LEgacy Fund

As we approch the 150th Anniversary, we continue our monthly challenges as a way to raise awareness for the Legacy Fund, and have some FUN!


Because we are nourished by UMW, so that we may nourish others, November's challenge is to donate $1.50 for every side dish we served for Thanksgiving!


We are bound by our love for one another, the greatest gift we can share. To hononr this, our challenge for December is $1.50 for every type of bow we tie on our Christmas gifts!


As the New Year begins, we keep our work for UMW foremost in our plans. Donate $1.50 for every resolution we make!


Remember, every donation, big or small goes to carry on the work of the UMW for another 150 years. Have FUN!



Join United Methodist Women members around the country on March 23 for the  Annual Day of Giving to The Legacy Fund, part of our five-year 150th anniversary   celebration! The Legacy Fund is a permanent endowment to support the work of future generations of United Methodist Women. 

It’s easy to give!

Office of the Treasurer

United Methodist Women

475  Riverside Drive 

New York, NY  10115


Write “The Legacy Fund” in the memo section.



United Methodist Women

Celebrating 150 Years: 1869-2019

United Methodist Women are launching a 5-year time of study, reflection, action and giving as we anticipate the 150th anniversary of our founding, and plan for continued ministries with women, children and youth in the decades beyond.

The Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church was organized by eight women, in Boston, March 23rd, 1869. Within a few weeks they had written a Purpose, adopted bylaws, voted to print and distribute a ‘paper’(now called response magazine), organized a dozen new societies in near-by churches, and pledged money to support two single women missionaries in India: Isabella Thoburn (a teacher) and Clara Swain (a doctor). The women sailed in December, 1869; and started a class for girls and small clinic for women immediately upon arrival. Today Isabella Thoburn College and Clara Swain Hospital continue as significant 21st century ministries.

The Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund is a key component of the celebration, a permanent endowment of the national office of United Methodist Women. Its purpose is to ensure the work of United Methodist Women for the next 150 years. Interest earned by this fund will be added to the undesignated pledge-giving of members.

To enhance this Fund, each member of United Methodist Women is challenged to contribute an annual gift of $18.69 (in addition to her pledge). There are multiple easy and fun ways to achieve this goal.

Retired deaconesses and missionaries at Brooks-Howell Home who served under appointment of the Women’s Division have contributed $100,000+ as a challenge gift.

Resources Are Available:

  1. January, 2015 issue of response magazine.
  2. “Acting for Racial Justice” (March, 2015, 2014-2015 Program Book, p 57).

Written by Barbara E. Campbell, Deaconess, retired staff of the Women’s Division, and resident of Brooks Howell Home in Asheville, North Carolina.



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