Regardless of any changes that may occur, we want to reassure you that our Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is positioned to continue providing services to both Methodist and historically Wesleyan churches, institutions, and individuals as we have done since 1979. There will not be any significant changes in our services, and your investments will remain secure. When establishing planned gifts to benefit churches and ministries, options are also available to set up contingencies and secondary beneficiaries.
If you have any questions, and to learn more about our ministries to churches and individuals, contact Terri Turner at [email protected] or call 334-793-6820.
Our investment services are uniquely created for managing church and agency funds. The Foundation staff assists in developing a custom investment plan for each participating organization or donor. Learn more.
We provide trust fund accounting, regular disbursements, and all other fiduciary administration services and report this information to you on easy to read statements.
We offer free resources such as newsletters, handouts, bulletin inserts, social media posts, holiday resources, news, events, and stories on churches through our email list and social media accounts. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ALWFUMF, and sign up for our email list.
Planned Giving Programs
Planned Giving Programs help encourage and facilitate planned gifts and endowments to the church. We teach church leaders how to establish and cultivate permanent and reserve sources of income to support and sustain church ministry programs while also offering a step-by-step guide designed to encourage and support future financial needs of the church. Learn more.
Educational Events and Webinars
We offer generosity and financial development through educational programs, workshops, and events that foster a better understanding of giving and stewardship as both an act of worship and discipleship. Learn more.
Legacy Gifts Consulting
We offer one on one meetings with individuals who are looking to do something generous for their church. We provide a variety of legacy and planned giving options and can help you plan and set up these gifts to accomplish your specific goals for leaving a legacy in your church. Learn more.
Scholarships are available from numerous sources for both Ministerial and Lay students. The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee (unless otherwise designated by the donor) determines which applicants meet the criteria for available scholarships. Learn more.
Development Fund Loans
The AWF Development Fund provides loan opportunities to United Methodist churches with attractive rates and helps churches walk through the application process and answer committee questions. The Fund makes low-interest loans for up to $1 million* to churches and agencies in the AWF Conference for new church construction, purchasing property, and large renovation projects. These loans have competitive interest rates, loan terms up to 15 years, do not charge points or closing costs, and interest earned from loans goes back to AWF Conference members and investors. Learn more.
*For loans larger than $1 million, contact us! The Foundation has the ability to negotiate with other Foundations for larger loans.
Development Fund Investing
The Development Fund accepts investments from United Methodist individuals, churches, and organizations across the AWF Conference. The Fund pays investors a rate of interest set each quarter and makes loans to churches, agencies, and missions in the conference. Interest is paid quarterly and is earned from the day of the deposit to the day of the withdrawal. You may withdraw all or part of your investment with a written/signed request at any time. There is no penalty, fee, or loss of interest when withdrawing funds. Interest can also be reinvested each year. Learn more.
*Investments are not FDIC insured. Investments are secured by the assets of the Fund and the first mortgages of the churches. No investor in the Fund has ever lost any part of their investment or interest earned.