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UM Foundation

Since 1949, the United Methodist Foundation in Northern Illinois is 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. Our ministries include:

  • A grants program to encourage creative ministries throughout northern Illinois.
  • An annual stewardship summit to inspire and resource local church leaders.
  • Assisting donors who wish to make charitable gifts.
  • Consulting with local churches on building endowment and planned giving programs.
  • Providing workshops, resources, and leadership on a variety of financial stewardship topics.
  • Offering an exemplary investment program for local church funds with several options to meet specific investment goals.


President: Chris Walters
 312.334.0703 Email: 

Assistant: Carolyn Cook
312.334.0704 ext. 704  Email:

Bookkeeper: Joann Turner
312.334.0705    Email:

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News & Announcements


Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

The Council of Bishops is issuing the following statement, written by the bishops who served on the Commission on a Way Forward and approved by the Execut…

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Constitutional amendment to be revisited

The Secretary of the General Conference has announced that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently fa…


Bishop's Pastoral Letter to the Northern Illinois Conference

The Council received the report from the Commission on the Way Forward (COTWF) and discerned our recommendation to the called session of the General Conference in Fe…

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United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a W…