Billy Graham Awarded 1 Million for Library


Grant to be used in development of Billy Graham Library

September 12, 2006

Charlotte, N.C., September 12, 2006 – The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from the Longwood, FL based Chatlos Foundation. The grant will be used to help fund the construction and operation of the Billy Graham Library.

“This gift from The Chatlos Foundation will help us spread the Gospel for years to come,” said BGEA Executive Vice President Preston Parrish. “The Billy Graham Library will be an ongoing crusade that will expose visitors to the truth of Jesus Christ at every turn. The Chatlos Foundation recognizes the importance  and urgency of telling as many people as possible the Good News of Christ. We deeply value their partnership over the years and their participation now in this one-of-a-kind outreach.”

Opening in Spring 2007, the Billy Graham Library will invite visitors to learn more about Jesus Christ as they walk through thepast 60 years of Billy Graham’s worldwide ministry. The 40,000 square foot library will include audio and visual exhibits, historic memorabilia, a bookstore, and a dining area. Visitors may also tour a replica of the boyhood home of Billy Graham, which features many parts of the original home that sat just a few miles from the new BGEA headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Research predicts over 200,000 visitors will tour the library annually.

Chatlos Foundation: Since The Chatlos Foundation began in 1953, it has awarded over $95 million in grants to more than 5,700 non-profit organizations. The Chatlos Foundation proclaims the Glory of God by funding nonprofit organizations in the USA and around the globe. Support is provided by organizations currently exempt by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. The Foundation’s areas of interest are: Bible Colleges/Seminaries, Religious Causes, Medical Concerns, Liberal Arts Colleges and Social Concerns.

BGEA: BGEA exists to support and extend the evangelistic calling and ministries of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham by proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to all we can by every effective means available to us and by equipping others to do the same.