After a lifetime of giving, Charles Irvine and his wife, Cyndi, continue to perform what she describes as his life's work, establishing the Irvine Christian Foundation to benefit faith based non-profits in Navarro County.
Cyndi describes her husband as a jack of all trades, detailing his professional credentials working as a certified public accountant, “Farmer Brown” – her personal favorite, and establishing the Mini West Storage facilities, among other ventures.
After selling his business and receiving a life changing cancer diagnosis, Charlie invested in his lifelong passion, giving back for the glory of God.
“It's his life's work.” Cyndi said. “He said, 'This is what I'm going to do. I'm going to give everything back to God.' He worked and saved – eats generic food – he's very, very frugal. He saved his whole life and funded this thing.”
Capital contributions from the Irvines established the Irvine Christian Foundation in 2017, awarding its first grant to Grace Community Church of Corsicana earlier this year.
While Charlie served on many organizational boards, this is the first as a founding member. Now, as President, he and Cyndi, who serves as Secretary, work together with a dedicated board of directors to continue growing the foundation.
Grants from the foundation are available to Christian non-profits of Navarro County, and intended to assist those organizations in spreading the word of God.
“The goal of it is to provide the funds to spread the word of Christ.” Cyndi said. “The things it could be used for are limited only by the imaginations of the people who are asking for money. Anything that could infuse life into the spiritual wellness of Corsicana or Navarro County.”
“For me, it's the ability to do more than what they've done in the past. To reach different populations and do different things.” said Carol Thomson, Treasurer.
“To realize a dream they may have that they don't have the budget for.” Cyndi added.
The application process is now open for 2020, with the foundation planning to award two grants annually. To qualify, applicants must be a non-profit, Christian organization with 501(c)3 status based in Navarro County.
To apply, visit irvinechristianfoundation.org to print the application, which may be mailed to Irvine Christian Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Corsicana, TX 75151.
The foundation will award grants based on the determination of its board of directors, and applications not chosen will be maintained for consideration during the next grant period.
Serving on the board are: Charles Irvine, President; Demi Pawzun, Vice President; Cyndi Irvine, Secretary; Carol Thomson, Treasurer. Other members include Toby Romack, Ricky Christmas, Steve Colburn, and advisory board member Twania Christmas.
For those who wish to contribute to the foundation's mission, donations and memorial tributes are accepted by mail to Irvine Christian Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Corsicana, TX 75151.