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Barnabas Foundation Celebrates Record $52 Million in Charitable Distributions

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Barnabas Foundation celebrates a new record in charitable distributions, issuing $52 million in grants in 2017 to nearly 1,600 churches, nonprofit ministries and other charitable organizations.

Charitable organizations will translate these grants into a wide variety of resources and services to serve God and humanity. Among the top 20 recipient organizations are nonprofits providing education, literacy training, prison ministry, healthcare, disaster relief, senior care, environmental care, humanitarian aid, support for special needs families and advocacy for peace and justice.

“The generous bequests we’ve been blessed to receive will translate to sustained support for this ministry for many years to come,” said Daniel Vander Plaats, director of advancement for Elim Christian Services, a global ministry that equips people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential and thrive in their communities. 

Grants were issued on behalf of individuals and families who included charitable giving in their wills or who worked with Barnabas Foundation to donate complex gifts to charity. 

Lance Davids, vision director for Illiana Christian High School, said, “Barnabas Foundation has worked with Illiana to not only encourage so many of our givers, but to give our givers different ways to give.” Illiana Christian High School received $2.97 million in grants last year.

Included in the total distributions are $40.7 million in grants from the Stewards Fund (donor-advised fund) which provides donors a simple and efficient means to give stock, bonds, real estate, farm commodities and other assets. 

“It is an honor to help families give in profound ways that will have eternal impact,” said Jim Bakke, executive director for Barnabas Foundation. “This is our ministry - our calling - to help other ministries achieve their vision for building God’s Kingdom.”

This marks Barnabas Foundation’s third consecutive year of record-breaking distributions, with $46 million in grants given in 2016 and $42 million given in 2015.