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Trusts & Endowments

The generosity and stewardship of many Colorado Episcopalians and Episcopal organizations makes funds available to individuals and congregations for many aspects of their formation and ministry.

Through the Trusts and Endowments Committee, The Episcopal Church in Colorado manages several trusts and endowments – each with a specific purpose.  Collectively, these trusts and endowments have more than $200,000 available to distribute each year.  Some grant monies are also available through the Colorado Episcopal Foundation. For more information about the trusts and endowments, and how to apply, contact The Reverend Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley at Ruth@EpiscopalColorado.org at the Office of the Bishop.

Trust and endowment income supports a variety of aspects of ministry in The Episcopal Church in Colorado, from theological education for clergy, to meeting community health needs, to training for specific kinds or ministry.


The Oakes Home Trust

This trust grew out of the work the diocese and All Saints Parish did in the late 1890s to care for patients with tuberculosis.   As that disease was controlled through vaccination, the purpose of the trust evolved to provide assistance for community health programs, medically indigent individuals, and wellness programs that promote health and well-being.  Application


The Bonnell Theology Trust

This trust was originally established to support the College of St. John the Evangelist in Greeley.  Once that college was closed, the terms of the trust allow its proceeds to be used to forward theological education in the diocese, at the direction of the Bishop.  The trust’s proceeds provides tuition assistance to clergy and lay leaders who pursue theological education. It can also be used to support diocesan programs, including Clergy Conference, clergy retreats, or other educational programs. Application


The Shepard-Holton Trust

This trust is the result of a bequest made by Dora Eddy Shepard, who died in 1937.  It was originally designated for two convalescent homes – one of them for children – that had been operated by the diocese.  Now that those homes no longer exist, grants from the trust are available to diocesan institutions that care for children and the aged. Application


The Wolfrum Fund

The Wolfrum Fund was established in memory of The Right Reverend William Wolfrum, Suffragan Bishop of Colorado from 1981 to 1991. During his ordained ministry, Bishop Wolfrum (“Dub”) served churches in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico and had a particular commitment to serve and support small rural congregations. The Wolfrum Fund is to be used to provide grants to support leadership training for lay or ordained individuals serving small rural congregations in the Diocese of Colorado. To qualify, the congregation’s average Sunday attendance must be 70 or less, and must be located in rural Colorado. Congregations located in the Front Range corridor from Pueblo to Ft. Collins, or on the city of Grand Junction, are excluded. Application


The Icthus Trust

This trust is designed to assist clergy with large, non-recurring personal or family expenses related primarily to housing and education. Application


The Clergy Auto Loan Fund

This fund was originally established by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the diocese to help clergy afford a down payment on a new or used vehicle through a low interest loan. Application