In 1990, the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference approved the creation of Brethren Foundation Inc. with the vision that the same sound investment opportunities available to the Brethren Pension Plan could be made available for congregations and organizations related to the Church of the Brethren. In 1991, a deferred gift management service was added to help individuals fulfill their philanthropic goals.
In 2014, the deferred gift management service and the asset management program were separated and placed into different 501(c)(3) corporations: BFI handles the deferred gift management service and Brethren Foundation Funds Inc. is responsible for the asset management program. The purpose of this change is to protect the assets of each program from the business risk of the other program.
At inception on Nov. 3, 2014, BFI managed nearly $6 million of assets for nearly 200 deferred gift clients. BFI manages the assets of its deferred gift program in a manner that is appropriate for the various deferred gift instruments using the services of top-quality asset managers.
BFI offers and administers a variety of deferred gift opportunities. Please explore our website for more information regarding our deferred gift program.
BFI helps individuals fulfill their charitable interests through a deferred gift program that is consistent with values of the Church of the Brethren.