First Foundation

Give a Gift that Lasts a Lifetime and Beyond

Consider giving a gift that lasts a lifetime and beyond to support a First United Methodist Church ministry you care about.

Designated Gifts of any amount may be given now or later to one or more of the foundation’s funds. The funds are:

  • Christian Education Fund (Enhances education ministries for all ages)
  • Mission & Outreach Fund (Enhances mission and outreach ministries)
  • Property Care & Improvement Fund (Provides for the care, improvement or acquisition of church property)
  • Worship & Music Fund (Enhances the church’s worship life and music ministry)
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry Fund (Enhances the church’s ministry with youth and young adults)

If your gift is $50,000 or more, you may establish a new fund in your name to support any purpose listed above or to support another ministry of your choice.

Undesignated Gifts will allow the church the flexibility to meet emerging ministry needs and opportunities.

Unless you indicate otherwise, 100% of donated funds will be invested to preserve the principal while providing annual income.

You may choose from a variety of ways to give:

Ways to Give Now

  • Cash
  • Appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
  • Your IRA Required Minimum Distribution if you are at least age 701/2
  • Real estate

Ways to Give Later

  • A percentage or a set amount of your estate to the First Foundation in your will
  • An asset (cash, stock, mutual fund, insurance policy, retirement plan, real estate) to the First Foundation in your will
  • A Charitable Gift Annuity or a Charitable Remainder Trust

Please consult your financial planner about the best way for you to make a gift to the First Foundation.

First Foundation 

The First Foundation encourages, receives and distributes current and estate gifts to support the ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Madison. Established in 1965, the First Foundation is available to members and friends of First United Methodist Church who want to make a gift that will last a lifetime and beyond. 

If you would like more information about the First Foundation, have questions about the foundation, or want to know about making a current or estate gift, please contact our Lead Pastor, Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler, our First Foundation Board of Directors President, Matt DeVos, or our church’s accountant, Sarah Flanagan. Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler may be contacted by phone at 608-234-5189 or by email at . Mr. Matt DeVos may be contacted by phone at 608-316-3801 or by email at . Sarah Flanagan may be contacted by phone at 608-338-1288 or by email at .

Making a Gift

When including the First Foundation in your estate plan, please share the following information with your attorney.

Legal Identification:
First United Methodist Church Foundation, Madison, Inc.
203 Wisconsin Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703-2105

Foundation Board

Matt DeVos (President)
Kent Peterson (Vice-President)
Linda Vance(Secretary)
Ray Petkovsek (Treasurer)
Tom German
Kirsten Held
Don Schultz
Krista Tweed

FUMC Ex-Officio and Advisory Members

Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler (Lead Pastor)
Brad Crowley (Governing Board)
Paula Primm (Governing Board)
Sarah Flanagan (Director of Operations & Finance)