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Foundation initiates Giving Tuesday for California Disaster Victims

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Couple Gives Gift for Scholarship Funds
November 21, 2019
For Immediate Release

Draymond and Estella Crawford from Fontana, Californnia have given a gift of $10,000 to the Baptist Foundation of California. The gift will be added to the principal of the Nelson Frazier Crawford Fund, a donor advised fund, which the couple created in 2014. The fund provides scholarships for deserving college students. The couple established the fund because they knew the importance of education in their own lives and wanted to help students from local churches to achieve their academic goals.  Currently, scholarships are provided for students from Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino, Loveland Baptist Church in Fontana, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in San Bernardino, and Saint Reed Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles.

Donor Advised Funds serve as a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations favored by the donor.  Generally, when gifts are given to a donor advised fund at the Foundation, the donor may take an immediate tax deduction. The donation is invested for tax-free growth and the donor can recommend grants to any IRS-qualified charity.

After establishing the Nelson Crawford Fund, Mr. Crawford said, “ We wanted our gift to keep giving scholarships to young people even after we are gone, and our family to be involved in the selection process as well.  The donor advised fund allows us to accomplish both goals.” To date, the fund has provided $20,000 to eighteen students.  Eventually, the Nelson Frazier Crawford Fund will convert to a permanent endowment with the Foundation and the scholarships will continue in their family’s name into perpetuity.

“We are proud to serve this generous family and their desire to assist deserving college students,” said Phil Kell, president of the Foundation.  “Through this recent gift, they will increase the fund’s ability even further to fund more scholarship for young people seeking a college education.”

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Foundation initiates Giving Tuesday for California Disaster Victims

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Foundation initiates Giving Tuesday for California Disaster Victims
November 15, 2019
For Immediate Release

On Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2020, The Baptist Foundation of California will be encouraging individuals for help in providing funds to meet the needs of those affected by recent disasters in California. Giving Tuesday is a generosity movement began in 2012 to engage civic participation and positive social behavior.  Since its inception, Giving Tuesday has encouraged generosity among hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life and countless organizations in every country in the world. “Generosity is a fundamental value held by those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ,” said Jonathan Jarboe, president elect of the Foundation.  “Through this special ministry effort, we hope to raise significant funds from generous believers to assist those whose lives have been disrupted by the quakes, floods, and fires in our state.”

The mission of the Baptist Foundation of California is to raise, manage, and distribute funds for Baptist causes.   With financial systems in place, the sixty six year-old organization is assuring donors that 100% of their gift will be used to bring hope and assistance to those who are suffering.  The Foundation will partner with local churches, associations, and Baptist Disaster Relief to identify recipients. “It feels like California has experienced an endless stream of disasters within a very short span of time,” said Jonathan Jarboe, president elect of the Foundation.  “A trail of disruption has drastically changed the worlds of the men, women, and children across our state.”

On December 3, Giving Tuesday, Individuals will be asked, through a social media campaign,  to give a gift of $10, $50, $100, $250, or $500 to support the relief effort.  Prior to that date, a social media campaign will encourage their generosity and facilitate their giving.  A special on-line giving tab will facilitate gifts at www.bfcal.org/giving. “Often, disaster victims are forced to count their losses and begin a new life in the best way they know how,” Jarboe explained.  “Many times, options and resources are few.  The gifts received from this Giving Tuesday effort will bring comfort to these unfortunate and sometimes desperate individuals and families”.  Jarboe said, “the BFC is honored to serve Southern Baptist Churches, associations, and individuals known for their quick response to local tragedies.”  He encourages all to consider a generous contribution on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2020.

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Dr. Jarboe Begins Service at The Foundation

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Jarboe begins Service
July 30, 2019
For Immediate Release

Dr. Jonathan Jarboe began his duties as president elect/senior vice president of The Baptist Foundation of California on July 29.  His election for the position was part of a succession plan approved by the Board of Directors in August, 2018. As directed by the plan, Jarboe will work under the leadership of the current president, Dr. Philip Kell, for a period of time before assuming the role of president. Rob Zinn, chair of the board of directors, applauded the board’s selection last year, “Jonathan has lived the history of the Foundation, he knows the work of the Foundation and he knows California Southern Baptists.” Dr. Jarboe graduated with a double major in business and political science from California Baptist College (now University) and a Master of Christian Education degree from Golden Gate Seminary (Now Gateway Seminary) In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands and a Doctor of Educational Ministry with a concentration in leadership from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jarboe served on the Foundation’s board of directors for a total of 12 years before his election. “Jonathan is uniquely qualified to lead the Foundation into this next phase of its history.” said Kell. “With his extensive educational preparation, successful executive experience, and stellar commitment to Southern Baptists work, he brings a well-centered footing to the role.  He has my hearty endorsement and knows he can expect my loyal support as the new president. Dr. Jarboe has served at Pathway Church in Redlands, California for more than 25 years and as lead pastor since 1999. Prior, he also served on the church staff of Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville.

“Churches are facing unprecedented challenges today,” said Jarboe. “I believe the Foundation is positioned to make an increasingly greater impact for the Kingdom as we partner with them to resource effective and purposed Great Commission ministries. Dr. Jarboe has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 32 years. They have 3 married children and two grandchildren. A Cooperative Program Ministry of the Southern Baptist churches in California, the Foundation exists to raise, manage, and distribute financial resources for Kingdom causes. Currently managing almost $160 million, the Foundation distributed more than $7.7 million to Baptists and Baptist causes last year.

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Foundation and local church receive gift from Ventura lady

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Foundation and local church recieve gift from Ventura lady
December 12, 2018
For Immediate Release

Patricia Juanita King passed away this past Spring in Ventura, California. Born in Denver, she graduated from Monroe City High School in Missouri and then obtained her teaching degree from Kirksville State Teachers College and a Masters degree in Library Science . Serving as a librarian for many years, she enjoyed reading stories to the children who would visit. Patricia was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Ventura, California since 1959 serving as a choir member and Sunday School teacher. She also volunteered hundreds of hours through Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was an active member of the local garden club.

The Baptist Foundation of California has received a gift of $197,000 from the estate of Ms. Patricia King. Ms. King passed away last Spring and was a long-time member of Grace Church in Ventura, California. “The Foundation is grateful for this generous gift from Ms. King and what it will mean for the Baptist ministries we serve,” said Phil Kell, president of the Foundation. “We are honored by her generosity and her confidence in our work.” Kell said the gift will be added to the Legacy Fund held by the Foundation. The Legacy Fund was established by the Foundation’s Board to provide a mechanism for supporting the work of the Foundation and remembering the faithful Southern Baptist stewards who have made meaningful gifts from their estates to the Foundation.

Born in Denver, Ms. King graduated from Monroe City High School in Missouri. She then obtained her teaching degree and a Masters degree in Library Science from Kirksville State Teachers College. Serving as a librarian for many years, Ms. King also volunteered hundreds of hours through Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was an active member of the local garden club.

In addition to her gift to the Foundation, Ms. King also left a significant gift to her local church. A member of Grace Church since 1959, she served as a choir member and Sunday School teacher. Her pastor, Nick Acker, said, “We are incredibly blessed by Patricia’s generosity! I believe her gift will continue to bless Ventura for decades to come!” “The generosity of Ms. King through her estate plan is a testament to her commitment to the Lord and Kingdom service during her lifetime,” commented Kell. “Her last act of stewardship will encourage others and continue to bless ministries into the future.”The Baptist Foundation of California exists to raise, manage and distribute resources for Kingdom causes. It is a Cooperative Program ministry of the California Southern Baptist Convention.

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