WHO WE ARE

OUR VISION

Our vision is to encourage Biblical principles of financial stewardship and generosity, resulting in the gathering, management, and distribution of financial resources for Christ and His kingdom

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to encourage and assist individuals, congregations, and ministries in the Mennonite Brethren community with Biblical financial stewardship solutions.

OUR VALUES

Stewardship is the heart of what we
do, recognizing God’s ownership of all.
(I Corinthians 4:2, Matthew 6:24, I Chronicles 29:10-18). Service is the posture of what we do, focusing on serving Christ and His Church. (I Peter 5:2-3, Colossians 3:23-24). Integrity is the foundation of what we do, seeking to be above reproach in everything.
(I Timothy 3:1-7).

FINANCIAL PROFILE

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Charities

MB Foundation is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™. To learn more about ECFA visit their website at www.ecfa.org.

MINISTRIES WE SERVE

We value partnering with YOUR ministry to gather, manage and distribute financial resources for Christ and His kingdom. If you have a money challenge, we can help! We enjoy a partnership with many ministries and charities across the United States.

OUR STORY

Where We Have Been

Mennonite Brethren Foundation had its functional beginning in 1898 when an Endowment Fund was established under the management of the Board of Trustees of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1957 a gift annuity program was initiated and the first annuity was issued.

Mennonite Brethren Foundation had a more formal and intentional beginning in 1972 with the establishment of a denominational stewardship department to offer services in estate planning education, life income agreements, charitable trusts, and a variety of gift plans. The success of the planned giving programs and services linked with a perceived need to structure the organization for maximum effectiveness resulted in its incorporation in 1990 as Mennonite Brethren Foundation.

In 2003, MB Loan Fund was established and incorporated to carry on the Foundation’s investment and loan programs. Charitable activities and gift planning remain the responsibility of MB Foundation. The staff and board are the same for both organizations.

To learn more about the Mennonite Brethren denomination please visit the US Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches at www.usmb.org.

1880
The Conference establishes a Mission Fund

Churches gather funds brought to annual conferences for disbursement.

1904
Conference receives first planned gift

Franz Wiens initial gift is first endowment and still is managed by MB Foundation.

1933
The Conference first reference to a Stewardship Committee

Committee authorized to invest fund notes and endowment for a loan fund.

1990
MB Foundation Incorporated

MB Foundation is incorporated on December 28, 1990.

2003
Mennonite Brethren Loan Fund established & incorporated.

MB Loan Fund was created to house the investment certificates and loan activities of MB Foundation.

2019
Assets reach $251M

Assets under management reach $251M


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Our Board of Directors may have between 8 and 15 members. Nominations to serve are made by the current Board of Directors and must be approved by the U.S. Conference of MB Churches. The U.S. Conference Treasurer is automatically a member of the Board. Two face-to-face meetings are scheduled each year and various meetings happen as needed via telephone or e-mail.

 

Mr. Hamm graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.  Mr. Hamm was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, where he still resides.  Since 1984, Mr. Hamm has owned and managed his own auto dealership in Enid, Stuart Nissan. He is active in the Enid community, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Enid United Way.  Mr. Hamm has served on the MB Foundation board since 2004.  His current term expires in 2020.

Mr. Bernardoni received a B.S. degree from California State University Fresno. He currently serves as President of a medical supply company in Fresno that specializes in meeting the needs of patients residing in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Mr. Bernardoni currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church where his wife and three children have been attending for 15 years. His current term expires in 2022.

Mr. Banik is the Fixed Operations Manager at Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD. He has been with the company for over 25 years. He currently attends Lincoln Hills Bible Church in Sioux Falls and serves on the elder board. His leadership board service has included Sunshine Bible Academy (Miller, SD) and the Central District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Trustees. His current term expires in 2022.

Mr. Wall is a Certified Financial Planner and owns an independent financial planning business. He has been active in the local FPA chapter since 1995. He currently attends Stony Brook Church in Omaha, Nebraska and has served as an elder for 8 years. Mr. Wall has been involved with church planting and building projects in churches since 1990. He has served several terms with the Central District Conference on Board of Trustees, Faith & Life and presently Church Planting Board. His current term expires in 2020.

Mr. Erickson has worked in the technology industry in numerous capacities, including sales, business development, marketing, and social media. He has also provided computer software training and business research for Christian radio stations in many parts of the world. A graduate in Global Studies from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Mr. Erickson is currently pursuing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a member of South Mountain Community Church in Utah. His current term expires in 2020.

Mr. Goertzen is a faculty member within the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) since 2003. He earned his doctoral degree in Community and Human Resources with a specialization in Leadership from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2003. Mr. Goertzen has facilitated numerous leadership workshops, seminars and retreats for organizations such as the FHSU Alumni Board, Northwest Kansas Mayors’ Association, Kansas Environmental Leadership Program, Small Business Development Center, Garrison Workforce at Fort Riley, and his local church. He and his family are members of North Oak Community Church in Hays, Kansas where he serves on the elder board. His term expires in 2022.

