Often times when a loved one dies, there are gifts made in their memory. Salem has a person who keeps track of the memorial gifts that come to Salem and then sends a list to the family so they may share their thanks. Through consultation with one of the Pastors, there may be some specific area, need, or item that would be most helpful to the church and its ministry that the family would like to designate. Memorials and gifts are never used for the operating budget of the church.
If someone simply wishes to make a gift, the best way to begin is to have conversation with one of the Pastors. It can then be determined where best it could be used. Many people in making out their wills will designate the church in a specific way, thereby relieving the family from having to work through that process.
The purpose of Salem’s Endowment Fund is to use a portion of the income (per the by-laws) gained from the principle to support special ongoing ministry needs. It may be scholarships or mission work or some benevolence, etc. There are trustees who oversee the operation and records of the endowment fund.