Did you know that over 80% of people make contributions to charitable organizations annually, but only 6% leave a bequest to those organizations on their death? The overriding reason given for why this occurs is because they had not been asked! But what better way to perpetuate your commitment to your church?
The West Des Moines United Methodist Endowment was established in 1995. Since that time it has been formed as a separate corporation, with its own bylaws and board. It is a 501(C)(3) Charitable Organization, which makes all contributions tax deductible.
The Endowment Fund of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church assists the church in its mission of "changing lives in the name of Jesus Christ" for generations to come. It provides money and support for church programs and activities.
Use of Assets and Income
The Endowment is a permanent fund derived from gifts and bequests. The principal is invested prudently, and the income is used to help the church carry out its mission in vital and innovative ways. Endowment income does not underwrite the annual budget of the church. Funds are distributed to meet identified needs unless designated for a specific purpose.