Everence Sharing Fund
Change lives, build communities
When you buy an Everence product, you become part of a community that provides financial support to those in need. It’s called the Everence Sharing Fund and it is one of the distinctive ways we support our members and their communities.
In small or large ways, the Sharing Fund helps thousands of families each year through matching fund grants. From supporting food pantries to filling heating oil tanks, Sharing Fund contributions go directly to meet basic needs.
In 2015, Everence awarded $889,448.21 in Sharing Fund grants for those in need in our member communities. This amount was in addition to almost $1.3 million given by congregations, chapters and employer groups.
Donate to the Sharing Fund
Support the Sharing Fund with a fully tax-deductible donation. We use 100 percent of your gift to meet financial needs. You may also contribute through your will or estate. Talk to your lawyer about naming the Everence Sharing Fund in your estate bequest.
Donate via credit card through PayPal.
Send a check to:
Everence Sharing Fund
PO Box 483
Goshen, IN 46527
Contact Kenda Mishler at (800) 348-7468 ext. 3388
Meeting needs in churches and communities
An Everence Sharing Fund grant helps meet the needs of individuals in your church and local community. Grants are available to congregations who have an active Everence advocate and they apply for grants. If your congregation has a need you think a Sharing Fund grant could help with, contact your advocate for more information.
The Sharing Fund grant is, in most cases, a matching grant. Here’s an example: You have a church member who was laid off and is having trouble finding another job. In the interim between jobs, he incurs $1,000 in emergency expenses and your congregation provides $500 to help with those expenses. Everence may match that $500 with a Sharing Fund grant. Grants are awarded based on need and the amount of money a congregation is eligible to receive.
Any individual, congregation or nonprofit organization - whether or not they belong as Everence members - may receive a Sharing Fund grant. These grants can be as much $3,000 per year depending on the eligible group. Find out more about eligibility by reading the Guidelines for grant access, which is also available in Spanish Elegibilidad para acceso a la subvención.
To receive a Sharing Fund grant, a representative from an Everence member congregation, regional chapter or employer submits a grant application on behalf of the intended recipient or organization. In most cases, Everence gives Sharing Fund grants as matching funds for money contributed by these eligible groups. Download the Everence Sharing Fund application to find out how to apply for a grant. Also available in Spanish.
How grants are funded
As a fraternal organization, Everence enjoys a unique tax status. Instead of paying taxes like a commercial insurance company, Everence returns this money to its membership to help meet special needs. This pool of money makes up the core of the Sharing Fund, but it is far from the only source of funds.
Our members, as well as Everence staff, representatives and board members make additional contributions - including through estate and will bequeaths - to the Sharing Fund each year as they would to a charity or nonprofit. Our members do the same to support the Sharing Fund.
Finally, through our corporate tithing, Everence contributes up to 30 percent of net financial gains to member benefits such as the Sharing Fund.