On March 23, 1869, eight women gathered at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and organized the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, what would become United Methodist Women. Those women raised money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation.
United Methodist Women continues to build upon the foundation set forth by our founders almost 150 years ago. Yet the difficulties encountered by women, children and youth around the world continue to sustain separation from life affirming compassionate care and support that heals, restores and empowers. Imagine what is achievable, what is possible, if United Methodist Women had the resources to deepen and expand its mission to transform lives and ignite change in places near and far.
In 2014, the Board of Directors launched the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign, setting a goal to raise $60 million. The Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign is both historic and unprecedented, with the campaign's theme, Together, we are building our legacy, celebrating the legacy of the courageous women who founded this mission movement, as well as the legacy that today's members will leave for future generations of United Methodist women, to create their legacy to carry the mission of faith, hope, love in action forward in the world for years to come.
Gifts to the Legacy Fund can be made in several ways:
- Online at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/150/home
- By phone: 800-278-7771
(8 am-6pm EST, M-F)
- Text Legacy150 to 41444
- By check: note "Legacy Fund" in memo and mail to:
United Methodist Women: Treasurer's Office
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115.
- Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org