Empowering Scholarship Donors Through Endowments


Thanks to our generous donors, since 2011 the Georgia United Methodist Foundation has awarded 568 United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarships totaling $440,700 to Georgia United Methodist students attending higher education institutions. Find out why these donors are passionate about educating Christian leaders.


Bert Bennett
Porterfield Memorial UMC, Albany

“GUMF allows many families to pool their resources to make a larger impact on God’s people through the GUMF Trustees Scholarship Endowment. My wife, Hilary, and I had some savings from our children’s college education and wanted to help someone else find the skills and direction that God has for their life. We could not think of a better way to use the funds that God has put into our hands.”


Phyllis Gordon
Cascade UMC, Atlanta

“I named Cascade UMC as a beneficiary in my will. One day funds from the sale of my home will provide scholarships. I am a lifelong learner, and I believe education is vital in our society. I want to see students excel and not go home because they don’t have enough funds to continue their education. God has blessed me so much that I want to be a blessing to others. Through GUMF’s extensive training, planned giving has provided me with an avenue to make a larger and more impactful gift than I ever thought possible.”

Bill Coffeen
Due West UMC, Kennesaw

“I established the Bill and Inez Coffeen Scholarship Endowment because I couldn’t think of a better way to honor my parents who have always valued a college education. My father’s father and his father before him obtained advanced degrees. My mother also graduated from college in 1940. We need to support Christian leaders who carry the torch of salvation into a world that needs to hear and embrace the words and sacrifice of Jesus. GUMF has developed legacy vehicles that in combination multiply the impact of one gift.”

If you would like to establish a scholarship fund, please contact Nancy Young, GUMF Vice President of Development, at 678-708-6601 or nyoung@gumf.org.

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