Endowment and Memorial Gifts Ministry

“I will not just live my life, I will invest my life”  Helen Keller

 In 1997, AldergateUnitedMethodistChurchlaunched an Endowment Ministry designed to steward gifts from members and friend’s estates, including gifts of stock or retirement fund’s Required Minimum Distributions.  The Endowment Fund provides a long term foundation for the ministries of Aldersgate UMC.  Gifts to an Endowment Fund are protected in perpetuity and only income generated by growth in the Fund is to be used for ministry.  The purpose of our Endowment Fund will be to support property needs and mission ministries with proceeds generated after the fund value reaches $100,000.  Click Here to read the current Endowment & Memorial Funds Charter(attached).

 The Endowment Fund is invested with the United Methodist Foundation of New England which monitors socially responsibly investing principles in accordance with the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  In addition, Aldersgate’s Scholarship Funds and Memorial Funds are invested similarly.  For a brochure describing Aldersgate’s Endowment & Memorial’s Ministry, Click Here. (attached)

Current Status
As of June, 2011, the Endowment fund has received several generous donations from the Ciesluk, Daynard, Leaverton and Schmid Families.  Those gifts have grown to now exceed over $40,000.

Resources for Donors
If you would like to explore making a gift to Aldersgate’s Endowment ministry, please contact the Pastor at your convenience.   This Link(attached page) offers a simple overview of Planned Giving as a spiritual discipline.

A booklet on Planned Gifts 
A brochure on Planned Gifts
A brochures on Wills
A brochure on  Gift Annuities (need to find)
A brochure on Gifts through your IRA

Click Here to use an online Gift Calculator to estimate the lifetime income and tax savings from a life-income gift.  Gift Annuities are the most popular vehicle.

Online calculations are estimates and donors should always consult with their financial planner or attorney  Gift proposals can be requested by contacting the United Methodist Foundation of New England  at 1-800-595-4347 or info@umfne.org..

Memorial Gifts
            Gifts to the church in honor of someone’s life (Living or Deceased) are identified as Memorial Gifts.  These contributions enable the church to accomplish ministry goals and often fund new equipment or resources for worship or education.  Family members are invited to offer suggestions for the Church Council to consider in consultation with the Endowment & Memorials Committee and Trustees.  See the Endowment & Memorial Gifts Charter for more information.

 “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from sbove.”  James 1:17