The Foundation

The First United Methodist Church Foundation was established in 1985 with $150,000. Today, the Foundation has assets near $5,000,000 and provides for projects, events, and ministries that could not be funded with our regular tithes and offerings.


The General Fund represents 60% of Foundation assets. This fund provides for most of the capital improvments, technical equipment, and large repairs and maintenance to our buildings that were not part of the church budget. The Foundation works closely with the Trustees to identify these projects.







The Foundation’s Designated Funds represents 40% of assets which provide special music concerts, artistic, educational and leadership programs that are not part of the church budget but enhance the overall ministry of the church. Examples include funding for the Foster Gallery of Christianity and the Fine Arts, Lincoln School Choir and After School Art Programs, and 6 Ways 2 Praise: Fine Arts and Music Summer Camp.


Designated Funds:






As our church campus has grown, the Foundation too must grow to meet increasing church needs and to establish new and meaningful programs for our members and the neighborhood we serve. Without donor gifts to the Foundation, grants for special projects and programs would not be possible.





You can help by giving a gift to the Foundation's general fund through your will or estate plan or by making a gift during your lifetime. For example, cash, appreciated stock, or designating the Church as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy are all simple ways to give. Your gift will provide a lasting contribution for future generations.




Please contact Larry Whitler (309) 673-3641 or for information on how you can support your Foundation as it continues to do God’s work.