United Methodist Women members and groups around the country are getting ready for the second annual Day of Giving on March 23, 2016, part of the organization’s five-year 150th anniversary culminating in 2019.
The March 23 Day of Giving honors the day in 1869 when a small group of women braved a legendary torrential rain to gather at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and organized for mission. The women established the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, a predecessor of United Methodist Women, and galvanized women around the country to raise money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation.
A Day of Giving gifts go to The Legacy Fund, a permanent endowment that will support the mission outreach of future generations of United Methodist Women as they address the needs of women, children and youth of their day. Members in every conference participated in the first Day of Giving in 2015, giving more than $100,000 through online gifts, toll-free calls, smartphone texting and mailed-in checks.
“Our foremothers are standing beside us through $1.3 million a year in interest on endowments that they established to support mission with women, children and youth today. That’s a significant legacy,” said Martha S. Knight, treasurer of United Methodist Women. “The Day of Giving is an opportunity for women today to give that kind of legacy to their daughters and granddaughters and nieces as they make mission happen with women, children and youth of their day. Thanks be to God.”
A Day of Giving will be a 24-hour giving festival. Members and friends may give:
- Online at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/legacyfund.
- By phone: 800-278-7771
(8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday).
- Text Legacy150 to 41444.
- By check to Office of the Treasurer, United Methodist Women,
475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.
Write “The Legacy Fund” in the memo section.
Conference United Methodist Women Liaisons will be notified of contributions from women in their area — but the amount of the gift will always remain confidential.
United Methodist Women members and friends may consider giving $15 or $150 or even $1,500, in recognition of our upcoming 150th anniversary, or $18.69 or $186.90 or even $1,869, in recognition of the year of United Methodist Women’s founding.
A Day of Giving gifts are 100 percent tax deductible. Contributors will receive an immediate thank you and a printable tax receipt for 100 percent of their donation.
Spread the word! As with our foremothers in 1869, in the 21st century women still need to organize for mission. Make it happen with a gift to The Legacy Fund on March 23, A Day of Giving.
Yvette Moore is director of communications for United Methodist Women.