Help In Service Fund (HIS Fund)
The purpose of the HIS Fund is to assist AFLC pastors and their families with financial needs resulting from various unforeseen circumstances. Any money distributed is done so as a gift. Repayment is not expected. However, if a recipient finds himself in a position and has a desire to give to the HIS fund at a later time, they are encouraged to give to the AFLC and designate the gift to the HIS fund.
HIS Fund Policy
The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC), in the exercise of its religious and charitable purposes, has established a benevolence fund, the Help In Service Fund (HIS Fund), to assist AFLC pastors in financial need. The AFLC welcomes contributions to the fund. Donors are free to suggest beneficiaries of the fund or of their contributions to the fund. However, such suggestions shall be deemed advisory rather than mandatory in nature. The administration of the fund, including disbursements, is subject to the exclusive control and discretion of the Benefits Board. The Benefits Board may consider suggested designations, but in no event is it bound in any way to honor them, since they are accepted only on the condition that they are merely nonbinding suggestions or recommendations. As a result, donors will not be entitled to a return of their designated contributions on the ground that the AFLC failed to honor their designations.
Donors wishing to make contributions to the HIS Fund subject to these conditions may be able to deduct their contributions if they itemize their deductions on their federal income tax return. The AFLC cannot guarantee this result and recommends that donors who want assurance that their contributions are deductible seek the advice of a tax attorney or CPA. Checks should be made payable to the AFLC, with a notation that the funds are to be placed in the HIS Fund.
The Benefits Board
The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations
HIS Fund Application
To apply for a distribution from the HIS Fund for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, please complete the application form and return it to the AFLC Presidents office either by mail or email, [email protected]