Along with making current building fixes to keep City on a Hill an inviting, supportive place for ministries, the COAH Board also has launched a means to help secure City on a Hill’s future.

The City on a Hill Hilltop Fund is a new investment account begun at the start of 2019 through the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area. It will be funded with donations given through City on a Hill. The goal, said COAH Director Gary Ellens, is to ensure future financial stability for City on a Hill.

“We want to ensure that City on a Hill serves ministries and this community for years and decades to come,” he said, “and we know that many of our supporters share that goal.”

Estate bequests or other large gifts can be designated to go into the COAH Hilltop Fund, he said, where they can grow with the careful management of the Community Foundation.

Ultimately, the Fund could provide earnings to enhance future City on a Hill operations. Guidelines also would allow a future board to tap the fund for an emergency need.

Gifts to the COAH Hilltop Fund must be given through City on a Hill but designated for the COAH Hilltop Fund. City on a Hill will then invest those gifts into the Community Foundation-based Hilltop Fund.

Gifts of cash, stock or other assets can be given to the Hilltop Fund at any time. Persons needing help to make an estate bequest to the Hilltop Fund should discuss that process with their financial advisor or attorney.

“City on a Hill has been blessed to buy and renovate this facility with the support of many faithful friends,” Ellens said.

“We understand that many of them might also want to give to ensure the future success of this ministry, and this Fund will help them to do that.”