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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, 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 Hiimself.  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.

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?

All prospective applicant must have its own 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status conferred by the Internal Revenue Service or be a tax supported entity of the government.  The Foundation does not accept applications from Individuals, Congregations, Christian/Parochial Grade Shools, Pre-schools, Daycare Centers or ministries that operate within and/or under Congregational 501 (c) (3) tax exempt certification.  In addition the foundation does not fund ministries and organizations whose primary work is done in foreign countries.  Finally, the foundation will not make a grant for more then 50% of the grant seeker’s total need.

What are the Foundation’s priorities?

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

Does the Foundation have geographic specific granting areas?

The Foundation Board of Directors, in August of 2018,  narrowed its geographic focus for the foreseeable future.  Present geographic foci are Nebraska and her contiguous states of Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Colorado South Dakota and Wyoming.

What is the process for applying for a grant?

Any ministry or organization that has not previously received a grant from the foundation must first submit an Inquiry Application, as found on this website.  Ministries and/or organizations that have previously received a grant from the foundation, should call the foundation office when applying for subsequent grants so that they use the most updated grant request application and process information.