It is a corporation separate from the First United Methodist Church of Tempe whose purpose is to receive and administer the gifts for the ultimate benefit of The Church. The Foundation's mission is to assure the continued spiritual and physical strength of The Church for future generations. The Foundation works to enhance the value of gifts through prudent investment practices.
Scholarships, Missions, Music Programs, Building Programs, and Special Projects.
The Foundation allocates part of its available funds to support scholarship awards each year. Those who receive the scholarships are either a member of the church and/or the Wesley Foundation at Arizona State University (Valley Wesley). The Church's Scholarship Committee selects potential recipients who are then funded by the Foundation. Although many recipients are ASU students, those selected may be attending any college or university.
Our church has a living commitment to mission and outreach, helping those in great need in our community and beyond. We are engaged in active ministries to the impoverished on the campus of ASU by partnering with Pitchfork Pantry. We also participate in Habitat for Humanity build days, working to construct a Habitat House for low-income family to support their self-sufficiency. We have been committed to help many local ministries including United Methodist Outreach Ministries and Wesley Community Center, UMOM, and Justa Center, not only through our gifts but in sharing our volunteer time and care. Tempe First has a been part of a covenant relationship of support for missionaries in African and has been a partner church with United Methodist Committee On Relief projects serving the US and around the world.
The Foundation at First United Methodist Church of Tempe is a well-managed and caring financial constituent in the life of the church. Through the Foundation's assistance many people and groups have reaped meaningful benefits. The Music Ministry has been monetarily enriched through a donated fund from an estate of a former member of our church. This fund is managed by the Foundation and both entities have served the Music Ministry well. There are many areas in the church that would benefit from such donations if one chooses to support a favorite church program through the Foundation in such a manner.
The backing of the Foundation was instrumental in helping the church meet the financial obligation when it comes to capital projects. The Foundation supported the refurbishment of the church Organ and the renovation of Ross Hall.
Occasionally there are special projects that would enhance our witness of faith and extend the ministry of the church in a proactive way, including emerging ministries that need "seed money" to launch and develop, technology needs or funding for conferences and educational events to build and increase the capacity of our church for its ministry.
The Foundation receives two types of gifts: (1) "where the need is greatest" in which case the Board may spend these undesignated funds as it deems appropriate; and (2) for specific purpose, such as scholarships, the music ministry, for an annuity, or for a growing list of designated purposes chosen by donors.