Leaving a Lasting Legacy
 

About the Foundation

Our Mission

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation serves as a catalyst that strengthens and preserves the ministries of our churches, institutions, agencies and families through education, planning, resourcing, and financial management.

 

Who We Serve

The Foundation serves Kansas churches, organizations, and families who are United Methodist or connected to the Methodist movement.

 

Services Provided

  • Legacy Giving: The Foundation strives to help families leave a lasting legacy through establishing an estate plan and an endowment fund to support their church and organizations important to them upon their death. Click here to learn more. 
  • Endowment Programs: The Foundation helps churches build and grow a legacy giving program, an endowment, to help sustain the church and its ministries into the future.  Click here to learn more. 
  • Financial Training: The Foundation seeks to help equip and empower churches and other related organizations to be financially healthy and to have the resources to do the ministry God calls them to do. Click here to learn more about resources and trainings.
  • Investments: The Foundation offers socially responsible and sustainable investment options for churches and organizations. Wespath Institutional Investments is the Foundation's investment partner. Click here to learn more. 
  • Loans: In partnership with the United Methodist Development Fund, the Foundation helps churches and other ministries throughout Kansas and Nebraska get loans. Churches and individuals have the opportunity to participate in the Church Development Loan Fund through a Certificate of Participation, a short-term investment. Click here to learn more. 


Our History

The Kansas Area Methodist Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation) was organized and chartered in Kansas by the Methodist Annual Conferences then in existence in Kansas, as a non-profit corporation on September 1, 1964, to help maintain and further the programs and missions of The Methodist Church in Kansas. Following the merger of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, the Foundation's name was changed to the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation, Inc., with its purpose updated to help maintain and further the programs and missions of The United Methodist Church in Kansas.

In 2019, a resolution was brought to the Great Plains Annual Conference that would allow the Foundation to be self-sustaining and autonomous. The resolution passed, which ensures the Foundation's stability and fiduciary commitments to the churches, families, and organizations it serves.

The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for religious and educational purposes. The Foundation is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is an organization to which contributions are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Foundation provide that it shall be governed by twenty-one Trustees: twenty elected by the Board to serve three-year terms, and the Bishop of the Great Plains Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The obligations of the Foundation are not guaranteed by The United Methodist Church or any local church, annual conference, council, general board, agency, or any unit forming the organizational structure of The United Methodist Church.