Equipping and supporting future Christian ministry leaders

About 222 Foundation

About Us

The 222 Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that was founded to invest in the future Christian ministry leaders of the world in three key areas:

  • Personal growth – We mentor student partners as they grow in their roles within their family and ministry.
  • Academic growth – We desire to financially partner with students to relieve the debt burden coming out of Seminary. This will allow student partners to focus more on their ministries once Biblical training is completed.
  • Spiritual growth – We provide periodic encouragement through the calendar year by assigning mentors and prayer partners to students to encourage their growth in personal spiritual development (Bible study, reading and prayer life), evangelism, equipping others and growth in the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Frequently Asked Questions

General

The 222 Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that exists to equip the next generation of Christian leaders.  We partner with students to provide them support personally, financially and spiritually.

The 222 Foundation partners with students to help them in three areas: personal growth, financial support and spiritual growth.

Personal growth includes mentoring related to their growth as a leader within their family as well as their church or ministry.  Personal growth mentoring includes talking through experiences and opportunities to demonstrate servant leadership.  Finally, 222 also encourages the student’s connection of their studies to their future ministry goals and aspirations.

Academic growth includes accountability to maintain the necessary GPA to maintain financial assistance from the Foundation as well as encouragement to continue to persevere to do the very best at their studies (Colossians 3:23).

Spiritual growth includes periodic encouragement in the student’s growth in the disciplines of the Christian faith including, but not limited to, personal spiritual development (Bible study, reading and prayer life), evangelism, equipping others and growth in the fruits of the Spirit.

The 222 Foundation considers the conferral of Grants only upon those individuals who are able to demonstrate that they qualify in all three of the following criteria:

  1. Successful achievement, in fidelity to the Gospel, with respect to their academic endeavors involving courses in ministry.
  2. Financial need; and
  3. The willingness to participate and develop a mentorship relationship with the one or more of the Foundation’s mentors.

Grants are potentially available to men who are pastoral students and both men and women studying for all other vocational ministries who meet certain qualifications.

No.  We are a non-denominational, Christ-centered nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with many different denominations and seminaries.

The 222 Foundation does subscribe to the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith and expect our student partners and seminaries to be in alignment with that Statement.  (https://www.nae.net/statement-of-faith/)

The 222 Foundation keeps a current list of approved, doctrinally vetted seminaries that the 222 Foundation has reviewed and can be obtained by contacting the Executive Director.

Grants will be awarded to accepted student applicants in the range of $3,000 – $10,000 per year (determined annually).

  • Grants are potentially available to men who are pastoral students and both men and women studying for all other vocational ministries.
  • In order to qualify for a grant, you must be an entering or existing student committed to take a minimum of six credit hours per term (both for the current and the next term) at one of the educational institutions approved by the 222 Foundation, with a minimum 3.0 GPA (viz., equivalent to a grade of “B”).
  • The student must have a demonstrable financial need.

Additionally, in the first step of the application process, a student must be able to respond with short answers (two to four sentences each) as to their perspective or belief on certain doctrinal questions.

Finally, the student must be able to write a short essay confirming whether or not they believe ALL of the precepts of the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith and provide specific Scriptural references to support the student’s assertions.

The 222 Foundation has the following goals for mentorship of students:

  1. Cultivate a lifestyle of worship while in an academic setting (Deuteronomy 6:5; Romans 12:1-2).
  2. Pursue holistic spiritual growth (Deuteronomy 6:5; Colossians 1:9-10; Philippians 1:6; 2 Peter 1:5-8).
  3. Help students grow to lead and equip the body of Christ to make disciples of all people from all corners of the nations (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4: 11-13).
  4. Encourage students to develop Christ-centered relationships (Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; John 15:12-14; Romans 1:12).
  5. Encourage men and women to radiate the glory and excellency of Jesus Christ (Exodus 34:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

The 222 Foundation Mentoring Program seeks to come alongside seminary students and those in theological training and provide financial assistance along with personal development.  The mentoring program uses adult volunteers with a background in ministry to support, guide, and be an encourager to the student.  The mentorship program is for a period of at least one year.

The mentorship will typically include:

  • A kickoff retreat to the mentorship.
  • Bi-monthly meetings to cover core and elective topics and conversations.
  • Prayer time and encouragement between mentors and mentees.
  • Suggested reading and resources to help the student grow personally and spiritually in their walk with Jesus Christ.

The 222 Foundation will be opening up application for volunteer mentors in the winter of 2018/2019.  At this time, we anticipate the 222 Foundation volunteer mentors must, at least, have the following qualifications:

  • A follower of Jesus Christ
  • A member / regular attendee of a local church
  • Serving in ministry consistently (not specifically vocationally)
  • Ability to show that they are experienced in discipling / mentoring others
  • At least 25 years old

Giving / Financial

Yes!  The 222 Foundation is a 501(C)3 public charity.

The 222 Foundation exists to equip the next generation of Christian leaders which will involve not only financial grants but mentoring.  We are excited about the mentoring associated with student partners of the 222 Foundation, however, that does come with an administrative cost to coordinate mentors and facilitate an effective mentoring program.

God has graciously provided a group of people that have committed to giving financial support to cover the administrative costs of the ministry for the first several years of the organization.

So what does that mean for our ministry partners?  100% of the gifts that ministry partners give go directly to support students!

The 222 Foundation will file a form 990 on an annual basis with the Internal Revenue Service, which is a publically available document.  Once filed, we’d be happy to make that available to anyone that requests a copy.

The 222 Foundation is funded through people like you!  We are looking for monthly givers, annual givers and strategic partners to support future Christian ministry leaders in their theological training and mentoring!

There are several ways you can give to support the 222 Foundation:

  • Give online – Give at the 222 Foundation website on a recurring basis or as a one-time gift
  • Personal check – Provide a personal check to the 222 Foundation.  Checks can be made out to222 Foundation
    119 North Avenue
    Barrington, IL 60010
  • Give gifts of appreciated stocks and securities – Make a gift of publicly-traded securities to the 222 Foundation and potentially save income tax and capital gains tax, too!  This might be right for you if (1) you own publicly-traded securities that you have owned for a least one year (2) some of those securities have increased in value since you bought them and (3) you’d like to make a gift to the 222 Foundation.  Contact Bjorn Olsen, Executive Director at 224-655-1902 or bolsen@222foundation.org for more information.
  • Corporate Matching gifts – Work for a corporation that does matching charitable gifts?  Allstate, Baxter, Boeing, United, etc.?  Perhaps your gift to the 222 Foundation can be doubled!
  • Estate Planning – Estate gifts can provide a legacy to the 222 Foundation to support Christian ministry leaders with grants and mentoring.  If you’re considering including the 222 Foundation in your estate planning documents, we would love to talk with you.  Please contact Bjorn Olsen, Executive Director at 224-655-1902 or bolsen@222foundation.org.
  • Retirement assets / Life insurance policies – Contact us about ways that you can strategically include the 222 Foundation in these plans.

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