In keeping with our mission to support the ministries of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church through the development of gifts and the stewardship of resources entrusted to the Foundation in support of God's work, the Foundation created the Gifts From the Heart Endowment Fund in 2001. In addition to named funds that would memorialize individuals and families, Gifts From the Heart focuses on the following endowments:

  • Missions - This endowment encourages putting faith and love into action through engagement in our world with the hope that it opens hearts, opens minds, and opens doors; it provides support of mission trips and other involvement that promotes local, global, and national engagement.

  • Youth and Camping - This endowment encourages, searches out, and supports camping and new and unique church youth programs which will attract more youth to the church, provide a strong foundation upon which our youth build their lives, and encourage youth to become leaders in their churches and communities.

  • Pastoral Education and Support - This endowment assures that pastors can participate in continuing education studies to further benefit the pastor and the congregation.

  • New Start/New Faith Community - New Start/New Faith Community congregations incur significant start-up costs, and they look to their Annual Conference “family” for financial assistance in their early, formative years. This endowment helps to assure that young congregations have every opportunity to succeed in bringing God’s love into their members’ lives.

  • Greatest Needs - This endowment aggressively seeks opportunities to provide help where needed; where it makes a difference in lives; where it gives hope; where it helps a church to grow; wherever we can be of service.