By Scott Carpenter
As part of its mission, Salemtowne—a nonprofit, continuing care retirement community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina—contributes to a variety of nonprofit events each year. Some of the events that Salemtowne traditionally sponsors did not take place during the past year because of limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Salemtowne with a rare opportunity to distribute its philanthropic budget differently this year.
“For quite some time, we at Salemtowne have wanted to make a substantial contribution to the Moravian Ministries Foundation,” Salemtowne President and CEO Mark Steele said. “Finding ourselves in the unusual position of having additional budget resources, Salemtowne wanted to use the funds to create a new program that will directly benefit pastors and others from the Moravian Church, and we’re pleased to be working in partnership with the Moravian Ministries Foundation to make it happen.”
Steele said that in addition to the excess budget from events that did not occur during the last year, Salemtowne enjoyed increased revenue from demand for its new independent living community called The Woodlands. The Woodlands opened in early March 2020 and is sold out.
The contribution from Salemtowne will be used to establish a special new designated fund within the Moravian Ministries Foundation to provide support for ordained Moravian Clergy who have served in the Southern Province and/or their surviving spouses along with missionaries and retired, full-time employees of Moravian agencies who want to move to a Moravian continuing care retirement community. The new fund is called the Salemtowne Fund for Ministers, Missionaries & Leaders, and preference will be given to applicants desiring to live in a retirement community in the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America.
“Grants from the new fund are intended to help applicants meet entrance fee requirements, which can be an impediment for some members of the clergy,” Steele said. “Seniors often sell their homes to pay for entrance fees, but some clergy have spent their lives living in homes provided by Moravian churches and have never owned their own homes. For them, the new Fund for Ministers, Missionaries & Leaders will be a wonderful resource to help ease their transition to a senior living community.”
The Foundation expects to begin accepting applications for grants in summer 2021. More information will be published about the application and grant process in the near future.
In addition to Salemtowne’s initial funding of the new Fund for Ministers, Missionaries & Leaders, Salemtowne or any other person or organization may support this new Fund. To contribute to the Fund for Ministers, Missionaries & Leaders, please go to https://mmfa.info/salemtowne-fund-for-ministers-missionaries-leaders-designated-donation-form/