Over the 20+ years of existence, your Foundation, thanks to the generosity of its donors, has provided significant financial support to the workings of the church, such as:
FUMC Foundation financial support over the last 6 years includes:
Shine Forth Campaign – Renovation of Cary Hall and kitchen/restrooms (now referred to as the Commons). Approximately $200,000 Foundation contribution. Foundation contribution (2013-2016)
Church endowment & church operational expenses – Support of the expenses of the church to help meet annual operational budget needs. Monies coming from both endowed and unrestricted funds have been used to address the funding gap in annual budgets. Approximately $330,000 Foundation contribution over the last six years.
Youth scholarships – Financing primarily through endowed Foundation funds. Approximately $10,000 Foundation contribution over the past six years.
Major building maintenance – Mead Chapel steeple repair, shingling, A/C repair, carpet replacement, etc. Approximately $640,000 of Foundation contribution which includes nearly $300,000 for parking lot resurfacing.
Music program – Monies primarily available through the Music Endowment fund of the Foundation and used at the discretion of the Director of Music. These have been used for community outreach concerts, instrumentalists, etc. Approximately $21,000 Foundation contribution (2013-2016).
Staff computer system maintenance/replacement – Approximately $27,000 Foundation contribution (2013-2016).
Fire detection and security – Approximately $92,000 Foundation contribution (2015-2016).
It is important to note, that over the years, some members have made significant contributions to fund specific projects or programs where the funds are not necessarily funneled through the Foundation. Whether it is a direct contribution or a contribution to the Foundation, the results are the same; helping address critical needs of our church while leaving a legacy.
How can we, as members of First Church, continue to support the vision of our church and focus on our mission of doing God’s work? What can we do now so our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and future FUMC members will want to carry forward a legacy we can give? It is something each of us should be contemplating and taking appropriate, well planned actions to transition us into the future.
If you have any questions or require additional information about making a difference through a bequest to the FUMC Foundation, please contact: