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Since 1949, the United Methodist Foundation in Northern Illinois has been committed to excellence by enhancing the stewardship ministry of local churches and church-related agencies. The Foundation encourages lifelong generosity among United Methodists in the region.
  • We offer an exemplary investment program for local church funds with several options to meet the investment goals of the church or church-related agency;
  • We assist donors who wish to make charitable gifts;
  • We provide consultation and seminars on financial stewardship, endowment funds and planned giving;
  • We sponsor a grants program to encourage creative ministries throughout northern Illinois.
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    Chris Walter

    UM Foundation announces new president

    The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce its selection of Reverend Chris Walters as its President effective July 1, 2016. Chris is an Ordained Elder in Northern Illinois Conference and since 2011 is currently under appointment at Plainfield UMC. He has been an active member of the Foundation’s Board…


    UM Foundation accepting grant applications

    Combine a little money, creative ideas, and volunteers focused on Christ – what a difference it can make! The United Methodist Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014/15 annual grants cycle. The Foundation offers grants that provide seed money for new or expanded ministries at local churches or agencies in the conference. Grants of…

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    Rev. John Peterson chosen as new UM Foundation President

    The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference is pleased to announce that the Rev. John Peterson has been selected to be the next President of the Foundation. He will begin on September 1, 2014. John brings outstanding experience and credentials to his new role at the United Methodist…

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    UM Foundation President announces retirement

    United Methodist Foundation President the Rev. Harry Nicol announced his retirement effective the fall of 2014. Rev. Nicol served as president for 11 years and says it’s been a great job for him. “I’ve enjoyed working with the churches, clergy and lay people of the annual conference as they have considered their local church finances,…

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