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, Rupert’s first wife, who was taken home to be with her Savior on November 27th, 1998. Then, on February 3, 2016, the Lord called Rupert to Himself. And, on September 20, 2018, the Lord called Rupert’s second wife, Ruth King Dunklau, to Himself. The initial funding and the additional fundings provide the corpus for carrying out the Foundation objectives.

Mr. Dunklau at Desk
Dunklau Family Photo
Rupert photo with wife
Dunklau at Midland event

Board of Directors

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.

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Terry McClain
Mr. Terry J McClain
Brad Holtorf
Mr. Bradley Holtorf
Vice President
Paul Dunklau
Rev. Paul Dunklau
Joel Jelkin
Mr. Joel Jelkin
Larry Shepard
Mr. Larry Shepard
Immediate Past President
Casey Meyer
Ms. Casey Meyer
Board Member
Lloyd Probasco
Mr. Lloyd R. Probasco
Retired Executive Director and Board Member
Kathy Overfield
Ms. Kathy Overfield
Grants & Operations Manager
Kari Ridder
Ms. Kari Ridder
Executive Director and Board Member