Foundation's annual meeting celebrates 40 years in ministry

May 04, 2015

The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana celebrated its 40th anniversary at its annual meeting April 28 at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.

Rob Fairly, president of the Foundation, and Chairman of the Board Rev. Joseph Awotwi led the meeting where Dean Harvey, a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, was elected to the Board of Trustees for a two-year term. Special guests included donors, Louisiana Annual Conference staff and several past Foundation Board chairs.

Some of the important statistics of the Foundation include:

  • Manages more than $22 million in endowments for United Methodist ministries
  • Has underwritten 160 Charitable Gift Annuities since 1990, totaling over $7 million
  • Serves as Trustee for 47 trusts established with over $17 million
  • Administers more than $8 million in Donor Advised Funds
  • Has loaned over $27 million to churches and United Methodist ministries since 1993
  • Has awarded over $5.5 million in grants to churches and related ministries since 1992

Located in Baton Rouge, the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana was founded in 1975 and serves United Methodist churches, institutions and individuals within the Louisiana Annual Conference, providing financial guidance and education, loans and grants. It is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the denomination.

Former board chairs for the Foundation and a past president attended the luncheon. They included Marcus Wren, Dr. Ken Reed (past president), Rev. Larry Stafford, Bridger Eglin, Rev. Jan Holloway-Curwick and Rev. Joseph Awotwi.