Planning for future ministry with generosity. An endowment gift is a way to establish a financial foundation on which, with God’s help, St. Mark’s UMC can use the gift for God’s purposes for generations to come. The St. Mark’s Permanent Endowment Fund provides for the opportunity to make gifts that will become a perpetual source of financial support and a living memorial.

Use and management of the fund

The gifts given to the Endowment Fund remain in the fund. The income generated from them will be available for use by the church to support needs of the church in the following areas:

  • Children and Youth
  • Missions
  • Property
  • Scholarship
  • Worship and Music
  • General

The Endowment Fund is directed by the Endowment Committee, consisting of eight voting members, and the senior pastor and business administrator as non-voting members. The committee will strictly comply with the Endowment Fund Guidelines set forth in its charter. The committee will work closely with the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, which invests the gifts.

If there is a discrepancy between the Endowment Fund information on the Website and the Endowment Fund Guidelines, the Endowment Fund Guidelines will govern.

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Ways to give

All gifts, no matter what their size, are important to the long-term ministry of St. Mark’s. One easy way to give is through memorials or honorariums to celebrate a special person, event, or milestone in your life or the life of the church. Gifts to the Endowment are permanent, ensuring that the benefits produced by the gifts are also permanent.

Gifts can take many forms, including cash, stocks, bonds, life insurance, real estate and other types of present or deferred gifts. If desired, a committee member is available to meet with you and your financial advisor to help plan for your gifts.

To learn more about the Endowment Fund and how to contribute, contact St. Mark’s to be put in touch with a member of the Endowment Fund Committee.