January is Oklahoma UM Foundation Month

1/7/2011

Each year, January is recognized as Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation Month throughout our Annual Conference.

The work and resources of the Foundation are emphasized; churches and individuals are encouraged to learn more about the financial ministry it performs and how it can help them be good stewards of what God provides.

Especially during this designated time, the Foundation seeks to create awareness of the need for proper estate planning.

More than half of all adults in our country do not have a will.

If you die without one, the state will decide how your estate is distributed, and who will care for your minor children or dependents with special needs.

The Foundation confirms that the cost of preparing a will is worth the peace of mind in knowing your desires will be accomplished. With just a few words, you can take care of your family, your friends, and the causes important to you.

Consider including a tithe of your will to benefit your church or favorite ministry, Foundation officials encourage. By doing this, you ensure your passion for mission and ministry continue well beyond your lifetime.

A bequest is perhaps the easiest and most tangible way to have a lasting impact on the people and organizations that mean the most to you. A bequest also can be an effective way to make a gift and lessen the tax burden on your family or your estate.

The purpose of the Foundation is to ensure and enrich the ministries of future generations through endowment funds for our United Methodist churches, institutions and agencies.

This month, contact the Foundation, 800-259-6863, www.okumf.org,  for information about legacy planning and establishing permanent endowment funds. Your generosity and planning today will make a significant difference to your church’s future.


Did you know?

The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation:

  • assists churches to establish and promote permanent endowment fund programs.
  • presents seminars to encourage estate planning and charitable giving.
  • assists individual donors, and their professional advisers, with gifts to their churches or other United Methodist causes.
  • has four planned-giving staff specially trained in estate planning, endowment formation, and church finance.
  • is a resource for donor recognition programs; gift acceptance policies; financial literacy programs; and seminars on wills/trusts and stewardship, offered to church leaders, Sunday school classes, and other groups.
  • provides customized brochures, will-and-trust guides, and bulletin inserts to increase awareness about permanent endowment programs within a church.

Contact the Foundation at 800-529-6863, www.okumf.org.


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