About the Foundation

St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston was established in 1960 as a permanent endowment to undergird the church’s facilities and ministries. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Thanks to generous donors throughout the years and prudent investment strategies, the Foundation now has a robust fund balance of over $20 million and is uniquely positioned to be here for good. Being here for good means the Foundation: 1) safeguards financial stability for the church’s future and 2) supports St. Paul’s commitment to pursue the common good.

What We Support

Grants | Through its permanent endowment, the Foundation provides grants made to St. Paul’s UMC for maintenance and ministries support, as well as the efforts of local ministries, the Texas Annual Conference, and national and international missions. In 2018, the Foundation made 23 grants totaling $79,208. Learn more about Grants.

Scholarships | Students graduating high school or continuing their college education are encouraged to apply for Foundation scholarships. These scholarships are primarily for church members and youth who are active in the programs of St. Paul’s UMC. In 2018, the Foundation awarded $80,475 in college scholarships. Learn more about Scholarships.

How the Foundation Works

Thanks to the generosity of others, the Foundation receives gifts to general and designated funds, as well as gifts given as honoraria and memorials. The Foundation also helps individuals set up Planned Gifts such as annuities, remainder trusts, and life insurance beneficiary gifts.

One of the major sources of gifts to the Foundation comes in the form of bequests in individuals’ wills. Another giving option comes from individuals who wish to set up named funds for designated and undesignated purposes. Named funds require a gift or pledge of $25,000+, while named scholarship funds require a gift or pledge of $10,000+.

In the Spirit of Blessing

The members of St. Paul’s UMC will continue to be blessed and will continue to be a blessing for others. This is the faith St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston lives and shares in for all of God’s children throughout the world. We pray that all will join us in being a blessing to others.

Giving to the Foundation

Gifts may be made by mail to:
St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston, 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004

If you prefer to make a gift online, please click the blue button and select “Foundation” from the drop-down menu. Your gift will go to the unrestricted general fund of the Foundation, unless you note otherwise in the memo line by designating a specific fund of your choice.

 

If you wish to explore putting the Foundation in your will, making a planned gift, or establishing a named fund, please contact the Foundation via foundation@stpaulshouston.org or call 713-528-0527.