Black Churches Receive $20M donation From Endowment Fund

By Jay Reeves

Lilly Endowment Inc., which supports religious, educational and charitable causes, contributed the money to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund as seed funding for the Preserving Black Churches Project, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which launched the fund. 

The announcement about the donation from the Lilly Endowment was timed to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday January 17. 

Rather than simply replacing broken windows or straightening rafters, the project will provide assistance with things including asset management and helping historic churches tell their own stories, said Brent Leggs, executive director of the fund. 

St. James AME Church, founded in 1868 just three years after the Civil War and crumpled by the Mayfield twister, will receive $100,000 as the first recipient of the project’s special emergency funding, Leggs said. 

Nigeria’s tax receipts in 2021 rose by 29.4% to 6.41 trillion naira ($15.5 billion), the head of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, said on Thursday.

Nigeria’s government has repeatedly said it wants to boost non-oil revenues since oil sales make up 90% of foreign exchange receipts.