About Us

Mission

The JustPax Fund provides financial and logistical support to individuals and organizations working for effective change in the realms of gender justice, environmental justice, and economic justice. Through monetary grants, JustPax invests in projects and initiatives that that not only ameliorate the effects of environmental, economic or gender-based injustice, but also create innovative and replicable pathways to transforming old systems of oppression while empowering those affected to create more sustainable and vibrant alternatives. The JustPax Fund seeks to create space for critical inquiry, generate awareness, and promote solutions to the many complex societal challenges facing our global community. The JustPax Fund seeks to bolster the capacity of passionate and creative agents for change by providing the financial resources necessary for their work.

Foundation and Focus

Molded by the values of the Anabaptist and Believer’s Church Tradition that embrace service, justice, tolerance, mutuality, and religious liberty, the JustPax Fund holds a preferential interest in proposals from individuals and organizations who share in these values. While maintaining an interest in this constituency, the JustPax Fund welcomes all proposals from applicants who embody a philosophy in unison with our vision and mission. Ultimately, the JustPax Fund seeks to support projects that will offer exceptional benefits to the present and future global community, rooted in a spirit of compassion, awareness, and a desire for justice in the realms of gender, environment, and economic relations.

Governance

The JustPax Fund is a donor-advised fund administered by Everence Charitable Services Harrisonburg office through the Everence affiliate, Mennonite Foundation.

Advisory Board

The JustPax Fund’s Advisory Board sets the funding priorities of the JustPax Fund, reviews applications on an annual basis, and makes the final recommendations regarding fund distributions. It is comprised of the following volunteer members:

Terry Beitzel is the Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence and Associate Professor of Justice Studies at James Madison University.

Teresa Boshart Yoder serves as an Everence Stewardship Consultant, passionately helping congregations and nonprofit organizations with stewardship education and charitable planning needs, and helping individuals create charitable giving plans in line with their faith and values.

Joseph L. Lapp is a Managing Director of the Everence Financial Advisors which administers the JustPax Fund and President Emeritus of Eastern Mennonite University.

Benjamin W. Redekop is the Chairperson of the JustPax Fund Advisory Board, as well as Professor of Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University.

Fred Redekop is a Professor at the Department of Counselor Education at Kutztown University.

Lee F. Snyder is President Emeritus, Bluffton University and past-Interim President for Eastern Mennonite University. She maintains a passion for service, for the church, for Mennonite higher education, leadership development and writing.   The mother of two daughters, Lee and her husband Del Snyder reside in Harrisonburg VA when they are not on assignment elsewhere or spending time with family.

Meghan Williamson with Pine Knot Projects works to launch social and economic programs in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, supporting a fairer economy and more sustainable living through initiatives like the hOUR Economy timebank and the Invest Local initiative.

 

Inquires for the JustPax Fund may be directed to:

Teresa Boshart Yoder
JustPax Fund
Everence
841 Mt. Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-437-7422
Email: teresa.boshartyoder@everence.com