Cemetery endowment fund

Can some funds in a cemetery endowment fund be used to replace cemetery markers, repair cracked gravestones, or be used for special projects? Or, are the funds in a cemetery endowment fund untouchable?

Ideally, your congregation has spelled this out in the “purpose” section of the endowment fund. Or, perhaps the bylaws for your congregation or its cemetery designate how the proceeds can be spent. These are details that are going to vary from congregation to congregation.

A good resource for your congregation is the Congregational Planned Giving Manual available from the WELS Resource Center. A section of the manual addresses “how to establish and administer an endowment fund.”