Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2010

Challenge grant pushes ECM close to fundraising goal

Foundation’s grant puts Ecumenical Christian Ministries closer to goal

April 22, 2010


Ecumenical Christian Ministries’ Ministry of the Hearth Capital Campaign just got a big boost.

This week the organization was awarded a $119,000 grant from the Tulsa-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. With the grant, ECM needs to raise about $200,000 to meet its $830,000 campaign goal.

“It’s as though we’ve been running a marathon and now we can see the finish line,” said campaign co-chair John Wilson.

ECM began its campaign last fall, and the money raised will be used for improvements to its 50-year-old building at 1204 Oread Ave., including kitchen upgrades, energy efficient system installation, and improvements to the student housing cooperative at the site.

Thad Holcombe, ECM campus minister, said the strong support from the community has been surprising.

“We started at a low point with the recession,” Holcombe said. “I think it’s a real vote of confidence.”

Holcombe said ECM has a year to raise the remaining funds, and plans are under way for community and campus fundraisers.


Joshua Montgomery 3 years, 11 months ago

Congrats on the fund raising effort John Wilson and crew. Great work.


Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

Good news and good job by ECM. They provide valuable services. Saving this spot across from the new bunker is also nice. Need to keep some older buildings around.


John Wilson 3 years, 11 months ago

ECM has played and continues to play a significant role in the lives of thousands of KU students and community members. Throughout its 104-year history, ECM has been a safe place for people of all faith or no faith to explore what they want their lives to say.

If anyone would like to make a one-time contribution or multi-year pledge to ECM's "Ministry of the Hearth" campaign, please contact the main office at 843-4933 or visit


We sincerely appreciate the hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations who are supporting this historic campaign.


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