The First United Methodist Endowment Fund was “established to provide members and friends the opportunity to make charitable gifts that will support and benefit the Church for future generations. The Church’s established programs are normally funded through the annual operating budget of the church, supported by the regular giving of its members. The Endowment Fund is intended to help pay for programs or expenses which are over and above the regular programs supported by the Church’s operating budget.”
Donations to the Endowment Fund can be made as follows:
- Permanent Fund: Principal is permanently invested with only the income approved for use as designated.
- Quasi Fund: Principal is invested and can be used along with the income with proper approvals.
- Within either fund, gifts may be assigned to the following categories: Mission, Capital, General or Undesignated.
HOW TO MAKE A GIFT
There are many ways to help build our Endowment Fund. Here are a few examples:
- Cash donations
- Bequest through a will
- Life insurance policy
- Gift of real estate
- Appreciated securities
- Charitable gift annuity
The Endowment Fund Committee is composed of:
- Chair of Lead Church Council
- Chair of Trustees
- Chair of Finance
- 2 At-Large Members
The Committee is responsible to promote the Endowment Fund and is amenable to Lead Church Council. The Endowment Funds are professionally managed and invested in accordance with socially accepted investment principles.
If you are interested in making a contribution to the First United Methodist Church Endowment fund or if you would like to have more information, please contact the church office at 570-322-3572 or [email protected]
Please click on the following link for our yearly Endowment Report.
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
~2 Corinthians 9:6-8