Foundation News: December 2023

Join us for a FREE webinar:

New Year's Resolutions: Estate Planning for 2024

Uncertain about what new tax laws mean for you and your family? Wondering how to proceed with estate planning? This virtual training is for YOU!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at 6:30pm CST

WHERE: Virtually via Zoom

WHO: YOU! Anyone with questions about their estate plan or new tax laws. Hosted by IUMF Executive Director Katharine Yarnell. Presentation by Johni Hays of Thompson & Associates.

Johni Hays, Senior Vice President, Thompson & Associates, is a national presence in the field of estate planning. She has written and lectured about this topic, helping people take charge of their estate plans and at the same time, she’ll show you how to leave more for your heirs than you thought possible.

Register for this webinar here or by emailing We will send you the link for the Zoom call when you register.


Attention students: Apply for a scholarship TODAY!

We want to help the students in your congregation! With over 100 scholarships (and over $100,000) to award this year, the Foundation encourages all high school and college students in Iowa to check out our scholarship program. When you are ready, click the red APPLY NOW button and you will be taken to our third party partner's site to apply.

Fun fact about our application process: Fill out one application and you will automatically be submitted to each scholarship for which you qualify! No need to learn the criteria for each one. Applications will be accepted until March 1st, 2024. Please visit Kaleidoscope's Help Center for application questions, or email

Thank you certificate holders

The Foundation wants to take an opportunity, as we head into the new year, to thank our generous certificate holders. Whether you are a church or an individual, we thank you!

By investing in a certificate with the Foundation, you not only earn money, but you allow us to loan money to Iowa churches for building projects, such as updated Sunday School classrooms like the one pictured. Thank you for allowing us to help with such important ministries!

To learn more about our certificate program, visit our website:

Certificates for Churches
Certificates for Individuals

More resources

Stelter: 2024 Gift Annuity Rates Released

Stelter: Getting Donors to Believe in Their Worth

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