The 1869 Society and You

The new 1869 Society celebrates women who have made planned gifts 
to United Methodist Women.

The 1869 Society and You
Exploring the exhibit hall during the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

Say “the 1869 Society” and you might picture a group of women in a Victorian parlor, dressed in fashions of the mid-1800s, sipping tea, chatting animatedly.

United Methodist Women’s newly launched “1869 Society” is a little different, however. Members of the society are modern women—retirees actively engaged in their local churches and communities, working women juggling careers and households. They are women from all parts of the country, of all ages and races and life situations.

What unites these diverse women is that they have all made United Methodist Women the beneficiary of a planned gift. Membership in the 1869 Society is one way the national office of United Methodist Women honors and recognizes women who have made this commitment.

Planned gifts can come in many forms, ways and amounts. Planned gifts can come from cash gifts or pledges, bequests or estate gifts, sales of property, appreciated securities or retirement accounts.

“Planned giving provides a wonderful opportunity for members to connect their individual personal legacies with the mission-forward work of United Methodist Women to ensure the organization has a firm financial foundation in support of and service with women, children and youth in the years and decades to come,” explains Emily Marshall, director of development for United Methodist Women.

I can do that!

Emma Lea Mayton of Austin, Texas, knows how easy it is to make the decision to become an 1869 Society member. At a board meeting of a community center owned and operated by United Methodist Women in her district, Mayton heard the treasurer report on an estate gift they’d just received. The gift was 6 percent of the donor’s estate. When she learned that percentage giving is an option, Mayton thought to herself, “Well, I can do that!”

The fourth-generation Methodist and fifth-generation Austinite drew up a list of various organizations she wants to support with a percentage of her estate and included United Methodist Women in that list. Mayton, retired from a teaching career, is the active president of her local United Methodist Women unit and knows United Methodist Women uses money wisely and well.

“I can pledge now for the future,” she said as she described her planned gift. “I want United Methodist Women to be here another 150 years, and my gift is a great way to be part of this.”

Any member of United Methodist Women can join Mayton and the now 200 other women (and growing) as members of the 1869 Society. Talk with your loved ones about your wishes and meet with your attorney and financial advisor to determine the type of gift that best fits you. After you have made your decision, you can find the Letter of Intent found online at united and mail it to the United Methodist Women Development Office. If you have questions and would like to speak to a development officer, call 212-870-3705. For more information about the 1869 Society, visit or send an e-mail to

The 1869 Society looks forward to welcoming you!

Sandy Wilder is former consultant for major and planned giving for United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM

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