Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year has become known as “Giving Tuesday,” which follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” Christian generosity, however, comes before all other expenditures, as we are taught several times in...

Annual Meeting Report 2020

This video provides the Foundation’s 2020 annual report to the Northern Illinois Annual Conference in November 2020. For the slides in the report (and other slides), download this...

Autumn 2020 Reflection

“Even as the seasons change there is so much life going on outside that is completely unaware of the pandemic affecting humanity. Life goes on, hundreds of people still drive by the church building virtually every minute of the day.” “Where are they...
Provisions related to charitable giving in the CARES Act

Provisions related to charitable giving in the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on March 27th, 2020. The CARES Act contains some provisions related to charitable giving. The national accounting and consulting firm,...

United Methodists feed their neighbors

United Methodists are meeting the need to feed people across northern Illinois during this time of crisis. With thousands of people facing unemployment and economic hard times, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting access to nutritious food for many. To respond to the...

United Methodists Feeding Neighbors

Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.” – Luke 9:13   Methodists in northern Illinois gave more than $82,000 in May to fulfill the $75,000 match pledged by the Foundation.   Thank you! Keep on giving! Give online to the food banks Please keep...
What do we really need to live an abundant life?

What do we really need to live an abundant life?

“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” – Acts 20:35 My wife and I are very blessed by...
Weathering the Storms

Weathering the Storms

Dear Ministry Partners and Constituents, Our local communities and communities around the world are facing uncertainty and anxiety in response to COVID-19. Understandably, we are concerned for our health, the well-being of our families and communities, and, of course,...
Seeking clarity on clergy taxes?

Seeking clarity on clergy taxes?

Cost $10 Thursday, February 20, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Sycamore UMC, 160 Johnson Ave, Sycamore, IL (Clergy and interested lay people are welcome.) Our seminar instructor will be Ellen Feliciano, an Enrolled Agent and a Master Tax Advisor with H&R Block. Ellen has...