Community United Methodist Church Foundation

Touching the Future—Making a Difference

History and Purpose

The Community United Methodist Church Foundation was established in 2000 to carry on the important task of building and providing stewardship for a permanent endowment for our church. The purpose of the Foundation is to develop and receive gifts from individuals and organizations in order to support the general mission and ministry of the church, to maintain the building and facilities, and to support the special ministries of the church.


Permanent funds strengthen a church so that it may continue to support ministry even in difficult economic times. Because the Foundation’s endowment funds are permanent, only the earnings are distributed for actual use. This reassures donors that each gift will make a lasting contribution throughout the life of Community United Methodist Church.

Management of Funds

The funds are managed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, elected by the Charge Conference of CUMC, plus the Senior Pastor, and representatives from the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee.

Gift Opportunities

  • General Endowment Fund is the largest fund managed by the Foundation and is the principal source of long-term financial support for the general mission and ministry of the church.
  • Music Endowment Fund supports the music ministry of the church.
  • Building Endowment Fund supports building improvement needs.
  • Memorial Fund receives gifts and bequests which may be used for special needs of the church as designated by the giver.
  • Current Fund defrays administration expenses of the Foundation

Foundation Giving

Current Giving

If you would like to make a gift to the Foundation, place your gift, with specific directions for its use, in the collection plate or mail it to the church office.

  • Gifts of cash, personal, and business checks
  • Gifts of stock and/or appreciated securities
  • Corporate matching gifts

Deferred Giving

Include the CUMC Foundation in your trust or will:

  • Gifts of paid-up or partially paid-up life insurance policies
  • Gift Annuity
  • Name CUMC Foundation as a beneficiary of your life insurance or IRA

I Want to Make a Difference

  • By mail: 20 Center St, Naperville, IL 60540
  • By email: Foundation Email
  • By phone: 630 355 1483

To arrange a meeting with a Foundation Director, contact us.

The 1837 Society


The 1837 Society name designates the year in which Community United Methodist Church was founded with Jacob Boas preaching to fifteen families in the Naper Settlement. Within three years, these German speakers were building a meeting house, the first church building constructed in Dupage County.


The 1837 Society was established to identify those living who have remembered Community United Methodist Church in their wills, trusts, life insurance, or personal documents setting forth deferred gifts.

Invitation to Join

Consider joining the 1837 Society by including CUMC as a beneficiary in your estate planning. Contact the Foundation to learn more about it.