University Christian Church Legacy Foundation Seeks Managing Director
The University Christian Church Legacy Foundation is a Seattle-based foundation whose mission is to support and encourage children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma and homelessness. A Board of Directors manages an endowment of about eleven million dollars. The Foundation anticipates a first round of grants in the Winter 2021-22.
After the decisions that brought University Christian and Lake City Christian together to form a new congregation, Journey Christian Church in North Seattle, the University Christian leaders engaged in the process of selling the historic property on the southwest corner of 50th Street and 15th Avenue NE, in the shadow of the University of Washington, to be used for student housing. A prior sale of the church parking lot and two additional properties across the street to Bellwether Housing led to the development of Arbora Court, a six-story building with 133 affordable apartments for low-income individuals and families.
The Foundation manages an investment of $12,000,000 including $1M to provide yearly grants to Arbora Court children/families for special enhancements and extra needs.
In addition, the congregation made outright legacy gifts to seven Disciples general/regional ministries and to twenty-three local outreach causes the congregation had supported over the years. They also created an endowment to aid in the launch and to support the on-going ministry of Journey Christian Church.