History of Vernon Funds The late Trinity parishioner and former Cathedral Administrator Tom Vernon made a transformative gift. Tom had been an active member of Trinity for 25 years, serving as youth ministry leader, Eucharistic Visitor and within Trinity’s outreach ministries. Upon his death in 2009, Trinity was notified by his estate that Tom had left an unrestricted bequest to Trinity. The proceeds of the estate were received by the Trinity Foundation. The Trinity Foundation Commission and the Vestry recognized the transformational nature of this generous bequest and prayerfully considered how these funds could best be used. It was decided that the Vernon Funds would be divided into three accounts: Christian Formation, Mission/Outreach, and Facilities. Requests for funds from these accounts are made by existing Cathedral Committees. Each of the committees would include a member of the Foundation Commission who would participate in guiding and assisting with fund requests. Up to 4% of the fund balance of each of the three individual funds would be available annually. It was universally agreed that these funds would be used to supplement annual funding rather than to replace existing annual funding. The funds are to be used to give rise to and support new, enhanced and/or expanded programming and initiatives.
2017 Vest by Mason Hardy
Vernon Fund Approved Grants for 2017: Facilities Committee 1. Renovation of Education Building Bathrooms •
This is a two-year award allowed under the guidelines approved by the Foundation and Vestry, covering muchneeded re-plumbing and ADA-compliant facilities of former nursery school (child-sized) bathrooms. These bathrooms are located near the Welcome Center.
2. Welcome Center Communications Relocation •
The relocating of the switchboard and receptionist area to the Welcome Center, across from the bookstore, will immediately allow more welcoming hospitality and enhanced security.
Christian Formation 1. Vernon Scholars •
Five scholars for this program that engages USC students in a special project, allowing their transformative participation in our life, ministries, and outreach.
2. Kanuga Parish Weekend Rejuvenation •
Funds will supplement fees to make the weekend more financially friendly, especially for families with children and youth, by supplementing children’s staff expenses as well as parishioners’ costs to attend.
The Vestry unanimously agreed to the plan submitted by the Trinity Foundation Commission on September 27, 2012. An application process was developed and requests for funding these exciting opportunities take place each fall.
2016 Vernon Scholar
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