If you would like to make a gift of $10,000 or more, consider creating either an unrestricted or a designated (restricted) endowment fund.
An endowment fund is a permanent fund that is primarily meant to be invested in perpetuity. The goal of the Foundation is to preserve and maintain the real purchasing power of the principal of the endowment assets. The year-to-year benefits from an endowment come primarily from the earnings on the investments that are then distributed out as grants. Grants are distributed according to the spend rate adopted annually by the Board of Directors. The spend rate is the policy for distributing money from endowment funds.
A gift to an endowment fund is a lasting gift that will benefit both present and future generations of our Catholic family and will continue to build God’s kingdom in our diocese.
Unrestricted Endowment Fund
An unrestricted endowment fund is a fund that is established when a donor signs an agreement with the Foundation outlining what the fund should be named without specifying a specific purpose for the use of the Fund. An unrestricted fund allows the Foundation’s Board of Directors to see that the most pressing needs in our diocese are met as they change over time. The Board of Directors will determine how the income from unrestricted endowment funds are used or distributed as grants. The use of the funds must be consistent with the charitable purposes of the Foundation. A minimum of $10,000 is required to establish a named unrestricted endowment fund.
Designated Endowment Fund
A designated endowment fund is a fund that is established when a donor signs an agreement with the Foundation outlining what the fund should be named and designates the purpose or the beneficiary of the fund. The beneficiary and intended use of the fund must be consistent with the charitable purposes of the Foundation. The fund may support the diocese, a parish, a Catholic school or Catholic charitable purpose or ministry within the Diocese of Boise that is consistent with the purpose of the Foundation. A minimum of $10,000 is required to establish a designated endowment fund.
Build a Fund Option
You can use our “Build a Fund” option to establish a legacy for you or your family if you do not have the required $10,000 minimum amount to establish a named endowment fund at this time. This option allows you three years to fully fund your endowment. The fund name and purpose are determined when the first contribution to the fund is made. The Board of Directors may transfer the balance of the fund to another of the Foundation's funds if at the end of three years the minimum amount required for establishing a fund has not been reached.
Establishing a New Named Endowment Fund
If you wish to establish a new named endowment fund please contact us.
Donors who create named funds will receive an annual report showing the value of their fund at the beginning and the end of the year as well as the grants that were made from the fund and the fees that were charged to the fund.