North Georgia United Methodist Foundation and The South Georgia United Methodist Foundation Announce Merger
The North Georgia United Methodist Foundation and the South Georgia United Methodist Foundation announced plans to merge effective January 1, 2010. The boards of trustees of both foundations unanimously approved this merger. The newly formed nonprofit agency will be called the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.
“This merger will greatly enhance the new Foundation’s ability to serve the financial and stewardship needs of clergy, laity, churches and agencies in the North and South Georgia Conferences,” said Mike Watson, Resident Bishop of the North Georgia Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church.
“I am personally excited about the potential benefits of this new partnership,” said James King, Resident Bishop of the South Georgia Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. “As one Foundation, we will have increased financial strength, stability and growth potential, which will expand ministry resources to our local churches throughout the state. Once again, we will be benefiting from the strength of the United Methodist connection.”
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation will be led by the Rev. Robert Fletcher, president of the North Georgia United Methodist Foundation. The Rev. Wayne Racz, executive director of The South Georgia United Methodist Foundation, will serve as senior vice president of the new Foundation.
Both Fletcher and Racz share the same vision of helping churches, agencies and individuals multiply their financial resources for mission and ministry. Additional goals include partnering with United Methodists to grow God’s kingdom, maintaining high Christian and professional standards, and providing expert counsel, superior value, and a wide range of stewardship services.
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation encourages faithful stewardship by managing funds entrusted to it; by building endowments for future ministries; by providing investment opportunities and planned giving; and by working with churches and agencies on loans and fundraising campaigns.
To learn more about the Foundation’s resources, visit www.gumf.org
or call 770.449.6726 or 877.220.5664.