Dear Friends of High Oaks,
With gratitude, we’re thinking of you as we go forward into 2023. As you will see from this letter,
there was God-impelled progress on every front, and we’re happy to share some of the highlights.
Over the past months, we worked increasingly with our fellow philanthropies in the field, including the National Fund for CS Nursing, The Dominion Foundation, and The Sunnyside Foundation. As a result, we saw increased financial assistance for applicants for CS nursing care in our region. In addition, we took part in developing fresh new ideas to strengthen CS nursing activities. This was possible through our participation in The Philanthropy Forum for Christian Science Nursing, part of a larger collaboration of representatives from the AOCSN (Association of Organizations for CS Nursing), the Christian Science Nursing Network, and The Mother Church. Through this collaboration, we broadened our understanding of the needs in the field, which has guided us in increasing our support of CS nurses and nursing.
Going forward, we see more clearly than ever that the deeper understanding of true benevolence underpins our mission. We invite you to join us in exploring fresh insights on this topic at our upcoming virtual Spring Meeting, “Biblical Basis of Benevolence,” with Madelon Maupin, Bible scholar, on March 18 at 11:00 am to noon. (EST). Required registration will be available on upcoming email invitations or on our website at highoaksinc.org.
It’s a joy and privilege to work with the High Oaks Board of Directors and our Finance Committee and to know and feel the support of each of you in this blessed work. The following reports from our Board members highlight our growth in the past year, and we hope you find them inspiring.
Nancy Miller Batty
The continual unfoldment of God’s goodness enables the Board to make decisions involving the mission of High Oaks. This includes benevolence for Christian Science nursing care in a facility or at home; Christian Science practitioner fees; tuition for Christian Science nurses training courses; tuition for Christian Science summer and family camps; and for necessities on a temporary basis. It also includes direct grants to qualifying branch churches in the region.
We meet monthly, beginning by putting first things first with a metaphysical topic, inspired readings, prayer, and shared insights. Our love for God, Christ Jesus, and Mary Baker Eddy is behind, around, and ahead of us, assuring the effectiveness of Christian Science healing.
We’re grateful to report that the financial status of High Oaks Inc. remains very strong. The wise investment of assets in 2022 resulted in relatively minor adjustments in the total portfolio of the organization, despite a difficult investment economy worldwide. We’re pleased that the income from investments and contributions in 2022 allowed us to support the applicant requests we received. The current value of our assets is $5.2 million.
This past year, we reviewed and defined our investment philosophy which, in part, states our goal to maintain a consistent level of giving while providing for the growth and perpetuity of High Oaks Inc. In support of this goal, we’re engaged in retaining additional professional financial advisors.
Your contributions ensure our continuing dependability as a source for benevolence in our region. An increase in the total number of donors to High Oaks Inc. is an essential element in our compliance with our IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation.
Benevolence, which reciprocally blesses both the receiver and the giver, continues to be at the heart of the High Oaks mission. This past year, we were privileged to distribute $278,502 in benevolence in support of those in our six-state region, relying on Christian Science for healing. As we continue to cherish our primary purpose to support Christian Science healing, we gratefully acknowledge Love’s blessings for each recipient and for each contributor in support of this united purpose.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph Benedict, President
Pat Elliott, Vice President
Ross Collins, Treasurer
Christine Polito, Secretary