Growing a Legacy of Faith

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

What is an Endowment?
The Zionsville United Methodist Church Endowment provides sustained support for many ministries. The original principal is invested and remains preserved while the interest money earned from the investment of the principal funds is used for designated ministries.

Why an Endowment?
Zionsville UMC has an endowment to:

  1. Provide sustained funding for important ministries.

  2. Support the financial future of ministries important to donors.

How are gifts invested?
Zionsville UMC’s Endowment Committee invests the donations with the Indiana United Methodist Church Foundation and uses the interest to fund designated ministries.

What are the designated ministries?
Below are several ministries supported, with more added as needed. There are options to give to a specific ministry or to the general endowment fund. If you wish to create a new ministry endowment, please talk with church staff who can assist you.

  • Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home - Provides a residential treatment program for troubled youth.

  • Robert’s Park Outreach Program - Serves as a weekly food ministry in Indianapolis organized by area churches.

  • Fletcher Place Community Center - Serves needs of Indianapolis Southside homeless and lower-income families.

  • Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition - Focuses on reducing violence in Indianapolis through education and employment opportunities.

  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - Provides disaster relief to the most vulnerable people during a crisis operating in over 80 countries.

  • Mission Guatemala - Helps meet basic needs and improve the quality of life for communities in the highlands of Guatemala.

  • Zanmi Fondwa Mission (Haiti) - Helps families in Haiti through housing, education and economic development.

  • Zionsville UMC Children’s Ministry - Inspires children to know God and grow in their relationship with Christ.

  • Zionsville UMC Youth Ministry - Encourages students to know God and grow in their relationship with Christ.

  • Zionsville UMC Worship - Provides opportunities to experience God’s love through music, prayer, communion, baptism and relationships.

  • Zionsville UMC Facilities Maintenance - Maintains and enhances Zionsville UMC property.

  • College Scholarships - Provides college scholarship assistance.

How do I participate?
Individuals or families can give cash, appreciated securities (stocks & bonds) or money from qualified funds (IRAs) to specific endowment ministries.

How does the Legacy Gifts program support the Zionsville UMC endowment?
Legacy gifts are planned gifts or transformative end-of-life gifts that offer the sacred privilege of ensuring long-term sustainability of ZUMC and related ministries.

For more information or to make a gift to the endowment, please contact: