MAX HIPP-Daniel McKie Chapter President
JAK SMITH ESQ-2nd VP MS SAR, William Gray Chapter
DR. FULWIDER- MS SAR President- William Gray Chapter
BOBBY JO SEALES-National SAR Chairman GWEF- Southern District Vice President General Elect.
CONNIE LILLY- Wife of Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, Daniel McKie Chapter
George Washington Fellows

  Very often one hears the question, "What is that gold lapel pin you are wearing?" or "What is the purpose of the GWEF"? To answer these and similar types of queries one has to look back several years into the history of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. Prior to 1993 the National SAR committees had no means of covering the costs related to the work of the committee such as printing, mailing, etc. It often fell to the committee chairman to foot the bill for things as postage/printing or a "hat was passed" at a meeting to raise funds for the particular project.

  People who donate $1000.00 to the endowment fund are known as GW fellows and are entitled to wear the small gold lapel pin bearing the bust of George Washington. This can be done with a single donation or paid out at the rate of $200.00 per year for five years. Once someone is a fellow he or she will never be asked to donate again and membership is not restricted to a compatriot but also open to wives and children. In fact anyone who would like to make a $1000.00 donation may become a fellow.  Your donation is never spent, only the interest and dividends that it earns are used. When you donate you are truly leaving “a patriotic legacy for life.”

  The GWEF also provides funding for projects that often go unnoticed. The endowment provided $5,000 toward the cost of the base for the Minute Man Statute located in front of our National Headquarters in Louisville, while annually providing funds for some of the events at Congress such as the printing of the Public Service Awards booklet which is distributed at the Tuesday night banquet and the cost of the Sunday morning Orations Contestant breakfast. 

  With the advancements in communications technology such as e-mail, file share, texting many of the original needs for funding have gone away. While supporting the unfunded and underfunded committees remains the primary focus of the GWEF, the endowment has been able to expand its scope of help to support outreach education and, when possible, unique projects sponsored by state societies.

National Society Sons of the American Revolution
George Washington Endowment Fund
Distribution Committee
Russell F. DeVenney, Jr., Chairman
5026 South Hunter Court, Columbia, MO 65203-9227
VOICE: (573) 289-1299 cell, (573) 446-1382 home

01 August 2019


   The George Washington Endowment Fund was established to support ‘unfunded’ and
‘underfunded’ SAR Projects. The GWEF Distribution Committee is accepting requests for
financial assistance fromSAR National Committees and State Societies for the remainder
of 2019 and the start of 2020. (SAR Chapters may also
apply for financial assistance.

  However, Chapters must apply through their State Society Presidents.) Committee Chairman and State Presidents are encouraged to review their financial needs for
2020 and submit their projected requirements by the Spring Leadership meeting.
“The GWEF Distribution Committee encourages requests to be presented for considered in person at the GWEF Distribution Committee meetings at Spring and Fall Leadership meetings or if required at National Congress meetings.”

  We will also consider electronic requests between meetings by Email or US Mail. Send
requests to: Russell F. DeVenney, Jr., Chairman. Submissions should include the following information:                                                                                                                                  

1. Status of the Project
2. Total Cost of the Project
3. Funding from additional sources (Private, State and /or Chapter or Fund Raising)
4. Financial request of the GWEF

Note: Other information is encouraged. (Traditionally, the GWEF has not provided
100% funding of Projects.)
* If approved, recognition of the GWEF is required.

Examples of recent GWEF support:
1. Veterans Recognition Committee / Certificates and Presentation Folders, Printing and Mailing [up to $1,500.00 ~ 100%]
2. GWEF Fund Raising Committee / Purchase
of additional George Washington Pins [up to $500.00 ~ 100%]
3. GWEF Board / Redesign and printing of ‘new’ GWEF Trifolds & Bi-folds w/inserts [$2,600.00 ~ 100%]
4. Historian General / 129th Annual Congress “History Huddle” Audio Visual equipment [$1,311.00 ~ 100%]
5. Connecticut Society / Beacon Hill Monument Plaque Fort Wooster Park [$2,000.00 ~ 65.6%]
6. Rumbaugh Orations Committee / Congress Breakfast and Finals Video Taping [
up to $4,000.00 ~ 100%] GWEF – Distribution Committee

Russell F. DeVenney, Jr., Chairman

   Many MSSSAR members remember those days and provided money out of their own pocket to cover costs associated with the mission of the national committee. In 1993 the national trustees approved the establishment of the George Washington Endowment Fund (GWEF) with a charter to provide financial support to unfunded and underfunded national committees and special projects with the earnings of the endowment fund being distributed to appropriate committees and projects.

These are our MSSSAR  GWEF fellows Todate from L to R

George Washington Endowment Fund

  Eighty percent of the income (defined as dividends and interest) are made available annually to help with these causes. Currently the endowment is valued at approximately $1.9 million and over the years has provided thousands of dollars to the SAR.