Buckhead Christian Ministry says it has received the biggest donation in its 25-year history, a $1 million gift that the non-profit group will use to establish an endowment to help the community’s poor and low-income residents.

The group reported the donation in a Feb. 28 press release, saying it came from the The Stuart and Eulene Murray Foundation. The gift will be distributed to the charity over four years. As a “thank you,” BCM plans to name its Piedmont Road location “The Stuart and Eulene Murray Building.”

“Regardless of the state of our economy, there are always people who are thrust into financial crisis by uncontrollable events such as illness, abuse, or job loss. This endowment will give BCM a permanent foundation, so that we can continue providing effective help for families that need to start again,” BCM Executive Director Helen Cunningham said via press release. “This is such a unique opportunity for a human service ministry. Our board has dreamed of this for more than a decade, and we are deeply grateful to The Murray Foundation for adopting our vision and leading the way.”

Foundation trustee Joe McDonald said the foundation knows BCM will put the money to good use. BCM helps people in 15 different zip codes from its Buckhead office with food, clothing and rent and utility assistance among other services.

“We are pleased to be a part of this defining moment in BCM’s history. BCM is a well-managed organization, and we believe strongly in their work. We have full confidence that this gift will be used wisely so as to make greatest impact on our community now and well into the future,” said McDonald said in the press release.

Dan Whisenhunt

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