Foundation Introduction

Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust (LSFCT) exists to serve Jesus Christ by providing financial and strategic resources to projects that lead to self-sustaining kingdom-building ministries, where support will leverage the success of the whole body of Christ. Areas of special interest are Faith & Work (Kingdom Business), Family Values, and regional, national, and global Transformation initiatives.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Areas of Interest
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We presently have commitments to various organizations which we have supported and are presently supporting. Unfortunately, our commitments and limitations preclude us from adding any new ministries.

We do pray the Lord will provide for your needs and hope you understand the limits facing us. We know that God is our provision and, as He provides for us we will be able to broaden our scope to add new ministries in the future.

In the meantime, we pray He will bless you and meet your needs.

Faith & Work Integration and Kingdom Business

Efforts to educate and promote the concepts of faith-work integration (business as ministry) and kingdom business (business as mission).

Faith-Work Integration

How do we resolve the tension between work and spiritual life? Many of us separate our work and faith into compartments, but that disintegration leaves us unfulfilled. As Ken Eldred describes in his book The Integrated Life, compartmentalization results from erroneous messages from both business and church. In reality, our spiritual lives and work lives share a common goal and can be deeply integrated. We need to adopt a new paradigm of work that views it as a calling and sacred ministry.

Kingdom Business

Kingdom business is for-profit ventures pursued with a goal of achieving spiritual, economic, and social transformation in underdeveloped nations. Sometimes called business as mission, it is a simultaneous pursuit of several factors, including successful business, work-faith integration, economic development, job creation, and promotion of the local church. A more thorough description of kingdom business principles and practices may be found in Ken Eldred's book God Is at Work, named the top book in the field by the Business as Mission Network.

"Business as mission pursues profit for the sake of growth and sustainability: it is only by pursuing and promoting real for-profit business ventures that BAM can facilitate the holistic transformation of individuals, organizations and nations, which is part of the Great Commission mandate. In this case, business becomes a mission tool for ministering to those with real needs -- through local job and wealth creation, education and basic healthcare, and church growth."

Transformation Spirit of God Moving in Communities

Kingdom-centric initiatives that seek to achieve regional or community transformation through the unity of the body of Christ, united prayer, repentance, reconciliation, church growth, and evangelism.

Transformation

Kingdom-centric initiatives that seek to achieve regional or community transformation through the unity of the body of Christ, united prayer, repentance, reconciliation, church growth, and evangelism.

Family Values Promoting Christian Values

Agencies or programs that are making a significant impact advancing the pro-life cause as well as promoting Christian values. Ministries that provide for the spiritual and physical needs of women, especially single mothers.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Discipleship Fulfilling the Great Commission

Initiatives responding to Jesus' command to "go and make disciples." We are committed to the goal of multiplying disciples. We recognize the power of a movement of ordinary people who are disciple-makers--in family, community, workplace, or the world.

"Every disciple has the capability and the responsibility to minister to others in God's name. We are all ambassadors, lights in the world, ministers of reconciliation. Understood this way, it's clear that it is the role of every believer to grow up to be a minister and to make disciples, and it is the role of every minister, pastor, and elder to train, equip, and coach every disciple to become a minister who makes disciples."

About Us
Learn About Living Stones

Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust (LSFCT) exists to serve Jesus Christ by providing financial and strategic resources to projects that lead to self-sustaining kingdom-building ministries, where support will leverage the success of the whole body of Christ. Areas of special interest are Faith & Work (Kingdom Business), Family Values, and regional, national, and global Transformation initiatives.

The Eldred family's first charitable foundation was established in 1986 as Praise the Lord Foundation. In 1999, the family decided to look more proactively into ministry opportunities that share the same vision and therefore created the Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust (LSFCT), a public support organization based on the same principles.

The Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust (LSFCT) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation. It has a public board and an office open to the public.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does your grantmaking work?

LSFCT takes a proactive approach to grantmaking. This means that we study our areas of interest and ask those organizations appearing to do exceptional work to submit proposals. In other words, we accept grant requests by invitation only.

Do you offer multi-year funding?

Grants typically cover a one-year period. Occasionally we do multi-year funding on projects with organizations that have proven their commitment to our mutual goals.

What are your expectations after a grant is approved?

We require a signed agreement and brief written reports every three, six, or twelve months depending on the nature of the project. Progress Reports should identify how the goals and objectives of the project are being achieved. A Final Report should indicate a summary of the project's accomplishments according to the goals and objectives presented in the proposal.

Does the Foundation make grants to churches or denominations?

Not as a rule.

Are there other restrictions to the foundation's grantmaking?

We do not fund buildings or facilities projects. The foundation typically does not make grants to international organizations that are not associated with a related U.S. non-profit.

