Foundation News: July 2023

Carma Mohler Hunger Grants Open for Application

IUMF offers hunger relief grants annually thanks to a generous gift from Carma Mohler. It was Ms. Mohler's wish to eliminate food insecurity, particularly in her home state of Iowa.

To celebrate the start of this year's grant season, we recently visited two former winners, Asbury Garden in Bettendorf and Food at First in Nevada. We are proud to learn and share the good work these groups are doing.

If you are part of a group working to fight hunger in your community, we encourage you to apply. Applications will be accepted until October 1st.

Pictured above: Onion and potato plants almost ready to be harvested at Asbury Garden.

Pictured below: Oven range at Nevada First UMC that was purchased with grant money, and is used to make meals for the Food at First program.

BFT Certificate Rates Remain Competitive

The Foundation's Building Fund Trust offers certificates (think of CDs offered by your bank) as a low-risk investment option for churches or individuals. You can invest for 1, 3 or 5 years and elect to receive or re-invest earnings. With competitive rates and the added bonus that you are helping churches in Iowa, we urge you to consider investing in a certificate.

Now Available: IUMF 2nd Quarter Fund Performance

See updated performance numbers on our website. You can also download our full 2nd Quarter Report for an in-depth breakdown. Have questions about the different funds? We are happy to schedule a meeting to review your church's investments or investment strategy.

YOU are invited... participate in the Foundation's Our Gift to You program! As part of this program, you get to meet with an expert estate planning lawyer for FREE! Our expert, Johni Hays of Thompson & Associates, can answer any questions you have and teach you tips and tricks for creating an estate plan that reflects your values and beliefs. Email us today to claim your spot!

More Resources

Stelter: 3 Times to Celebrate, Educate and Empower Your Donors

Lewis Center: 10 Tips for Building Genuine Connections with Your Neighbors

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