St Mark Mission Endowment Fund


We can give thanks because by grace we walk in the steps of generations of faithful people. Each one of us have the opportunity to contribute to the continuing legacy of this congregation. The St Mark Lutheran Endowment Fund was established to help you create your legacy and ensure the continuation of God’s work through this congregation for years to come. Through thoughtful planning, you will help to make that hope come true.


There are several ways to express your generosity to ministry beyond cash gifts to maximize your generosity either during or after your lifetime. 

During your lifetime you may want to consider a gift of stocks or other appreciated assets, real estate, or a gift from your IRA. In many cases these gifts may help to reduce tax liabilities and increase your generosity. There are also gifts like a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust, that can provide income to your and/or a loved one for life while making a charitable gift.

A legacy gift can be put in place now, making a gift to St. Mark’s ministry later through your retirement plan, life insurance policy, your will or trust, or other means ensuring your legacy makes a difference. Updating your beneficiary designations takes just a few minutes, is a simple way to make a gift, and you can review them during any stage of life.  

Your Gift will make a lasting difference

Each year the Endowment Fund Committee reviews the earnings of the funds and makes recommendations to the congregation for distribution of available funds. Distributions may be made to, but not limited to:

  • Local community projects- led by St. Mark high school youth.

  • Scholarships- for members of the church attending college, seminary, nursing or medical school; for members of the church attending college, seminary, nursing or medical school; for church related camping or leadership conferences; other training which enables members of the congregation to grow in Christian faith and service to God’s people.

  • Grants- to community organizations, ELCA colleges and seminaries, social service agencies, institutions and agencies to which this congregation relates. And for special programs designed for those persons in our parish who are in spiritual or economic need.

  • Missions of the ELCA- at home and overseas, including, but not limited to, grants to the ELCA for new mission development in North America, professional leadership, educational ministries, world mission and ecumenism, evangelism and capital financing.

  • Special & strategic congregation, mission-driven initiatives.

Your Next Steps

To learn more or to ask questions: 

  • Contact Pastor Dave Kebschull

  • Call the Church Office 712-732-5255

  • If you already have an estate plan set up, email us for the necessary information you will need for your estate planner to be sure that St Mark Lutheran Endowment Fund receives your gift.
  • This is an example of how a bequest to benefit St Mark. Lutheran Church Endowment Fund may be worded: “I give, devise and bequeath to a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Storm Lake Iowa, Tax ID #42-0871971 ___% of my residual estate for the St Mark Lutheran Endowment Fund”. Contact your attorney or certified financial planner for specific language for your situation.

  • If you do not have an estate plan in place, there are several local persons who have experience setting up such gifts already.

  • Contact our ELCA Foundation regional gift planner by going to . They will help you navigate your options to maximize your financial and estate-planning goals. There’s no cost or obligation. It is their ministry to be of service.