Create an Endowment


"It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade" Mark 4:30-32

An endowment is a permanent fund established with the goal of growing principal  and generating income. In most cases the principal of an endowment cannot be spent and only the income generated is to be utilized for either a restricted or unrestricted purpose. The protection of principal ensures that your church or agency will be able to continue receiving income from its endowment for years to come. Normally endowments are intended to support outreach ministries over and above the organization's expense budget, thus making these ministries possible for the current and future generations. 


The Foundation works with both organizations and individuals to create permanent endowment funds. For an individual donor an endowment might be a way to leave a lasting legacy, to ensure the future survival of a well-loved ministry, or create a lasting memorial to a loved one. For a church or agency an endowment can mean dependable ongoing support for ministry and mission and the encouragement of future giving. 



The United Methodist Foundation is available to provide personalized service to assist with the establishment of an endowment fund. This service is provided at no cost.


The following is a partial list of the endowment services provided by the Foundation:


  •      - Assistance in the drafting of charge conference resolutions in line with the         Book of Discipline

  •      - Provision of sample language and suggestions in the drafting of an                     endowment fund policy and investment policy

  •      - Advisement on the proper management of donor restricted gifts and                   establishment of a gift acceptance policy

  •      - Individual consultation with donors considering gifts to the endowment

  •        fund


"When you enter the land and plant all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it shall not be eaten. 'But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD. 'In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you; I am the LORD your God" Leviticus 19:23-25


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