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Wespath named new Investment Manager

Oct 13, 2019

On November 1, 2019, the Foundation will move its investments to Wespath Institutional Investments. Wespath may be familiar to many as they manage the pension benefits for the conference clergy and are highly trusted.

After a diligent review of multiple investment companies, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation voted to move the assets to Wespath. They are a leader in the investment industry and pioneer in providing sustainable and socially respons... Keep Reading

**NEW** October Certificate of Participation Rates Remain High

Oct 1, 2019

The Certificate of Participation provides an investment alternative for those who are seeking the security of a fixed income type vehicle at competitive rates. It is an excellent option for investors who like to invest in certificate of deposits or money market funds. These certificates have been registered only with the State of Kansas Securities Commissioner and the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance and are not offered in any other state or jurisdiction.

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Kansas Area Foundation Seeks Director of Legacy Giving

Sep 16, 2019

Job Title: Director of Legacy Giving

Job Type: Full-time, Exempt

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation, located in Hutchinson, Kansas, is seeking a full-time Director of Legacy Giving to join our team. This position will work closely with the President and CEO to grow our legacy giving programs in partnership with United Methodist churches and organizations across Kansas.


The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation s... Keep Reading

Pass the Torch Awards Seminary Scholarships

Aug 11, 2019
Pass the Torch Awards Seminary Scholarships

Over the years, the cost of a seminary education has increased while the financial support available has decreased. As a result, some individuals feeling God’s call into ministry look for routes to reduce the cost and others do not believe they can afford to answer God’s call in their lives at all. 

“Many seminary students end up with a great deal of debt,” Rev. Gary Beach, Pass the Torch Cha... Keep Reading

Celebrating the Legacy of Generosity

Jul 15, 2019

At the end of June, Lenexa United Methodist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary and, since its inception, lives have been transformed through the generosity of its members.

Since the first year of the church's history, members of the congregation showed generosity through supporting various needs and ministries within the church. During its first year in the spring of 1870, a subscription was circulated for the purpose of building a parsonage. Through generous ... Keep Reading

Pathways for Discipleship Grant Application Available

May 28, 2019

Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Pathways for Discipleship grant applications now available

Through generous gifts, the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation is excited to announce the Pathways for Discipleship grant application is now available online. Applications will also be available at Annual Conference to help change lives across Kansas. Churches are invited to apply for a one-time matching grant of up to $1,000. Applications are due ... Keep Reading

Nedra Starkey gives back through a Charitable Gift Annuity

May 10, 2019
Nedra Starkey gives back through a Charitable Gift Annuity

From a young age, Nedra Starkey knew she wanted to be involved in ministry and giving back to others.

As a student at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, Nedra wanted to go to the mission field. Her junior year, she met the love of her life, James (Jim), and they quickly began planning their lives together serving Christ.

Although not everything went as planned, together they ... Keep Reading

Legacy Workshops

Mar 1, 2019
Leaving A Lasting Legacy Workshops

Rev. Dr. Dustin Petz shares his vision for the upcoming Leaving a Lasting Legacy Workshops. 


The workshops will be held on the following dates and locations from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm CT. Lunch will be provided. Register here.

March 12 – Garden City, KS  

         First United Methodist Church

March 19 – Topeka, K... Keep Reading

Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Announces New President and CEO

Apr 13, 2018

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation announces the next President and CEO will be the Rev. Dr. Dustin Petz

HUTCHINSON, KS – The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees is proud to announce that the Rev. Dr. Dustin Petz will be the next President and CEO of the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation of the Great Plains Annual Conference effective July 1, 2018. Petz comes to the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation from his pastoral... Keep Reading

New Tax Laws for 2018

Dec 20, 2017

New Tax Reform Legislation raises the standard deduction for income taxes beginning in 2018.  The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the number of taxpayers who will itemize their deductions in 2018 (and thereby get tax savings from charitable gifts) will fall from 40 million under current law to just 9 million under the new legislation.
If you currently itemize, and are financially able to do so, consider giving some or all of... Keep Reading

Five Signs You Are a Leader Who Talks Too Much

Aug 2, 2016

Healthy conversations should be a two-way street.  Science tells us that we spend 60 percent of our conversations talking about ourselves.  Unfortunately, leaders can talk too much, not necessarily by monopolizing conversations, but by giving too many answers.  How do you know if you are a leader who talks too much? What can you do to stop?
Consider these indicators:

You do more than half the talking in staff meetings.  If you ... Keep Reading

IRA Charitable Rollover Has Passed

Dec 22, 2015

Double your impact with an IRA Charitable Rollover gift in 2015 and another in early 2016.

If you are 70½ or older and own an IRA, there is something you should know.

Congress passed a law that makes the IRA charitable rollover permanent retroactive to December 31, 2014.

Gifts transferred directly from your IRA to your United Methodist church and/or favorite ministry at any point during 2015 will qualify as a charitable rollover gift. These g... Keep Reading

Free Estate Planner Services

Nov 16, 2015

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation partners with John Griffin, of Stewardship Counseling, LLC to provide FREE Estate Planning services.  This service offers you a comprehensive guidance in planning your estate so that it may minimize income, gift, estate and inheritance taxes and facilitate smooth business, farm and asset transitions.  The draft plan may then be given to your attorney to formalize.  This is a service that is scheduled ONLY by appoin... Keep Reading

Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation Now Offers Monthly Enewsletter

May 22, 2015
Donor E-newsletter Sign Up

Thank you for your interest in Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation, Inc. We are delighted to make available to you our monthly e-newsletter. Many of our friends find this very interesting and helpful. It features news from Washington, Savvy Living, gift stories, finance news and timely articles. You may receive our regular updates at no cost or obligation simply by clicking this link.

AVAILABLE NOW! Church Building Projects - A Leadership Guide

Apr 22, 2015

AVAILABLE NOW! Church Building Projects - A Leadership Guide

With any decision to expand, update, replace, move, or change your facility, there comes another equally complex challenge: how to make it happen. Typically, this challenge requires time, vision, commitment, energy, financial stability and an extra measure of guidance to step you through what can be a very stressful process.

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation has advised and guided many c... Keep Reading

Planned Giving Ideas

Feb 20, 2015

Welcome! We are pleased that you have interest in learning about the many benefits of gift plans. If you have any questions about the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift, please call. A member of our Planned Giving Team will be very pleased to help you.

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others. Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning....

Gift Options ... Keep Reading

Learn About Capital Campaigns

Feb 18, 2015

The Foundation will assist your church by evaluating, designing and directing your capital stewardship campaign. Using proven approaches, each capital campaign is custom designed. An initial pre-campaign evaluation study will be conducted to determine manageable goals for the campaign as well as secure information concerning probable support for the campaign.

The initial stage is followed by preparation and an intensive campaign. The Foundation staff will provide a... Keep Reading