Serving Michigan Churches
We offer a variety of programs and services to help your church get the most from available financial resources.
Investment and Fund Management
Professional investment of church funds has been a popular service of the Foundation since 1982. Currently, over 300 congregations have chosen to have us professionally manage their endowment funds, memorial funds, building and capital accounts, and numerous other designated accounts. Most importantly, we offer the best in fiduciary responsibility, social accountability, and quality investments within the parameters established by the church itself. Learn more about socially responsible investments.
Creative Gift-Giving Seminars
The Foundation's program staff, as well as trained volunteer consultants, are available to present clinics and programs at your church on a wide variety of topics, including: Christian estate planning, creating a personal will, and other planned giving issues.
Through our consulting and publishing ministries, we serve as the primary stewardship arm of the United Methodist Church in Michigan. We provide experienced resourcing from information gathered during our more than 2,000 consultations with churches of all kinds and sizes.
Capitol Project Consultation
We have assisted over 200 congregations in planning, financing and funding capital acquisitions for a variety of projects, such as: new construction, renovations, and organ acquisition. The Foundation has played a vital role in enabling churches to raise over $25 million for capital projects during the past several years.
Local Church Finance
Whether it is providing direction of an annual budget campaign, training finance volunteers, or trouble shooting in problematic situations, the Foundation staff is available to work with churches on financial tasks of any kind.
Endowment Development and Promotion
Healthy congregations are receiving a growing portion of operating income from endowment earnings. The Foundation can show you how to organize to participate in this enormous opportunity. Learn more...
Help for Accepting Gift Securities
The Foundation offers a service to assist donors in making non-cash gifts to their local churches. One of the advantages of having an account with the Foundation is the ability to use our brokerage accounts to accept gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The use of this account can expedite the receipt of donations, saving your church the hassle and expense of opening an account. We receive the securities, sell them & then can write a check for the proceeds or deposit the money in your account.
We are prepared to accept stocks, bonds and mutual fund gifts on your behalf. Our staff is available to give advice ensuring the full benefit of gifting, to both the church and your donor, is achieved. Contact us for more information.