(RNS) Eager to give away a 217-acre campus that's been earmarked for donation since 2009, the owners of a former prep school facility in Northfield, Mass., have broadened their criteria to include non-Christian applicants.
For nine months, the National Christian Foundation, a donor-advised fund, has been seeking a new owner for a campus previously owned by Northfield Mount Hermon School. The site's previous owners, Oklahoma's billionaire Green family, had wanted it to go to a Christian institution. [Editor's note: CT has regularly covered the Northfield saga.]
But now, to finish the deal, the foundation is entertaining less-than-ideal proposals from organizations that do not seek to spread the Christian gospel—at least not explicitly.
"It's possible that there are organizations doing the work of Christ without saying that they're doing it in Christ's name," said Aimee Minnich, president of National Christian Foundation Heartland, the ...1