What is the Caring Forever Foundation?

The Caring Forever Foundation is the 501(c)3 supporting organization of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church established exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes. The Foundation receives gifts, bequests, donations and administers them for the perpetual benefit of the church’s ministries and mission.

 

Because You Give to the Caring Forever Foundation…

The Caring Forever Foundation gave more than $135,000 to the Houston community and Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in 2018. The Caring Forever Foundation’s assets are held in eleven different funds and each of these funds awards grants for unique purposes.

Ways to Give

The Foundation welcomes gifts of cash, marketable securities, and real property at any time. Many donors make a one-time gift in memory or honor of someone or to recognize a significant milestone.

Donors may choose to make the Foundation a beneficiary of assets from these sources: bequests from wills or trusts, retirement accounts, life insurance, donor advised fund, or private foundation.

 

Ways to Make a Planned Gift

Give to An Existing Fund

Give toward a particular purpose, such as music, missions, landscaping, and more. Or, simply give an undesignated gift to the General Fund.

Set Up a New Fund

This option gives you the ability to set up and name a fund as you wish.

Set Up a New Scholarship

Create a named scholarship to support students pursing higher education. You may set up the criteria for the scholarship (such as area of study).

 

The Foundation applies its contributions to its permanent endowment funds. Earnings from our endowment funds enable the Foundation to make grants and scholarships as well as cover administrative costs. The Foundation maintains separate bank accounts, investments, and financial records from the church. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation and as a result gifts made to the Foundation are typically deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Contact CFF

Stacy Stepler
Executive Director

713-468-8356 ext. 241

StacyStepler@mdumc.org

 

The Memorial Garden

On the east side of the church courtyard is the final resting place for the cremated remains of members and loved ones.

The Memorial Garden offers a quiet, comforting space to draw close to God, to give thanks, and to remember. It is a link with the Church Triumphant and proclaims the Christian faith: the beginning and the end of human life rest with God.

Practically speaking, The Memorial Garden is a columbarium with niches held in a polished wall of granite engraved with personal markers for the deceased. Each niche has ben entrusted to the perpetual care of MDUMC and is the responsibility of the Caring Forever Foundation.

If you are a church member desiring to learn more about purchasing inurnment rights in The Memorial Garden, contact the CFF office at 713-468-8356 ext. 241.