Sustaining the United Methodist Witness
 

Who We Are

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley

 

The Kansas Area Methodist Foundation, Inc. was incorporated on September 1, 1964 by the then-existing Kansas annual conferences of the Methodist Church as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Kansas. Following the merger of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, we changed our name to the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation, Inc. Our purpose is to maintain and further the programs and missions of The United Methodist Church in Kansas. We are located at 100 East First Avenue, PO Box 605, Hutchinson, Kansas 67504-0605, and may be contacted at 888-453-8405.

We are organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes and are exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We solicit and receive gifts, bequests, and donations from individuals and organizations for these purposes, which are tax-deductible charitable contributions under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. We hold these funds in trust and invest and administer the funds (including making grants for purposes specified by donors) for the furtherance of the religious, charitable, and educational undertakings of the churches and related agencies in the Kansas Area of the Great Plains Annual Conference (a combination effective January 1, 2014, of formerly separate conferences in Kansas and Nebraska) and other charitable organizations benefitting these purposes.

In addition to managing funds donated and bequeathed to the Foundation, we provide fund management services under contracts with individual churches that typically do not have resources or professional employees to devote to such purposes. We also provide a variety of educational and consultation services to local church congregations, including stewardship education, annual giving campaigns, capital campaign consultations, Christian money- management seminars, and planned giving programs.

In 1996, we established the Church Development Loan Fund of the Foundation. Through this fund, we began offering loans for the purchase of real estate, new construction, renovation of existing facilities, operating loans, and refinancing existing loans for United Methodist churches, conferences, districts, and conference-related organizations and agencies in Kansas. Since its inception, the Church Development Loan Fund has helped 86 qualified borrowers with loans totaling $18,666,667.74. These lending activities are funded largely from offering interest bearing certificates of participation to Kansas United Methodist individuals and organizations.