The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has awarded a total of $832,135 to 26 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) elementary schools throughout the United States.
This year, LCEF narrowed the focus of impact for the grants to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Eligible grant proposals included faculty enrichment, curriculum development, facility improvements and endowment creation.
“Because the face of Christianity is changing,” said Rev. Bart Day, LCEF president and CEO, “our schools have become outposts for the proclamation of Christ. We rejoice in Lutheran educators who not only teach the core academic subjects but also the faith in our schools. We share a fervent passion to support and empower their work in any way we can—like the Kaleidoscope Fund.”
Grants for faculty enrichment were intended to support activities and services that improve the wellbeing of faculty and improve their engagement with students. Two schools received grants for this purpose:
Grants intended for curriculum development to enhance academic offerings of schools through improvement to curriculum or development of new programs. Five curriculum development grants were given.
Facility improvement grants sought to improve or upgrade existing facilities or tools necessary to improve the learning environment. Nine schools received facility improvement grants.
For facility improvement projects, the Kaleidoscope would fund up to a maximum of 50% of total improvement budget. The school would fund at least 50% of the budget.
The endowment creation aspect of the 2019 Kaleidoscope Fund is in partnership with the LCMS Foundation. This is a matching program of $25,000. Schools selected must raise $25,000 within 18 months of acceptance. Any amounts less than $25,000 would not be matched. Ten schools were selected for this:
Join us as we congratulate the 2019 Kaleidoscope Fund recipients and prayerfully support their endeavors to proclaim the Good News of salvation in Christ, our Lord.
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) serves the members, congregations, schools, and rostered church workers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) church body. When LCEF is blessed with good financial performance, a small portion of its funds may be used for a variety of ministry purposes…such as grants. These grants were launched in 2016 as the Kaleidoscope Fund, which emphasizes a variety of entities and ministry purposes.
For 2019 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Schools that are RSOs are not eligible.*
*Note: LCEF Articles of Incorporation and Synod Bylaws prohibit LCEF from distributing net operating results to Auxiliaries, RSOs, seminaries, colleges, or universities of the Synod.
LCEF invites schools to dream about programs and projects that improve and expand the reach and impact of their school. We are focusing on four categories: faculty enrichment, curriculum development, facility improvements and endowment creation.
Applicants should choose only one of the following areas for grant focus:
For grant focus items 1-3: What is not eligible: Ongoing operating costs (including salaries), operating deficits, debt payments and/or tuition assistance/reimbursement.
For 2019, funds will be granted in amounts between $15,000 and $75,000.
Once all grant proposal summaries are received by May 31, 2019, the Kaleidoscope Fund committee will review them and select ministries to apply for grants. Invited schools will then submit a detailed application by a set deadline. Once grant recipients have been determined, announcement of the grants will be made in November 2019.
Grant awards will be paid in one lump sum directly to the grant recipient based on the budget timeframe provided in the application.
Each recipient of the Kaleidoscope Fund grant will provide a written summary and photos of the grant outcome(s) in a designated and agreed upon timeframe with LCEF. These summaries and photos may be used in LCEF social media and for other promotional purposes. Additional promotional stories may be sought by the LCEF Marketing Department.
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As a consultant for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Randy enjoys assisting the Lord’s people in experiencing the joys of generosity. He is a firm believer in the Scriptural truth that “whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). He says, “Stewardship is simply reflecting the image of our generous God, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” His leadership has encouraged his congregation to provide generous support for ministries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Randy has been a parish pastor for 35 years. For the past 28 years, he has been serving First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Leading a large congregation has enabled him to experience six capital campaigns, allowing him to provide great insights to pastors in capital campaigns and stewardship.
Randy has served Concordia University Wisconsin as an adjunct professor of theology for 26 years. In 2010, the university awarded him the honor of “Distinguished Alumnus.” He has also served 12 years on the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors, including six years as Board Chair and First Vice President of the district. He conducts seminars on generosity and provides encounters for parish pastors to discuss cultural issues and the church’s impact.
Randy resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with his wife, Diana, who is the South Wisconsin District’s Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s District Vice President. They have two married daughters and three granddaughters. Randy’s mission statement is to serve God by serving others.