About the Foundation
Helping Faithful People Build a Brighter Future
Faithful people across West Ohio have invested in the missions of the WOC since its founding. The results of that investment can be seen in the many lives changed as well as the churches, universities, ministries and mission across our Conference.
As the charitable giving arm of the West Ohio Conference, UMFWO exists to help donors and churches live into the life of abundance to which God calls us. We do that in several ways, including shepherding the offerings of God’s people to the current missions of the church. These missions take many forms from UMCOR to our Methodist organizations, to our current Light the Way Campaign.
Our primary focus, however, is Planned Gifts (also called legacy gifts, future gifts, or deferred gifts). Planned gifts are a powerful and meaningful way for individuals to support the West Ohio Conference to ensure our long-term future while also meeting personal planning objectives.
Focusing on planned gifts is a true testament of faith: we will not see those gifts for many years into the future but know that future generations will benefit from our careful planning and stewardship, just as we have benefitted from those who have gone before us.
The UMFWO envisions a day when all congregations of the West Ohio Conference possess the financial resources required to be healthy, growing, spiritually vital, risk-taking centers for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
We expect to achieve our vision by:
- Partnering with local churches to provide stewardship education and training to develop a culture of generosity within the Conference.
- We will assist donors in achieving their individual legacy giving priorities by providing planned giving guidance and options.
- In addition, we will provide competitive endowment and investment management services compatible with UMC Social Principles.
Abundant Gifts, Abundant Life
Throughout the Bible, God promises abundance and desires for us to share in it. God has given us everything we really need! Our cup overflows with gifts that are unmerited and available for all. When we believe in God’s abundance – -that there is enough for all – – we are inclined toward generosity and sharing.
We believe we are made in the image of a Generous God.
Giving is at the heart of God’s plan for God’s people and truly sums up the whole story of the Bible: our God is a giving God. Studying the Bible’s passages about giving and sacrifice, we begin to clearly see that, designed in God’s image, we, too, are designed for giving and generosity.
We believe generosity is something God wants for us, not from us.
Our intentions matter to God. We are to give cheerfully and purposefully, offering our best to God, making it a priority rather than an afterthought. To this end, God asks us to give in proportion to what we have. Tithing is just one aspect of giving that’s part of a larger expression of faith. In fact,God’s ultimate standard of giving is sacrificial giving, done for the privilege of sharing in the ministry of the saints.
We believe God uses generosity to draw people into relationships with God and build the kingdom.
While giving to your local congregation supports the resources needed to carry out its vital ministries in your community, giving to the West Ohio Conference supports the broader missional activities that impact our Conference, nation, and world. Together all these efforts help create disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. Only through sacrificial giving beyond our own communities can we fully participate in the building of God’s kingdom and live into God’s desires for us.