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GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE - FAQS

In alignment with our GLIDE Forward strategic vision, in 2022, GLIDE continues to build on important organizational changes to modernize and strengthen the social services, social justice and advocacy work of the GLIDE Foundation and the spiritual work of Glide Memorial Church.

As part of these changes, GLIDE Foundation (GLIDE) is establishing a new structure that separates the governance and management of the GLIDE Foundation and Glide Memorial Church. GLIDE Foundation has updated its non-profit legal status to a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation to appropriately reflect the foundation’s growing body of work on direct services, poverty alleviation, systems change and equity. Glide Memorial Church is now a legal subsidiary of GLIDE Foundation and designated as a non-profit religious corporation with its own controlling board of directors.

While continuing to operate with shared values, this distinction between GLIDE Foundation and Glide Memorial Church provides long-needed clarity for our entire community and underscores our alignment with best practices on separation of religious from non-religious activities and reinforces the operational independence of the church.

  • The GLIDE Foundation (GLIDE) has established a new structure that separates the governance and management of GLIDE Foundation from Glide Memorial Church. GLIDE has updated its non-profit legal status to a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation to reflect the foundation’s longstanding – and growing – body of work on direct services, systems change and equity.
  • Glide Memorial Church is now a legal subsidiary of GLIDE Foundation and designated as a non-profit religious corporation with its own board of directors.
  • This distinction between GLIDE Foundation and Glide Memorial Church provides long-needed clarity for our entire community and underscores our alignment with best practices on separation of religious from non-religious activities.
  • GLIDE Foundation remains a center for social justice dedicated to creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives through expanded direct services, advocating for systems change, and promoting equity.
  • Glide Memorial Church will continue to grow as a radically inclusive, faith and justice-rooted spiritual movement that welcomes all.
  • This distinction between GLIDE Foundation and Glide Memorial Church provides long-needed clarity for our entire community and underscores our alignment with best practices on separation of religious from non-religious activities. 
  • GLIDE Foundation (GLIDE) has historically funded and overseen the church, historically called Glide Memorial United Methodist Church but recently renamed Glide Memorial Church after it ended its longstanding partnership with the United Methodist Church. Unfettered by previous religious ties, this change reinforces the church’s operational independence, and allows the church to further define its spiritual principles and faith mission.  
  • GLIDE and Glide Memorial Church are guided by shared core values and history. GLIDE is committed to an ongoing partnership with the church and supports its future growth as a spiritual community with a radically inclusive faith tradition that welcomes all. Glide Memorial Church is committed to lifting and amplifying the stories of GLIDE’s transformative work in the community and in the world.
  • Glide Memorial Church is now a legal subsidiary of GLIDE Foundation and designated as a non-profit religious corporation with its own board of directors.
  • As a non-profit religious corporation, the purpose of Glide Memorial Church is to engage in religious, charitable, and educational activities. Glide Memorial Church will continue to grow its congregation as a radically inclusive, faith and justice-rooted spiritual movement that welcomes all.
  • Separate from the GLIDE Board of Directors, the newly established Glide Memorial Church Board is responsible for organizational and fiduciary oversight, managerial support, and strategic planning that undergirds the church’s core values and purpose as a spiritual center.
  • The church’s stellar executive committee members include Reggie Johnson as the board chair, Kiana Moore as vice-chair, Laura Thompson as secretary, and Martin Soto as treasurer. You can find the entire church board on the church’s updated leadership webpage. leadership webpage.
  • While forever united through our shared values, the new structure separates the governance and management of GLIDE and Glide Memorial Church. It reflects best practices on the separation of religious from non-religious activities, reinforces the church’s operational independence, and allows the church to further define its spiritual principles and faith mission.
  • The establishment of a new Glide Memorial Church governance structure and a new church Board of Directors marks progress in the church’s unfolding history and the operational independence of the church. Unfettered by previous religious ties, Glide Memorial Church is free to continue its bold liberation path for its congregation.
  • As part of the new structure, Glide Memorial Church has established a new Board of Directors made up of longstanding church lay and congregational leaders, incorporating the voices of the congregation. Together with Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White, the board will shape the direction of the next generation of Glide Memorial Church.
  • Separate from the GLIDE Board, the Glide Memorial Church Board is responsible for fiduciary oversight, strategic planning, organizational leadership, and support which undergirds the Church’s core values and purpose as a spiritual center of healing, faith, justice, and community for everyone.
  • Members of the Glide Memorial Church board’s executive committee include Reggie Johnson as the board chair, Kiana Moore as vice chair, Laura Thompson, as secretary, and Martin Soto as treasurer.
  • At this time, GLIDE continues to accept, and process financial contributions designated for either entity – GLIDE Foundation’s direct services and programs, and Glide Memorial Church’s faith and justice-based programs and spiritual community. Should you have any questions about ways to support GLIDE Foundation or Glide Memorial Church now or in the future, please contact us at development@glide.org or 415-674-6070.