Thursday, August 21, 2014

Where your treasure is: Educational opportunities

 By Rev. Phyllis M. Bowers, Executive Director, United Methodist Stewardship Foundation

October 21, 2014 – Communications and Social Media clinic – 9 a.m. - noon.
Led by Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, Scott Vaughan Communications, and held at Zion United Methodist Church, 1030 Carlisle Rd., York, PA 17404-4938. We’re offering .03 continuing education units.

Originally designed for executive directors of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, this vital experience is now available to clergy and their staff, along with anyone interested in communication. The clinic is presented in three, one-hour parts: 10 Things to Know about People; 10 Things to Improve Your Communication Mix; and 10 Things to Know about Hospitality Ministry. Registration is $35 per person on- line only at www.umstewardship.org.

Save the date! November 11, 2014 – Clergy tax and Compensation Conference – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Led by William Fordney, CPA, Staff Accountant for The Stewardship Foundation and Principal of White Knight Financial Consulting. Held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 4685 Mt. Zion Dr., Enola, PA 17025. Lunch and continuing education credits will be offered. This is for clergy and church treasurers. Registration information will be forthcoming at www.umstewardship.

Top five reasons to have an endowment
Many donors establish their own named funds now to see results right away. Others arrange for estate assets to initiate a fund. Some start their endowment now and add to it later through a bequest. More and more people are making endowment gifts. Here are the top five reasons:

  1. A Positive Legacy. Donors often attach their names to the endowment. Because the funds are permanent, this legacy carries their name forward to influence future generations. 
  2. Continue Regular Giving. Donors realize their gifts will be missed. They create an estate gift twenty-five times the amount they currently give so their inflation-adjusted annual gift continues in perpetuity.
  3. Permanence. Both endowment and retirement funds are guarded closely and invested separately to protect the principal and both are managed much the same, providing needed income, protected against inflation.
  4. Strengthening the Church. An annual endowment pay-out eases the financial pressure your church encounters in raising operating funds. Strong endowments afford your church financial stability.
  5. Personal Satisfaction. Making a lasting difference is highly satisfying. Donors tell us that having the family name on a fund fulfills one of their highest personal ambitions.

To learn more, call 800-272-0113 or e-mail pbowers@susumc.org.

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