GROWING GOD’S KINGDOM ONE GIFT AT A TIME!
Why A Foundation?
In 2009, Grayson UMC was blessed with significant gifts from the estate of Bill and Mary Johnson who were lifelong members of the Church. These gifts, along with funds raised during the “Now Is the Time” capital campaign, allowed us to pay off our mortgage and establish a parsonage for our Associate Pastor. To ensure that we wisely preserved the funds remaining after the mortgage was paid, the Church leadership decided to establish the Grayson United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. to oversee, invest, manage and grow the funds for the future. These funds established the base line and the Foundation is now accepting gifts so that we can continue to secure the future for Grayson UMC.
Invest in the present so that God’s vision for Grayson UMC will happen in the future.
It is our strong belief that those who have given gifts in the past felt that the leaders of Grayson UMC could best determine what the needs of Grayson UMC are, and they expected their leaders to be good stewards of those gifts. As a result, we, the Board of Directors in concert with the leaders of Grayson UMC, are committed to being the best stewards of any gifts received by the Foundation and have vowed to ensure that all gifts are used in the best interest of Grayson United Methodist Church.
Who Are The Board Of Directors?
Each member of the board is a long time member of Grayson UMC, each has had or has extensive management experience, all have proven their commitment to Grayson UMC by serving in key lay leadership positions and all are committed to contributing to God’s vision for Grayson UMC.
The Foundation uses the investment services of Georgia United Methodist Foundation – an organization that is dedicated to helping churches prepare for the future. Their professionals are available to provide confidential consulting services, at no charge, to those who are contemplating a planned gift to our Foundation. The Grayson United Methodist Foundation Board administers legacy gifts on an ongoing basis and distributions are made based on Foundation policies and requests from the church. No support is provided to outside agencies.
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation website contains some useful information for the individual user. If you are interested in any information regarding preparing wills, feel free to check out their "Wills Planner". Or for more general Information regarding the Georgia United Methodist Foundation Click Here.
Leaving A Legacy
You can leave a legacy through a simple codicil to your will. If you do not currently have a will we will provide you information on how to prepare a will.
You can leave a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, or other securities today or in your will
You can name the Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement asset or life insurance policy.
You can donate inherited assets or real estate.
You can establish a trust to provide greater income and tax benefits for you today as well as leave a gift to the church.
You can create an endowment fund in memory or honor of a loved one.
As a matter of Foundation policy donors will be asked to give to the Undesignated Non-Endowment Fund. This fund best supports the needs of the Grayson UMC and allows the unrestricted allocation of funds to meet the critical needs of Church ministries. However, if the donor would like their gift used to support a specific ministry within the Church the following accounts are available for that purpose:
• Children and Family Ministry
• Middle and High School Student Ministries
• Recreation Ministry
• Preschool Ministry
• Worship Ministry
• Facilities Ministry
Gift Acceptance Policy
The Foundation Board of Directors is the decision making body of the Foundation and has responsibility for determining whether or not a gift will be accepted or declined.
The Foundation reserves the right to decline or otherwise refuse any gift offered to the Foundation, with or without cause. Reasons for which a gift may be declined include, but are not limited to the following:
• The Foundation does not believe it is in the best interest of the Church or the Foundation to abide by the restrictions placed on the gift by the donor.
• The costs to maintain the gift or to meet the restrictions placed on the gift by the donor are considered to be excessive for the Foundation.
• The gift is considered to be inappropriate or unrelated to the tax-exempt purposes of the Church or the Foundation.
• The gift is designated to benefit or to be channeled to a specific individual.