FUMC Endowment Foundation


Invest in the future of our church by a bequest to the Church

What is the First United Methodist Church Endowment Foundation, Inc?

Created in 2001, the Foundation accepts, manages and distributes funds to promote and support existing and future programs at First Church. The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance the mission and outreach of the church beyond the annual operating budget. These funds are entirely separate and distinct from the funds that support the day-to-day operations budget of First Church.

The Foundation’s initial funding was $356,000 from bequests to the Church over the years. Due to the generosity of our members and the astute management of the funds by the Investment Committee, the portfolio has grown to over $1,000,000 as of the end of 2014. The Foundation has distributed $485,221 back to First Church through 2014.

Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Who manages the Foundation?

A Board of Stewards elected by the Church Charge Conference manages investments and approves requests for disbursements.

Who asks for disbursements?

Depending on the Fund, either the Board of Trustees, the Charge Conference or the Administrative Council may request disbursements from the Foundation.

What will my gift support?

  • Missions
  • Music
  • Library
  • Scholarships
  • Stephen Ministries
  • Property Care
  • Property Acquisition & Construction
  • Church History
  • Parsonage
  • Church Needs
  • All Equities Church Fund

How will my gift be allocated? 

You may designate the Fund or Funds you wish to receive your gift. If you make no designation, the Funds/Distributions Committee will allocate your gift as they determine it will best serve the mission of the Foundation and the needs of the Church.

What is the Heritage Society?

The Heritage Society was established to recognize and honor members who have made bequests to or included the Church in their estate planning. A cast bronze living tree icon was placed in the Gathering Hall as a symbol of the Society. The four plaques on the wall with the icon include the names of those, both living and deceased, who have included First Church in their will.

How do I make known the fact that I have included First Church in my estate planning?

Heritage Society Enrollment Form


Call the First United Methodist Church Downtown office at 859-233-0545.