The Foundation Helps Methodists Establish Endowed Scholarships


When a donor establishes an endowment fund with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, they can rest assured their gift given to support an organization’s mission or a cause they strongly believe in will endure, even beyond their lifetimes. These donors share the reasons behind their gift and the lasting impact they hope it will make on current and future generations.

The Rev. Karen Elaine Webster Parks and Kenneth D. Parks, Scholarship Endowment Donors, Atlanta
“We have been blessed in abundance with families who always gave back to God and community. We grew up with the Scripture, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” We are strong believers in giving back and would love to see more people of color have the opportunity to be philanthropists. When we created the scholarship endowment fund with the Foundation, it was a double win. We could say specifically it is for a student at Clark Atlanta University, which has an African American heritage and is a Methodist university. A lot of people get out of school with huge debt. We want to soften that blow and create philanthropists who understand the need to give back, especially to communities that don’t normally have that opportunity.”

Bill and Linda Daniel
Scholarship Endowment Donors, Savannah

“We established the Rev. James and Mavis Trice Scholarship Endowment with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation to honor his memory and their ministry together. For about eight years, Jim and Mavis were our pastoral family at Isle of Hope UMC. The scholarship is available to Georgia students in local Methodist churches who want to attend Methodist colleges and universities, giving a preference to students attending LaGrange College. LaGrange is where Jim and Mavis met and began their lives together. We think it is important to recognize young people’s gifts, graces, and talents at the local church level. The Foundation’s investments are well managed and consistent with our Methodist values and philosophies. By placing the funds in the Foundation, we are assured the impact will last forever.”

The Rev. Dr. D. B. (Dee) Shelnutt Jr. and Kandy Jackson Shelnutt
Campership Endowment Donors, Gainesville

“It was important to us to establish an endowment with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation that will fund camperships in perpetuity for young people through North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries. Because Camp Glisson is very dear to our hearts, we wanted to help ensure that those who wanted to attend but could not do so because of lack of funds could still be eligible, so they did not miss out on life-changing experiences. We are United Methodists and always want to use the UMC organizations for our missions. We know the history of the Foundation and trust it completely. Many of the Foundation’s leaders are dear friends and people of utmost integrity and highest morals. We have witnessed firsthand the numerous ways GUMF has helped churches expand their ministries.”