Mr. Lemma is a licensed architect and is employed with the department of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 2005 and has worked for private companies on various commercial projects. Mr. Lemma and his family attend Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church in Olathe, KS where he serves on the building committee board and in music ministry. His current terms expires in 2022.

Mr. Neufeld is a real estate broker who has been involved in the real estate industry since 1980. He earned his B.A. degree from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Neufeld is a current member of the National, California, and Fresno Association of Realtors. He has served two terms as President of the Fresno association and also served as treasurer for the association’s Budget & Finance Committee. He has been a member of the Property & Finance Committee of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary for seven years, including three years as its chair. Mr. Neufeld served on the U.S. Conference Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002, including several terms as chair. He has served on the MB Foundation board since 1994, and as chairman from 2002 to 2007. His current term expires in 2020.

Mr. Ray received a B.S. degree from California State University Fresno. He is a Certified Financial Planner, and is the President and shareholder of Regency Investment Advisors, Inc., a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Registered Investment Advisory firm in Fresno, California.  He brings to our board 20 years of professional investment experience.  His history of volunteer service includes: Ten years serving as a citizen advisory member on the investment committee of the City of Fresno Retirement Systems; Past President of the Fresno Estate Planning Council; Board member and Chairman, Central California Mennonite Residential Services; and Past President, Exceptional Parents Unlimited Board of Directors. Dan currently serves on the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Committee.  Mr. Ray has served on the MB Foundation board since July 2000.  Following the expiration of his elected term in July 2018, Dan was appointed by the board to continue serving.

Mr. Schneider holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Huron University in Huron, South Dakota, and attended the American Bankers Association and Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. He was a loan officer and branch manager for the Farm Credit System Production Credit Association for ten years and was president of the Marquette Bank of Huron, South Dakota for 15 years. He retired as President  & CEO of American Bank & Trust in Huron where he had been employed since January 2002 and was recently elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives. He was also Vice-President and a director of Leackco Bank Holding Company, Inc., and Secretary of American Trust Insurance, LLC. Mr. Schneider has been a director and board chairman of the Greater Huron Development Corporation, the Huron Regional Medical Center Hospital, the James Valley Christian School and the Griffith Foundation. He has also served as a director for the South Dakota State University Foundation and a director and president of the South Dakota Bankers Association. He has served as director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.  Mr. Schneider has served on MB Foundation’s Board since July 2000. Following the expiration of his elected term in July 2018, Lynn was appointed by the board to continue serving.

Mr. Spahr earned his B.A. degree in business administration from Doane College. Later he earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Wichita State University. He is the Vice President – Finance at HOC Industries, Inc., a contract packager of liquid products, in Wichita, Kansas. From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Spahr was the Chief Financial Officer at StraightLine Manufacturing, Inc. in Newton, Kansas. He was a staff accountant with Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, CPA’s in Wichita, Kansas from 1989 to 1991. He attends First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kansas and served on the MB Foundation board as an elected member from 2010-2018. Mr. Spahr now serves as the U.S. Conference Treasurer and therefore remains a member of the MB Foundation board of directors.

Mr. Quiring attended Reedley College and California State University Fresno where he studied Business and Real Estate.  He is a Principal and Vice President of Quiring Corporation, a statewide commercial construction and development company based in Fresno, California. The company specializes in healthcare, office and retail projects.  Mr. Quiring is the Board Chair of the Bach Children’s Choir based in the Fresno area serving second grade through High School students in choral music. Mr. Quiring currently serves on the Construction Management Advisory Board at California State University in Fresno, CA.  He previously served as the Treasurer of the U.S. Conference Leadership Board and served on the MB Foundation board from 2005 to 2016. Greg now serves at the request of the board as Special Consultant.

Mr. Boothe has been an entrepreneur since 1968, building, owning, operating and selling a variety of businesses. He lives in Wichita, KS with his wife, Nancy, and is a long-time member of First MB Church.  Mr. Boothe served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Conference for eight years prior to joining the MB Foundation Board of Directors.  He has been involved with MB Foundation’s board or its predecessor, since 1980.  In the spring of 2010, the board voted to bestow Director Emeritus status to Mr. Boothe in recognition of 30 years of faithful service and leadership.

Mr. Martens, a life long resident of Fairview, OK, was involved in farming and manufacturing for many years.  In 1980, when President of Waldon, Inc., he received a very special honor as Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He and his wife, Joyce, are active members of Fairview MB Church.  In 1977, Mr. Martens was elected to the General Conference of MB Churches Board of Trustees and remained on that board until transitioning to the MB Foundation Board of Directors at its inception in 1991.  He was named the first Chair of MB Foundation and served in that capacity for ten years.  He retired from the Board at the end of 2002, having served MB Foundation and its predecessor for 25 years.  Mr. Martens was recognized by the board for his outstanding service and excellent leadership, by being granted the status of Director Emeritus.