Organized in 1949, the Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, partnering with many individuals, experts, churches, and organizations to provide several services:

In 2023 to reflect the evolving needs of our clients, the Foundation updated our name and our brand to “Midwest Methodist Foundation” to better reflect the organization we have become, serving the ever-widening charitable interests of Methodist individuals and their local churches. The Foundation started as the “Methodist Foundation of Rock River Conference, Inc.” After the merger that created The United Methodist Church in 1968, later that year, the Foundation became “The United Methodist Foundation of Northern Illinois Conference, Inc.”

The Foundation affiliates with the following organizations and associations: