (through 2024)
St. Paul’s, Peoria
MaryPat Mauro (through 2022)
Peter Rossiter (through 2024)
St. Elisabeth’s, Glencoe
Peter Willmott, (through 2022)
St. Chrysostom, Chicago
Christ Church, Winnetka
Director of Networking
Communications & Networking Assistant