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About Us

The Foundation was established in 1968 to provide Rupert and Ruth Dunklau a systematic method of gifting to God’s people a portion of the blessings God had given them.

The Foundation exists to glorify God and serve His gracious will, by providing financial resources for the varied ministries related to the Lutheran tradition, especially the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, educational entities of the Lutheran Church and appropriate projects that promote the welfare of mankind.

Initial funding took place when the Foundation was established, and additional funding has occurred periodically since that time.  In 1998 the Foundation received a major infusion of funds from the estate of Ruth E. Dunklau, who was taken home to be with her Savior on November 27th, 1998.  The Lord called Rupert to Himself on February 3, 2016.  The initial and additional funding provides the base to carry out the Foundation objectives.

A Board of Directors has been established to carry out fiduciary responsibilities, including sound investment and accurate accounting of funds.  The Board reviews requests for funds, awards grants according to the Mission, Vision and Purpose established (and in accord with IRS rules and regulations), and reviews reports received from organizations receiving funds.

Who is eligible to apply for grants?

Prospective applicants must have the 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status conferred by the Internal Revenue Service or be tax-supported entities of government.

Priority will be given to grant requests that help the Foundation realize it's three main goals: Faith Strengthening; Lutheran Education; and Health and Human Care (more information for each of these areas can be found under it's tab listed above).

Any ministry or organization that has not previously received a grant from the foundation must first submit an Inquiry Application as found on this web-site.  The Rupert Dunklau Foundation does not fund individuals, ministries and organizations that have not received their 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS nor will it fund individual congregations, early childhood education, nor grade schools of individual congregations.  And, the foundation does not fund foreign ministries and organzations.  Finally the foundation will not grant more than 50% of any grant seeker's need.