The Foundation for United Methodist Communications
OVERVIEW: WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION?
The Foundation for United Methodist Communications provides a powerful channel to connect faith and finances with the bold mission to change the world by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. God calls the Church to be a connected body, and communication is the avenue that allows us to live into this mission.
Embracing the transforming vision of The United Methodist Church, the Foundation supports innovative communications solutions around the world to improve communication channels and technology infrastructure.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, fostering generosity since 1998. Managed by a board of trustees, the Foundation offers financial resources and provides oversight for charitable gifts. In partnership with the United Methodist Communications agency, a common purpose is to develop a strong communications and technology infrastructure, and to foster public relations and promotional needs of the United Methodist Church.
Your generous and faithful support assures that the communications and technology resources, critical to fulfill all mission and ministries of The United Methodist Church, are available to:
- Communicate and advance ministries that change lives throughout the world
- Manage life-saving messages during global crises, such as disasters and disease outbreaks
- Tell stories of need and response that inspire and challenge people towards faithful obedience and living
- Administer internal communications channels and operations that connects all United Methodists throughout the world to harnesses generosity, vision, mission
- Provide helpful, easy-to-use communication, public relations and advertising tools equipping local churches for ministry
- Deliver communication resources and training and leadership development information, assuring that the message of Jesus Christ will be shared with all
HOW TO GIVE
From an outright gift to a bequest in a will, The Foundation for United Methodist Communications has expertise and resources to assure that your giving is a rewarding personal and spiritual experience.
If you’re considering making a gift to the communications ministries of the UMC, and would like to know more about the many options for giving, please contact us to start a conversation about what you would like to achieve through giving and how to get started. We also partner side by side with other conference and agency entities of The United Methodist Church to provide donors with stewardship options.
- Check/Cash/Bank Drafts/Credit/Pledges
- Securities/Property/Non-Cash items
- IRA Direct Distribution
- Donor Advised Fund
- Legacy Giving
- Charitable Trusts
THE FOUNDATION'S CURRENT IMPACT PROGRAMS
Global Communications Technology
Provides technology, training and best practices to help communication programs become successful and sustainable
Honors and celebrates the passions and commitments of donors by creating an ongoing source of income that allows for and fuels program expansions
Empowers all United Methodists to play an important role in the communications and technology ministries of The United Methodist Church through donations that fuel the supply of much needed resources to members across the divide
THE FOUNDATION'S LEGACY IMPACT PROGRAMS
In recent years the Foundation managed the highly successful historic grassroots fundraising initiative for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. Tens of millions of dollars were raised for life-saving malaria prevention, healthcare treatment, education, and local community training in Sub-Sahara Africa. The Foundation provided professional, financial and material resources used to creatively raise awareness and funding from local churches, conferences, United Methodist Organizations and Foundations, and generous individuals.
Prior programs included becoming a leading faith-voice in global, emerging Information and Communication Technology for Developing Countries (ICT4D), granting proposals to allow many local community communications and technology projects in Haiti, The Philippines, and in rural areas of the United States. Notably, the Centeral Conference Communications Initiative's (CCCI) building and program partnership for three radio stations in Africa, which established model programs for the newly created United Methodist Radio Network.
Learn more about these programs and see how the Foundation has put donors' funds to good use by positively equipping and educating others through communications mediums:
Imagine No Malaria
Documents a historic grassroots funding campaign for the UMC to improve health conditions in Sub-Sahara Africa
Central Conference Communications Initiative (CCCI) -Serves as a powerful tool in reaching people with little or no access to information on health, education, economic development, and faith life enrichment