FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The foundation is here to help. Please contact us if you have a question not answered on this website.


Can I give shares of stock to my local church through the Foundation?

Yes. The Foundation offers this service on behalf of all our local churches and UM related agencies. Click here to read the simple stock transfer instructions.


Can I make a direct gift from my IRA to my church?

If you are at least age 70 1/2, then a direct gift from your traditional IRA is great way to make a tax-free gift to your church. To learn more, click here.


Can I apply for a scholarship from the Foundation?

The Foundation offers scholarships to eligible undergraduate students and seminary students. Visit the scholarship page to find out if you’re eligible to apply.


Can I invest my personal funds at the Foundation?

No. Only UM churches and related charities may invest funds at the Foundation.  Individuals can, however, create gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts at the Foundation that will provide annual payments to the individual. Or, you can create a Donor Advised Fund or a designated permanent endowment at the Foundation that will provide a lasting legacy of support to your favorite church or ministry.


Does the Foundation provide grants to any charity?

No, the Foundation grant program is only available to local United Methodist churches and related United Methodist agencies within the state of Missouri.


Is the Foundation a charity?

Yes, the Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization created to serve the charitable interest and activities of United Methodist churches and related ministries in Missouri. All gifts made to benefit funds administered by the Foundation qualify as tax deductible charitable gifts.


Can I create an endowment at the Foundation for my church?

Yes. Many donors create endowments at the Foundation for a particular church, a particular ministry, a scholarship fund, or for the benefit of multiple charitable interests. To learn more click here.


How can I give to my church or favorite United Methodist ministry?

There are many ways to give to your church or a favorite ministry. The Foundation can help with information and practical assistance. To start learning more, follow this link: Resources for Donors Section. Our helpful staff is also available by calling 800-332-8238.