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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

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Laity Convocation focuses on discipleship making

One year after laity and clergy pondered the “why”, participants at the 2018 Northern Illinois Conference Laity Convocation focused on the “how” local churches carry out the mi…

Memorial Palce

NIU remembers and grieves 10 years after school shooting

As bells tolled and wreaths were placed in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the Valentine’s Day shooting which killed five students at Northern Illinois University…

Act Now

Unite to End Racism

The Northern Illinois Conference and our Pan-Methodist partners along with the Illinois Conference of Churches are arranging buses to Washington D.C. so Illinois residents can take part in the anti-racism…


Sympathy Notice: Rev. Kenneth H. Crandall

Rev. Kenneth H Crandall, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Rev. Kenneth Crandall served at Wilmington, Tinley Park…