Just the Beginning

We Raise Foundation staff are the professional oversight to ensure your gift is invested in sustainable programs. We also have accountability measures in place to manage your gift with integrity. An annual audit, conducted by a respected auditing firm, ensures that all financial and operational processes are held to the highest standards.

Annual Report

We Raise Foundation is the recipient of charitable gifts primarily from individuals, and secondarily from organizations, schools, and churches. As a relational grant maker, we value the relationships with our donors and grantees. We work diligently to advise our donors on the best strategy for investing their annual and planned gifts in the mission of We Raise Foundation.

In addition to contributory revenues, a portion of the organization’s income derives from earnings it receives on invested funds. These funds are largely the result of the resources received from the sale of the Wheat Ridge Tuberculosis Sanatorium over 50 years ago.

We are proud to carry the Better Business Bureau seal indicating that we meet all 20 of their charity standards.

For more information, please contact us by phone at 800.762.6748 or by email at

People Served

During Fiscal Year 2017, Wheat Ridge grant recipients
served over 42,500 people
through their projects!

These projects work in the United States and around the world to bring health and hope to Christian and non-Christian, young and old, needy and broken.

Annual Report

Volunteers Engaged

Volunteers are the lifeblood of so many nonprofit
organizations. During Fiscal Year 2017,
over 8,100 individuals volunteered
their time with Wheat Ridge grantees for a total of
147,184 hours!


Grants Awarded in FY2017

29 WeRaise Crowdfunding Grants totaling $153,935

16 Emerging Leader Grants totaling $124,500

9 GrantsPlus Grants totaling $420,000

8 Joshua Grants totaling $38,920

2 Select Grants totaling $43,507

64 Total Grants – $780,862


Donor Support in FY2017

Everything Wheat Ridge Ministries does is made possible by our generous, faithful supporters. We received donations from 14,866 individuals during fiscal year 2017. Our volunteers helped us make thousands of thank you calls and write hundreds of thank you notes.


WeRaise Crowdfunding

You were here from the beginning. You believed in Wheat Ridge’s groundbreaking crowdfunding platform, and you honored us with your support. WeRaise creates a buzz for “smaller” projects that make a big impact on individuals and communities. A successful WeRaise campaign can be the beginning of a new story for a recipient, a new chapter for a giver, and a new relationship between Wheat Ridge and a viable, sustainable organization working towards positive change in their community, one step at a time. Below we’ve highlighted two of this year’s successful WeRaise campaigns:

Annual Report
Annual Report

Grantee Highlights


FY2017 Financials

Annual Report

Board of Directors

Fiscal Year 2017

Rev. Anne Christiansen, Former Pastor, Mt. Pleasant Evangelical
Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC, Chicago, IL

Rev. Jon Diefenthaler, President Emeritus, Southeastern District,
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, Columbia, MD

Mr. Mark Duesenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and
Secretary, Ferro Corporation, Rocky River, OH

Mr. Jay Ellwanger, Partner, Ellwanger Law LLLP, Austin, TX (Chair)

Rev. Paul Erickson, Bishop, Greater Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical

Lutheran Church in America, Milwaukee, WI

Mrs. Rae Fangmeier, Community Volunteer, Davidson, NC

Mr. James Handrich, Former Lutheran Educator and Former
Headmaster, Hong Kong International School, Naples, FL

Mr. Rick Hein, President and CEO, Miramar Bobcat, Inc.,
San Diego, CA

Mr. Gregory Jordan, Senior Vice President and Senior Managing
Director, Foundation & Institutional Advisors, Northern Trust,
Chicago, IL

Mr. A. William Kernen, President, Kernen Family Investments, LLC;
Co-Owner and President, Kernen Partners, LLC, Omaha, NE

Cmdr. David Kretzmann, Retired United States Naval Officer,
Royal Oaks, CA

Mr. Darron Lowe, Vice President, Wells Fargo Consumer Credit
Solutions, O’Fallon, IL

Dr. Roderick McCallum, Professor Emeritus of Microbial
Pathogenesis and Immunology, College of Medicine, Texas A&M
University Health Science Center, College Station, TX

Rev. Wayne Miller, Bishop, Metropolitan Chicago Synod,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL

Rev. Sunitha Mortha, Director for Mission Formation, Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL

Mrs. Monique Nunes, Director of Recruitment and University
Relations, Martin Luther School, Bronxville, NY

Mrs. Kay Siebert, Clinic Director, Christ Church-Lutheran Christ
Cares Clinic, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ

Mr. Andrew Steele, Director of Global Church Sponsorship,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL; Founder,
Bloom Africa, Lesotho, Africa

Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish
Nurse Ministries, Portland, OR

Ms. Karis Thompson, Community Engagement Liaison, Plains Art
Museum, Fargo, ND; Strategist for Community Development,
Redeemer Center for Life + Redeemer Lutheran Church,
Minneapolis, MN

Ms. Anne Wenzel, President and Executive Director, Western
Colorado Community Foundation, Palisade, CO

Mr. Carson Williams, Acquisition Finance, SunTrust Robinson
Humphrey, Atlanta, GA


Paul Miles, President

Heather Klein Olson, Vice President for Advancement

Ronda Bischoff, Director of Finance

Ann Brandt, Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services

Meredith Capocci, Staff Accountant

Matt Croll, Director of Finance

Rebecca Davis, Website Coordinator

Eric Hawley, Assistant Director of Programs

Gail Maher, Ministry Programs Assistant

Abigail Miller, Manager of Crowdfunding and Social Media

Joanne Otte, Director of Programs

Anne Schoenherr, Director of Communications

Jennifer Sievers, Manager of Advancement Services

Tanya Thomas, Executive Assistant to the President

We work hand in hand with Christian non-profits to end poverty, violence, and
inequality in our communities. Take action today and raise up those in need.

We work hand in hand with Christian non-profits to end poverty, violence, and inequality in our communities. Take action today and raise up those in need.