What is the Caring Forever Foundation?

The Caring Forever Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church organized exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes. Governed by an elected board from the congregation, this body receives gifts, legacies and bequests, and administers the same for the perpetual benefit of the church's ministries and mission.

What can the Caring Forever Foundation do for you?

CFF offers you a means to create, protect and direct more resources to do more good—from enhancing current programs to funding new ministries to leaving charitable legacies and advancing causes that make a lasting difference. CFF partners with you to tailor, guard, and grow investments to fund a gift that assures what you care for now will be cared for always.

How can you empower God’s work today and tomorrow?

Contributions to the Caring Forever Foundation can be made in any amount via cash, stock, bonds, insurance, retirement assets and real estate.  Large gifts may create named funds for “loving God and neighbor,” whereas any donation may be designated to an established fund.  All gifts in accord with IRS tax codes are deductible and invested to preserve capital, offset inflation, and provide income for approved grants.

What are the granting funds of the Caring Forever Foundation?


Undesignated gifts, memorials, honoraria, and bequests used for approved CFF purposes.


Ben Bogart Workcamp Fund—used to aid participants in MDUMC youth workcamps

Eugene Cragg Fund– used to aid students enrolled in graduate work leading to fulltime ministry in a local congregation of the United Methodist Church.

Charles B. Simmons Mission Fund – used to help persons participate in MDUMC missions


Helping Hands Fund- used to assist people who are “under-blessed”.


Beverly Sloan Fund - used for landscaping and maintenance of the MDUMC grounds.

Memorial Gardens - used for upkeep, maintenance and expansion of the Memorial Garden.


Bobbie Swaim Music Memorial – used to support traditional, classical music and organ concert programs of Memorial Drive UMC.

Howard Swaim Media Ministries – used to upgrade MDUMC A/V and technical equipment.

Harry Rankin Lectures – used to support a lectureship for congregational Christian education.

Porter Fund for Religious Education – used to enhance religious education at MDUMC.


Contact CFF

Stacy Stepler  |  Executive Director

713-468-8356 ext. 241


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.