Educational Institutions

Abbey Foundation of Oregon

  • Saint Benedict, OR
  • www.mountangelabbey.org

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Mission Statement

The Abbey Foundation of Oregon promotes the financial vitality of Mount Angel Abbey by seeking special project funding and long-term endowments for the monastery, Mount Angel Seminary, the Guest House and Mount Angel Abbey Library. Trustees of the foundation work collaboratively with the abbot of Mount Angel Abbey to implement the monastic community's Benedictine vision of prayer and work in service to the Church in Western Oregon and beyond.

Main Programs

  1. Mount Angel Abbey Monastery
  2. Mount Angel Seminary
  3. Mount Angel Abbey Library
  4. Mount Angel Abbey Guesthouse and Retreat Center
Service Areas

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International

MOUNT ANGEL SEMINARY has sent thousands of priests to serve more than 11 million Catholics in more than 100 dioceses and religious communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The GUEST HOUSE offers Benedictine hospitality to people of all faiths. Hundreds of visitors are welcomed to retreats and special programs that allow them to spend time in prayer and quiet reflection.

MOUNT ANGEL ABBEY LIBRARY houses one of the most significant theological libraries in the Pacific Northwest. The library serves seminarians, faculty and the local community, along with visitors from around the world.

ruling year

2008

President of Abbey Foundation of Oregon Board of Trustees

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Mr. Jeff Yandle

Vice President Abbey Foundation of Oregon Board of Trustees

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Mr. Chris Corrado

Keywords

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Mount Angel Abbey, Mount Angel Seminary, Mount Angel Abbey Library, Seminary, Abbey, Benedictine, Benedict, Retreat House, Library, Abbot, Guest House, Guesthouse, Catholic, Roman Catholic, monks

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EIN

04-3703021

 Number

6658619403

Physical Address

1 Abbey Drive

Saint Benedict, OR 97373

Also Known As

Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Abbey Foundation of Oregon provides funding for the works of Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary.

Thousands of guests who visit the Abbey each year are “welcomed as Christ." They pray with the monks at Mass, deepen their spirituality through individual and group retreats at the Guest House, meet the monks at festivals, learn from conferences and presentations, and draw inspiration from the most significant theological library collection in the Pacific Northwest. Mount Angel Seminary, the largest and oldest seminary in the West, has formed thousands of priests for service around the world, including religious communities and nearly two-thirds of the dioceses in the United States.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Mount Angel Abbey Monastery

In 1882, the first Benedictine monks on the West Coast of America established a monastery in Oregon, naming it “Mount Angel” after their former home, Engelberg Abbey in Switzerland. Within 15 days of their arrival, they began to chant the Divine Office, which has been offered in an unbroken succession since then.

Responding to God’s call to holiness and preferring nothing whatever to Christ, the monks at Mount Angel dedicate themselves, under the Rule of St. Benedict, to a life of prayer and work. They support one another in community, gathering five times each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and devoting themselves to reading and silence, supported by work.

Visitors of all faiths are welcome to join the monks in prayer throughout the day.

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Religion

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Mount Angel Seminary

Mount Angel Seminary traces its heritage to those first monks who came to Mount Angel and, following the example of their Swiss motherhouse whose school was founded in the 12th century, established Mount Angel College.

Two years later, in 1889, the pioneer monks founded Mount Angel Seminary, and began what has since been their primary apostolate: educating and forming priests with the mind and heart of Jesus Christ for service to his people.

This “school of the Lord’s service” that came from these humble beginnings is now the oldest and largest seminary in the Western United States, and the only seminary in the West that offers college, pre-theology and graduate theology programs.

Since its founding, Mount Angel Seminary has formed thousands of priests – and many religious and lay men and women, too – to serve the people of God in more than 100 dioceses and religious communities throughout the United States and around the world.

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Religion

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Program 3

Mount Angel Abbey Library

The library is one of Mount Angel Abbey's principal works of Christian service. Designed by Alvar Aalto, one of the top five architects in the 20th century, the innovative building was made possible through generous gifts.

The 200,000-volume collection has grown into one of the most significant theological libraries in the Pacific Northwest. It covers the breadth of human knowledge, but specializes in philosophy, theology and the humanities, and includes hundreds of ancient books. The collection spans 1290 A.D. to the age of the Internet.

It serves seminarians, faculty, the regional community, and visitors from around the world.

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Religion

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Program 4

Mount Angel Abbey Guesthouse and Retreat Center

Mount Angel Abbey provides a Guesthouse and Retreat Center in response to Saint Benedict’s admonition to receive all guests as Christ, and welcomes hundreds of visitors who come for retreats or special programs.

Situated on the southeast side of the Abbey hilltop, the Guesthouse offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Willamette Valley to the south and a peaceful view of the Hilltop, with its Romanesque Abbey Church, bell tower and monastery.

Visitors find quiet, comfortable areas conducive to reading, rest and reflection, along with a beautiful little prayer chapel and reading room. A Mediterranean garden, with flowers and birds, adjoins the center, and the Abbey is blessed with spacious and beautiful grounds, providing a meditative “Stations of the Cross” walk.

