Foundations Aid Faith-Based Efforts

cross-flagFunder: Maclellan Family Foundations (made up of the Maclellan Foundation, Christian Education Charitable Trust and the Robert L. and Kathrina H. Maclellan Foundation); Program: Annual faith-based grants; Funding Focus: Faith-based giving and education; Eligibility: Nonprofits must meet the foundation’s faith-based requirements (churches may participate as a partner); Geographic Limits: National; Funding: Varies, last year the foundations distributed about $21 million in grants;  Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The foundations support a broad range of faith-based giving programs. Applicants must be IRS-certified nonprofits and submit to the Lausanne Covenant, a faith-based document considered to be a hallmark of evangelical beliefs. The foundations’ philanthropy includes equipment donations, free consulting services, general operating support and seed money. Youth groups have benefited. The foundation gave $50,000 to the Children’s Home, Chattanooga, TN, for a custodial care program and $25,000 to the Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, MI, for an adoption program.

Education Funding

The Christian Education Charitable Trust was created by the Maclellan Foundation to support Christian education, with an emphasis in the Chattanooga area. The trust will review the letters of inquiry submitted to the Maclellan Foundation, but only contacts those of potential interest which seem like a good match.

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Info: 820 Broad St., Ste. 300, Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2604, 423/755-1366, Hugh Maclellan Jr., president,


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