Interviews & Articles
Title Date Description

Family Talk - God Is at Work II

Mar 26, 2019

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Family Talk - God Is at Work I

Mar 25, 2019

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Washington Times - What I Didn't Learn In Business School

Oct 6, 2016

Ken Eldred article on the real source of
successful business principles

Marcus & Joni -
United in Purpose (@ 19:46)

Mar 7, 2016

Ken Eldred and Bill Dallas explain why
Christians should vote their faith

CNP -
Building Generosity in the Family

Feb 21, 2016

Ken and Kary Eldred discuss how generosity
became an integral part of the family

Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur II

Dec 23, 2015

Ken Eldred's podcast interview about integrating
faith and business [part 2]

Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur I

Dec 16, 2015

Ken Eldred's podcast interview about integrating
faith and business [part 1]

Eternal Leadership

Dec 30, 2014

Ken Eldred's podcast interview on integrating his faith and work

Christian Union -
Understanding Faith & Economics

Mar 28, 2014

Ken Eldred's plenary speech at
the Christian Union's Ivy League Congress

CBMC - Changing Your Paradigm

Apr 20, 2013

Ken Eldred's third keynote speech at
the CBMC Leadership Development Conference

CBMC - Spiritual Capital

Apr 20, 2013

Ken Eldred's second keynote speech at
the CBMC Leadership Development Conference

CBMC - The Integrated Life

Apr 19, 2013

Ken Eldred's first keynote speech at
the CBMC Leadership Development Conference

Family Talk - Finding Success
in a Failing Economy II

Jul 10, 2012

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Family Talk - Finding Success
in a Failing Economy I

Jul 9, 2012

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Family Talk -
Why We Need Boundaries

Mar 7, 2012

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Don't Give Weakly

Sep 25, 2011

Kary Eldred sermon at Mountainview Church,
Madrid, Spain

Grounded - Time Management

Mar 8, 2011

Ken Eldred radio interview with Ryan Dobson

Family Talk - God Is at Work II

Oct 19, 2010

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Family Talk - God Is at Work I

Oct 18, 2010

Ken Eldred radio interview with Dr. James Dobson

Friday Encounter

Mar 06, 2009

Ken Eldred radio interview with Eben Fowler

Finding God In What You Do

May 19, 2009

Drew Dyck - The High Calling

Founders
Ken A. Eldred (Co-Founder/CEO)

For over 20 years, Ken Eldred served as CEO of Inmac, a public company he founded. In that capacity, he was named Silicon Valley's "Entrepreneur of the Year." Mr. Eldred has assisted in the founding of several other successful companies, including Ariba, one of the first business-to-business Internet companies to go public. He is involved in ventures in the United States, China, Europe, and India, and he advises various Kingdom business ventures and ministries. Mr. Eldred is the author of The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work. He is also the author of God is at Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business, named the top book by the Business as Mission Network, as well as co-editor of On Kingdom Business, winner of a 2004 Christianity Today Book Award. Mr. Eldred has undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford and was a Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Belhaven University.

Roberta E. Eldred (Co-Founder/President)

Roberta Eldred has served as a Director on the Board of Trustees for Regent University in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Veterans Health Administration's Psychiatry Office, the Christian Counseling Center in San Mateo, California, and the Caravan House, an organization which helps disturbed adolescents. Prior to that, she served as Director of the Department of Minority Affairs for Educational Testing Systems, producers of the well-known SAT program in Princeton, New Jersey. She began her career as a Junior High Spanish teacher in the Bay Area. Mrs. Eldred has served as group facilitator for programs at both Stanford University's Business School and Santa Clara University's School of Psychology, where she earned a master's degree and nearly completed a PhD. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Regent University.

Team
Ken Eldred (Chairman/CEO)
Robert Eldred (President)
Alex Brubaker (Director)
Cindy Johns (Exec Admin)
Seeba & Associates, Inc. (Finance)
Books
The Integrated Life Faith and Work Aligned
We’re all exhausted. We struggle with conflicting demands of life—work, family, and faith. We sense an unsettling disconnectedness between those competing spheres. How do we resolve the tension between work and spiritual life? What if we recognized a deep connection between faith and business? What if biblical values weren’t roadblocks but actually the source of successful business? What if the real goal of business were more noble than profit maximization? What if we could see our everyday work as having spiritual value? What if we could approach it as ministry? What if it were our calling, a calling as high as that of a pastor or missionary? What if God cared deeply about our work and wanted to be involved? And what if we could even partner with him in our business?
God Is at Work Purpose-Driven Business
There is an important role for Christian business people in effecting real change in developing countries, and many are already taking up the mantle. They are pursuing Kingdom business, for-profit business ventures designed to facilitate the transformation of people and nations. God Is at Work deals with this emerging missions movement, one in which Christians are meeting significant spiritual and economic needs in the developing world. Learn why Christian business people are uniquely equipped to address poverty, a disease that afflicts many millions around the world. Discover the colorful two thousand-year history of business as a missions vehicle. Meet those engaged in exciting Kingdom business ventures today—even in areas mostly closed to the gospel. Get a vision for "transforming people and nations through business."
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