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Get to Know the UMFWO

Have you heard of the UMFWO? If not, Executive Director Susan Black would like to introduce you.

Individuals and churches that want to ensure a brighter future for their congregation, the West Ohio Conference, or any United Methodist mission or ministry, should look to the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio for assistance.

“Our job is to help United Methodists in the West Ohio Conference achieve their dreams,” said Black. “We work with you, your family, or your church leadership to facilitate gifts of many kinds that will help achieve your charitable goals or advance a specific mission. This includes everything from bequests to church stewardship campaigns.”

The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio is a philanthropic corporation formed for the benefit of the people and places of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. UMFWO envisions a day when all congregations of the West Ohio Conference possess the philanthropic resources they require to be healthy, growing, spiritually vital, risk-taking centers to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

“The way we do that is by helping individuals give more, and churches raise more for the work of the Kingdom,” said Black.

The West Ohio Conference began to build a legacy of giving over 40 years ago when the Council on Development was created to fund the pension programs of retirees of the Methodist Episcopal and Evangelical United Brethren churches. In 2020 the Council on Development became the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio to better position itself for growth and to focus on broader goals beyond pension funds.

Black sees the Foundation’s primary services in four categories. “Today our focus is on United Methodist philanthropy, legacy giving, stewardship education resources, and investment management.”

If you are seeking ways to help your church address its giving now and in the future; or if you are an individual who wants to make a charitable gift that benefits a United Methodist church, mission, or organization, then look no further than the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio. 

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