Guests are encouraged to join the monks for prayer or visit the library, museum or Abbey Bookstore and Coffee Shop.

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Religion

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General Public/Unspecified

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The foundation supports the monks as they work to make the treasures of Benedictine monastic spirituality available to a world and region in need of peace, hope and the love of God.

    Generous donors bring to fulfillment the monks' mission to offer pastoral ministry, hospitality, education and priestly formation.

    In addition to providing direct support for the monks, seminarians and Guest House retreatants, the foundation supports the infrastructure that makes this holy mission possible, including nine facilities and the beautiful Hilltop and its peaceful grounds.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Foundation staff and volunteers reach donors through personal visits, fundraising appeals, events, phone calls, letters and cards, as well as Abbey visits, tours and retreats.

    Donor support is vital, especially for Mount Angel Seminary. Dioceses and religious orders cover 80 percent of the cost to educate each of their seminarians, which means the monks of Mount Angel must subsidize the remaining 20 perfect. Gifts cover the annual $1.3 million gap in funding.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Abbey Foundation of Oregon's cost to raise a dollar is 16 cents, much lower than the national average of 20 cents. Our strategies and daily activities are shaped by our focus on efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We carefully track revenues and standard fundraising metrics, such as the number of new and repeat donors. We also track benchmarks made possible by donations, including the number of men ordained for the holy priesthood, college and seminary students served, graduates of Mount Angel Seminary, retreatants and visitors served by the Guest House, and most important, the number of men in formation as monks.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Hilltop is a center of Roman Catholic spirituality for guests from around the region and seminarians from around the world. Each day, the monks offer the Holy Eucharist for spiritual seekers, and invite visitors to join them in the Liturgy of the Hours, their daily prayers.

    This year Mount Angel Seminary welcomed 170 students, including 147 seminarians from 23 dioceses and five religious communities. Each seminarian will continue his walk with Christ, coming to know him deeply, and seeking to form himself in his image for service to his people.

    The seminary is also providing a Benedictine education for 23 lay students who feel a call to better understand the Catholic faith. Some graduates have discerned a call to the permanent diaconate, and others, both women and men, will continue with advanced studies in theology, go on to serve as lay ecclesial ministers, or pursue other pathways to participate in the New Evangelization.

    The monks completed a five-year long-range plan in 2013, which identified and prioritized a series of critical projects, including the restoration and expansion of the Abbey's Guest House and Retreat Center, the restoration of their iconic library, designed by Alva Aalto, design and construction of a welcome center, and renovation of the monastery and church. Seminary facilities are up to date and well maintained.

    The seminary is seeking accreditation for a doctoral degree program.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

MOUNT ANGEL SEMINARY has sent thousands of priests to serve more than 11 million Catholics in more than 100 dioceses and religious communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The GUEST HOUSE offers Benedictine hospitality to people of all faiths. Hundreds of visitors are welcomed to retreats and special programs that allow them to spend time in prayer and quiet reflection.

MOUNT ANGEL ABBEY LIBRARY houses one of the most significant theological libraries in the Pacific Northwest. The library serves seminarians, faculty and the local community, along with visitors from around the world.

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Funding Needs

The primary funding focus of The Abbey Foundation of Oregon is to meet the need for seminarian education at Mount Angel Seminary. Additionally, The Abbey Foundation raises funds to support Mount Angel Abbey's monastery, library and Retreat House.

Accreditations

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada - Accreditation (10 years)

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Financials

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THE ABBEY FOUNDATION OF OREGON
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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President of Abbey Foundation of Oregon Board of Trustees

Mr. Jeff Yandle

Vice President Abbey Foundation of Oregon Board of Trustees

Mr. Chris Corrado

STATEMENT FROM THE President of Abbey Foundation of Oregon Board of Trustees

"Dear Friends of Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary,

This has been a satisfying year for those of us who love Mount Angel's monks, seminarians and the many people they serve and inspire. Thank you for expressing your support for the Abbey in so many generous ways! The foundation has seen a 74 percent increase in gifts and pledged revenue over the past four years, with the annual total at $4,033,410 in 2014-15. We could not be more grateful.

By the end of the fiscal year, we counted 270 living members of our Legacy Society, which includes benefactors who have included the Abbey or seminary, or both, in their will or estate plans. We received 65 generous bequest gifts, which are significant investments in the Abbey's future. Bequest income increased by 29 percent over 2011-12.

This past year, Mount Angel Seminary's faculty and staff offered our highly respected curriculum to 147 seminarians from 23 different dioceses and 5 religious orders, forming priests with the mind and heart of Christ.

The Abbey relies on a corps of large-hearted volunteers, oblates, friends, and board and committee members who support the Hilltop's center of learning, hospitality, spiritual growth and contemplation. We are deeply appreciative of their efforts.

We invite you to visit the Abbey, pray with the monks, meet seminarians, enjoy a tour and share a meal. Those who visit often say they fall in love with this holy mountain.

Sincerely yours,

Jeff Yandle, President
Abbey Foundation of Oregon"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeff Yandle

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?