Empowering Ministries Through Planned Giving


Thanks to our donors who established planned gifts with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, we distributed over $421,000 in 2017 to support Conference-related and other worthwhile ministries. Six ministry leaders share how these gifts are being used to change lives.

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's 2017 Annual Report.


Kathy McCollum, Former President/CEO
Wesley Glen Ministries, Macon

“Wesley Glen Ministries is dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities. We serve the unique needs of these individuals and help them to build skills and confidence that lead to greater independence. They regularly volunteer to help others in the community. Donations given through GUMF empower the staff to support these mission opportunities that allow the people we serve to share the love of Christ, changing lives beyond our agency.”

M. Scott Merritt, President/CEO
Murphy-Harpst, Cedartown

“Murphy-Harpst provides a safe and nurturing environment where severely abused and neglected children and teenagers can thrive and heal toward a goal of re-engaging with society and leading productive lives. GUMF’s ministry empowers Murphy-Harpst by providing the critical support needed for current and ongoing programs, ensuring that our organization can move forward and that these programs can be carried out to plan, with confidence, and without interruption.”

Julie Childs, Board Chair
Breakthru House, Decatur

“Breakthru House uses gifts from GUMF to transform the lives of women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction by providing a long-term residential program to empower them to experience physical, emotional and spiritual healing through recovery. Sue became addicted after being injured as a college athlete and placed on pain medication. She dropped out of college, lost her job, and burned family ties. After completing our treatment program, Sue now works full-time, attends school, has made amends with her family, and has plans to get married.”

Mark R. Todd, President/CEO
Magnolia Manor, Americus

“At Magnolia Manor, our ministry is to serve not only the residents who live here but their family and friends, as well as the aging community across The South Georgia Conference and beyond. Donations received from GUMF often support our League of the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps us keep our promise that no one would ever have to leave Magnolia Manor. Imagine being in your 90s and having called Magnolia Manor home for more than a decade. You never expected to live this long. You’ve outlived your spouse. Your kids don’t have the resources to help you. And your savings are gone. Because of this fund, you can stay at Magnolia Manor surrounded by caring staff and friends.”

Alison Evans, President/CEO
The Methodist Home, Macon

“The Methodist Home restores childhoods, strengthens families and cultivates a people building organization. Anika Steed lived with us for five years. When she shared her goal was to attend Clark Atlanta University so she could become a Social Worker, as a surrogate “parent,” you offer whatever support you can. GUMF went to great lengths to help us receive scholarship funds for Anika. Planned gifts established with GUMF for The Methodist Home's benefit also provide a source of income that enables us to serve kids like Anika and bring out their full potential.”

Rev. Russell Pierce, Executive Director | Mission Engagement
General Board of Global Ministries, Atlanta

“The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church. We respond to disasters and engage in sustainable development efforts that improve peoples’ lives and their communities. Resources received through GUMF helped to fund two UMCOR grants for use in The South Georgia Conference. These funds were designated for ongoing case management work from Hurricane Matthew and for the survivors of Hurricane Irma. An emergency grant assisted churches that opened their doors with radical hospitality to evacuees from Hurricane Irma and also provided other relief supplies.”