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Posted: September 27, 2021
You have more power to make a difference to your church and your community than you may realize. Even leaving a small portion of your estate in your Will to support the mission of your congregation can result in a bigger contribution than you ever thought possible, while still supporting those you love. In short, you can do both ! ELFEC is excited to share that it has partnered with Will Power, a national effort to show Canadians the power they have to do more with their Will. We encourage you to try out the easy to use legacy calculator on our Will Power page, to see how a gift in your Will can support and strengthen the ministries you most deeply care about. You may be surprised to see that a gift of even 1% left to your congregation or the wider church in your Will can have an enormous impact, while still leaving 99% of your estate for loved ones. There are many benefits to giving in this way, including some potentially significant tax savings. Take a look at the free resources and tools on the Will Power website to learn about better ways to give , and connect with financial advisors to discuss how to maximize your donations. If you have questions about supporting the mission of your congregation or the wider church through ELFEC, please don’t hesitate to connect with ELFEC today at or by calling 1-888-308-9461 x2. ELFEC is here to help. Kathryn Smith | Giving Advisor | | 1-888-308-9461 x2 P.S. Did you know that you direct how you want your gift to be used? Your gift, made in faith, hope and love, will continue to make a difference. Learn more by visiting our Will Power page here more
Posted: September 1, 2021
ELFEC has partnered, along with many of Canada’s most important charities, with Will Power, a national movement to educate Canadians on the power they have to continue making a difference to their church and communities through their Wills. To learn more visit here.Read more
Posted: July 5, 2021
ELFEC Programs and Services Clearly Resonating with Stakeholders ELFEC is delighted to announce that we surpassed $60M in assets under management this month with the support of Canadians across the country. Having passed the $50M milestone in the fourth quarter of 2020, ELFEC continues to grow, even amidst the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. “This significant milestone speaks strongly of the programs and services we offer Canadian charities around ethical investment, fundraising and charitable work” said volunteer board Chairman, Mr. Bill Gastmeier. “ELFEC’s achievements are all the more noteworthy when you consider that our work is managed by a small part-time team of staff and management supported by a dedicated group of leadership volunteers.” “Buoyed both by organic growth and strong investment returns, the $60 million dollars in managed assets is a clear validation of the importance of ELFEC’s role and speaks to the charitable intentions and goals held by so many Canadians” reports Lee Gould, the foundation’s Executive Director. A vision of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), ELFEC has been supporting Canadian charities from coast-to-coast, disbursing over fifteen-million dollars over the past decade and offering expert services. In addition to robust ethical investment programs, ELFEC offers fund development support services including strategic planning, coaching and active fundraising such as planned giving through its Lutheran Planned Giving (LPG) initiatives. Further details available here.Read more
Posted: April 15, 2021
New Stakeholder Recognition Program from ELFEC ELFEC would not be the successful, growing, and innovative charity that it is without the support of partners, donors and other stakeholders. With this in mind ELFEC is pleased to introduce its “Giving Circle” recognition program that is centered around “thanking” people in a way the charitable organization hopes balances recognition with a desire to maximize the usefulness and purpose of the donations and other investments that are provided to ELFEC. “ELFEC truly cares about the people we service and work with. In past years ELFEC has organized a recognition lunch event and delighted in the opportunity to invite donors and others to be thanked in a very personal way; but because of the global pandemic and public health concerns, ELFEC got creative and introduced a ‘giving circle’”, said Kathryn Smith, ELFEC’s Giving Advisor expert. “My role often focuses around supporting the philanthropic goals of people through planned or legacy giving which enables charitably-minded individuals to make larger gifts to the church than they could make typically from ordinary income using estate planning and securities (stocks and bonds)” shared Kathryn. “ELFEC’s new Giving Circle recognizes planned giving donors and others” she added. The ELFEC Giving Circle is part of a broader effort surrounding donor recognition and stewardship. The below image will be used to produce recognition lapel pins and with communications collateral. “The Luther Rose imagery is foundational and recognizes ELFEC’s roots in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The stylized five (5) human silhouettes or petals represent the five (5) Synods within the ELCIC but also the human condition and the ‘people-focused’ work of ELFEC. The five stylized people (Synods) are supporting a stylized heart which is at the centre and represents, “faith”, “love” and “philanthropy” that is central to the charitable programs and services which ELFEC is delivering,” asserted Smith. Further details available here.Read more
Posted: February 9, 2021
ELFEC and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa are pleased to present a series of free webinars in 2021 highlighting different aspects of Planned Giving. Explore different avenues of leaving a gift (or gifts!) to the charities of your choice. Join us at our next webinar offering: Beyond Bequests: Exploring Giving Vehicle Options Date: March 23, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone) To register: click here We will be answering: What are some of the options for leaving a gift to a charity? Can I leave the proceeds of a life insurance policy to a charity? What is a Donor Advised Fund and how does it work? Can I name my church as a beneficiary on my RRSP or RRIF? What is a Charitable Remainder Trust? Who do I speak with? Life Insurance, Annuities, proceeds from an RRSP or RRIF, Charitable Remainder Trust, Donor Advised Funds - these are all options available to people who wish to meet their philanthropic goal by leaving a gift to their local congregation, the wider church, or another charity. While each person’s situation is unique, these are some of the common ways people provide a charitable gift beyond a bequest in a Will. After the presentation, there will be a time for people to ask questions. As well, anyone who registers will receive a recorded copy of the presentation. Still to come in 2021 : May – Leave a Legacy – how do you want to be remembered? September – Donations in Kind: the gift of investments October – Financial Planning, in conjunction with the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) November – Make Your Will – what do you need to know?Read more
Posted: January 20, 2021
Q4 2020 saw engagement with 8 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Climate Transition, Decent Work & Human Rights and Reconciliation. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: December 8, 2020
ELFEC Achieves Significant Milestone, Passing $50Million In Managed Assets ELFEC is thrilled to share that for the first time its managed assets have exceeded fifty million dollars. “This benchmark of success is a solid measure of the quality of the charitable programs and services offered by ELFEC. It is an affirmation of the superior relationships with a wide-variety of stakeholders; both within and outside the Lutheran faith traditions, that ELFEC is pleased to foster”, said Bill Gastmeier, Chairperson of the ELFEC Volunteer Board of Directors. “Through our dedicated team of professionals and volunteers, ELFEC has and continues to work tirelessly; offering faith-based and ethical investing, superior stewardship and professional expertise. Our programs and services have clearly resonated with our stakeholders and ELFEC believes they make an important difference to the lives of so many”, summarized Lee Gould, ELFEC’s Executive Director. $50 million dollars in managed assets is a clear validation of ELFEC’s importance and role and speaks to the charitable intentions and goals held by so many Canadians. Further details available here .Read more
Posted: November 3, 2020
Are You 50 or better? Attend our Free Financial Planning Virtual Workshop Presented by the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and ELFEC. Please join us for an informative workshop to answer any questions you may have regarding your finances. Take part in a virtual conversation with a representative from the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education , and other seniors in your community, to gain a better understanding of your financial issues and concerns. Tuesday, November 24 th , 2020 Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EST) including opportunities for Q&A Register for this Virtual Workshop online at: Topics of discussion include: Making estate arrangements Moving as housing needs change Dealing with attempted fraud or financial abuse Caring for a loved one Living with long-term illness or disability Managing retirementRead more
Posted: October 21, 2020
Q3 2020 saw engagement with 20 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Covid -19, Climate Transition, Decent Work & Human Rights and Reconciliation. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: September 29, 2020
ELFEC Partner Grant Impact at Good Sheperd Coquitlam This year, under Gail Tremain’s leadership, the Outreach Team obtained an ELFEC partner grant to upgrade Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Coquitlam’s fluorescent fixtures to energy efficient LED tubes. ELFEC's partner Grant Program purpose is to address social needs and/or environmental impact in their church community, as well as support for projects and new mission initiatives for their greater community. The upgrade at Good Shepherd, completed in July 2020, significantly reduces the church’s carbon footprint associated with lighting needs. Besides reducing overall energy consumption by 56%, the new LED tubes operate without a ballast and last 35,000+ hours, compared to the 7,500 hours for the ‘old’ fluorescent tubes. Since these new tubes are directly connected to the power source, there is no more flickering due to ballast discharge, and the use of a “natural white” LED tube provides a bright pleasant atmosphere. Annual electricity savings are expected to be in the order of $800 to $1000, and considerable savings in human resources are expected due to the longevity of the tubes and the elimination of the need for ballast replacement. Furthermore, this lighting upgrade provides a host of future environmental benefits that we normally would not really think of: reduced glass, ballast, and plastic waste, and the elimination of mercury pollution. Remarkably, a 56% reduction in energy demand impacts the long term need for more dam construction and the associated flooding of forested areas. With the help of the grant, Good Shepherd can celebrate taking this first step toward reaching the collective goal proposed by the National church of zero Lutheran carbon emission by 2050! Submitted by: Gail Tremain and Louis Giguère- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Coquitlam’s Council Member and Caretaker, retiredRead more