The Cathedral Foundation of the Diocese of Olympia was created in 1995 to provide funds that help maintain and enhance, planned and unplanned, the buildings and grounds of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Annual allocations from an endowment help with operating expenses, unexpected maintenance and special projects.

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Planned Giving Program

2017 focused on planning for the future, culminating in a 2018 soft launch of a Planned Giving Program. It will grow the Cathedral Legacy Society membership and significantly increase endowment funding for 100+ years!

Finance: The annual allocation for Cathedral operating expenses was $74,669, with $5,028 from the Virginia Patty Garden Fund. $36,000 was allocated for unplanned repairs.


Naming Opportunity

The Foundation contributed an additional $250,000 in 2017 to the Cathedral’s Living Stones Capital Campaign, bringing total support to $1,250,000. This provided an opportunity to name the East Façade, including the Celtic Cross valued at $1 million. The plaque will read “The East Façade and Celtic Cross are dedicated to the Glory of God by the Cathedral Foundation of the Diocese of Olympia”.

Cathedral Day

On May 13, 500+ people gathered at the Cathedral to hear more about “Building the Community of the Diocese of Olympia!”, take a selfie with a full-size cutout of Bishop Greg and witness 160+ congregants being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. The next Cathedral Day, “Funding Future Ministries,” will be May 18, 2019.


Life Planning Ministry

This joint ministry of the Foundation, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, and the Diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development has been developing workshop formats and materials for 3+ years, facilitating eight regional workshops involving 60+ volunteer speakers, with attendance by 250+ participants from 50+ congregations. Themes include wills and estate planning; death, dying, and medical care; and funeral and memorials. In 2018, a spring workshop was held at Trinity, Seattle, and two at Diocesan Convention in November. Susan Knirk will relinquish the chair to Rev. Rich Weyls in 2018 as the ministry transitions to a consulting model that supports host congregations in conducting workshops that rotate the above themes every three years.