Services for Churches - Grants Ministry
How Our Grants Ministry Grows
Leaving a Legacy that Transforms Lives
United Methodist ministries are often on the frontlines of fighting poverty and working for social justice with programs that directly address human needs in their communities. They enact the gospel, every day. But they need long-term financial commitments so they can offer help, healing, and hope, now and in the future. Grants awarded by the Grants Committee of the Texas Methodist Foundation come from funds created by caring individuals and families who use their resources to help those ministries continue to answer God’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves for generations to come.
The most popular ways to support the Grants Ministry are through:
- Permanent Endowments
Established during a donor’s lifetime or as a bequest in a will, this type of donation stands as a perpetual endowment, the assets of which are held and invested by the Foundation. The donor can designate the income be used for a specific cause, identify potential recipients who can apply, or direct those decisions to the Grants Committee of the Foundation. A donor or others may make additional contributions to the fund at any time.
- Donor-advised Funds
Donor-advised funds are a good choice for individuals and families who want to have a voice in how gifts are managed and distributed while reaping tax benefits associated with charitable giving. Donors can evaluate charitable mission needs and establish priorities based on their values - in effect, shape their own culture of giving. Donor-advised funds can be set up as endowments, allowing for only interest to be distributed, or as pass-through funds using both principal and interest. Donors may also defer distribution decisions to the Grants Committee of the Foundation.
Donors from all walks of life make gifts that enable the Grants Ministry to distribute funds on their behalf. Maybe you want to benefit an outreach ministry at your local church to fight hunger. Perhaps funding a faculty position or scholarship to a United Methodist seminary appeals to you. Whatever your dream for ministry, we can help you provide the support. The options are endless. If you have a passion for mission - whether for your local church or for the larger Church - we can help you facilitate a gift that matches your philanthropic goals - and is a reflection, forevermore, of the abundant life given by God to us all.
We offer valuable resources and thoughtful and confidential assistance with gift planning. Contact Candy Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800/933-5502 to learn more about leaving a lasting imprint by supporting our Grants Ministry through endowments and donor-advised funds.