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Profiles of Joy is InFaith Community Foundation's semi-annual donor newsletter. Profiles features a donor story and other timely updates.

Year-end is a popular season for giving. By partnering with InFaith Community Foundation, you can maximize your year-end gifts. Whether you Give Now, Give Later or Give & Receive, you will set in motion a gift that will change lives now and for years to come. Consider these tips from InFaith’s experts on the benefits of value-based giving.

To help you on your charitable giving journey, InFaith has created a set of explainer videos on popular giving strategies including donor advised funds, bundling charitable gifts and qualified charitable distributions (QCDs).

One of the initiatives that InFaith has committed to is creation care, which works to build capacity, help churches reduce their energy footprint, promote leadership and engage InFaith donors around the concern of creation care. With a focus on water, InFaith’s Creation Care Initiative is accomplished through one of InFaith’s grantee partners: The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

As part of its Disaster Relief Collaborative Fund, InFaith Community Foundation granted $100,000 to Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Puerto Rico to aid recovery in the community. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of InFaith’s donors. LSS of Puerto Rico believes “when the dust settles, and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.”

Together with donors, InFaith Community Foundation addresses a number of pressing and unmet needs facing our shared community. One of the initiatives that InFaith has committed to is ending family violence through a partnership with FaithTrust Institute. FaithTrust Institute is an organization that provides faith communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the faith and cultural issues related to abuse.

Keith Allen Hinrichsen, a native of La Mesa, Calif., was fully devoted to his family, students and church as a History professor at Cerritos College. After 37 years of teaching, his extended family supported him through his own diagnosis and return of prostate cancer. Upon his death, Keith directed InFaith to support a variety of charities, including programs that addressed the unmet needs of patients with Alzheimer’s through The Hinrichsen-Thorsen Family Health Fund at InFaith Community Foundation.

Rev. Margaret Suiter, a Lutheran pastor and refugee advocate, dedicated her life to the service of Latin communities in the United States and El Salvador. When she passed away from cancer at the age of 44, her mother Louise created The Margaret Neusom Suiter Memorial Fund at InFaith Community Foundation in her daughter’s memory.

In recognition of Chris Andersen’s 25 years as president and executive director of InFaith Community Foundation, the Board has renamed InFaith’s WomenLead Scholarship to The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship. Andersen, who has led InFaith’s growth to more than $1 billion in outright and deferred gifts and $30 million in annual grants, will retire at the end of this year.

Donors Ruth and Wilbert Reinke used their passion for the community of Neligh, Neb., supporting Antelope Memorial Hospital through The Wilbert and Ruth Community Endowment Fund. Learn more about how the Reinkes’ generosity has helped AMH grow in transformational ways. 

InFaith Community Foundation, a national faith-based charity, announced today that president and executive director Chris Andersen will retire after 25 years of service. The organization’s board of directors has named Mandy Tuong, currently senior vice president of donor services and general counsel, as president and CEO. Tuong will assume the role on October 1, 2019.

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