The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist is a self-supporting congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. Unlike many other cathedrals which rely on support from their diocesan budgets, the founders of our Cathedral were concerned that operating the cathedral from the budget of a far-flung and largely rural diocese would cripple both. They addressed that concern by making our Cathedral a constituent congregation of the diocese with all the responsibilities of any other congregation, including support for diocesan ministries, but with the added responsibility of serving as the cathedral.
Pledges and offerings from members and friends of the Cathedral support its ongoing ministries. Some designated endowment funds help pay maintenance costs so that virtually all regular giving is directed to ministry.
Those who contribute regularly to the Cathedral are encouraged to help the Cathedral Chapter (vestry) in fiscal planning by providing an estimate of giving ("pledge") for the year ahead. Pledges can be made or amended at any time by contacting the Financial Secretary at the Cathedral Office, 509-838-4277. Many choose the convenient option of making regular periodic payments by credit card.
The operating budget is also supported by contributions from St. John's Properties and income from certain designated endowment gifts.
Special Gift Opportunities
Many choose to make special gifts to the Cathedral at particular times, on special occasions, on receipt of an unexpected windfall or when financial opportunities present themselves. Others sponsor a special event or program. Many make memorial gifts to the fabric of the Cathedral such as stained glass windows, carvings or other adornments, or practical needs such as the remodeling of the parish house kitchen and other furnishings and equipment.
Others choose to make special gifts to the Cathedral's endowment funds, managed by the Trust & Endowment Committee, such as the Preservation Fund or the Theological Education Fund. Members of the clergy and the Trust & Endowment Committee are happy to discuss such gifts at any time.
Planned Giving, Endowments
Our time on this earth is not forever; life's end comes to us all. Members and friends of the Cathedral are encouraged to plan ahead for the desired use of assets when they may pass from one's control. A variety of vehicles are available for planning ahead, including wills, living trusts and other anticipatory arrangements, many with attractive tax advantages. Again members of the clergy and the Trust & Endowment Committee are happy to discuss such matters.
For more information contact the Financial Secretary at the Cathedral Office, 509-838-4277.