Wesley makes a difference in our community. Wesley connects people with one another and with God. Wesley builds an inclusive, global community. Wesley shapes students for fascinating, productive futures.
And we couldn’t do it without you: your commitment, your time, your fellowship, and your gifts. We encourage you to explore the whole Wesley website to find ways to get involved, but stick around on this page to learn more about financial gifts. You can use the following links to navigate through this page:
Giving to Wesley
There are three main pathways for your gifts to Wesley: the annual appeal, the capital campaign, and the endowment program. Each option accomplishes different things, but all three are crucial to the ongoing fulfillment of Wesley’s campus mission.
Wesley Foundation Annual Appeal
The Annual Appeal supports the vital day-to-day ministries and programs of the Foundation. Contributions go toward funding our peer ministry program and other programs like Midweek Worship, small group bible studies, and International Coffeehouse.
The Annual Appeal keeps the lights on and the programs running, making Wesley a vital part of current Illinois students’ lives.
Wesley Capital Campaign
We are now entering the final phase of the five-year Wesley Capital Campaign to repair and enhance the Social Center built in 1921. Thanks to the generosity of more than 190 households– including congregants, current students, current and former staff, and alumni – three major capital improvement projects have been completed. The masonry was restored, repaired, and cleaned. Phase 1 upgrades of the heating system were completed. Just recently the nearly century-old slate roof was replaced. This support is making an enormous difference allowing us to preserve and enhance this historic facility for Wesley’s Second Century of worship, study, leadership, and service.
Through December 2016, gifts and pledges to the Campaign total $1,073,948 of our total $1,690,000 goal. If you have not yet made a Campaign commitment, or would consider making another gift, there is still time! Additional contributions will help fully fund the new roof and allow us to move forward on the remaining capital improvements that focus on electrical and window upgrades.
To make a gift, scroll down to “Ways to Give”. For questions concerning non-cash contributions or to make other donation arrangements, please contact Bonnie Taylor, Wesley Capital Campaign, 1203 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801. 217-344-1120; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesley Endowment Program
While faithful giving to the Wesley Foundation Annual Appeal will always be vital to this ministry, it is crucial now to strengthen long-term support to our general endowment if we are to sustain our work for future generations. Donors contribute to the endowment because:
- They want the Wesley Foundation to be strong and active for years to come
- They like knowing their gifts will be preserved in safe investments
- They want to help Wesley toward self-reliance
- They want to help Wesley be able to offer new programs to meet emerging needs
- They want to continue their annual giving in perpetuity.
Contributing to Wesley’s Endowment Program is a way to think long-term and to create a living legacy that spans generations. The principal of the endowment fund is invested and only the investment’s earnings are spent. A strong endowment provides a more predictable stream of revenue, acting as a buffer to economic fluctuations.
Ways to Give
Here are some of the ways you can give to Wesley:
Make a donation to Wesley through PayPal. We especially encourage using this method for contributions to the Annual Appeal but please add a note in the message section if you would like to use PayPal to contribute to Capital Campaign.
Note: If you are making a larger donation or recurring donations, giving through Vanco offers lower transaction fees and the convenience of automatic debit from your bank account. Click here to find forms for setting up Vanco donations. Questions? Contact Bonnie Taylor at email@example.com or 217-344-1120.
Send checks payable to “The Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois” and mail to 1203 W. Green St. , Urbana, Illinois 61801. Please note which funds you would like to support (Annual Appeal, Capital Campaign, and/or Endowment Program).
Planned Giving (for Outright or Deferred Gifts to Endowment)
Read more below or contact Wayne Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-344-1120
More About Planned Giving
Outright gifts such as cash, real estate, or stock are invaluable ways to support Wesley. An increasing number of alumni and friends are making planned/deferred gifts to the Wesley Endowment Program. Donors have done so because they want to ensure that Wesley has the resources for future needs. They also realize that planned gifts can help meet personal or family estate planning objectives. Substantial income, capital gains, and estate tax savings can be achieved through certain forms of planned gifts.
- Make or revise your will directing a percentage, a fixed amount, or through a contingency statement, an eventual gift to Wesley’s endowment.
- Name the Wesley Foundation as a primary or secondary beneficiary of a new or existing insurance policy, IRA or other financial instrument.
- Create a charitable lead trust, or a life-income gift such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts that benefit Wesley.
In making bequests and other deferred gifts please identify us by our legal name, “The Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois.” Wesley is a non-profit corporation duly existing under the laws of the State of Illinois and is a 501 (c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Documentation of this status can be provided upon request.
The Legacy Circle is a program that encourages and recognizes support of the Endowment Program at the Wesley Foundation through outright and deferred gifts.
Besides the altruistic benefits, as a member of the Legacy Circle you will be invited to an annual recognition event where you will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about current Wesley Foundation activities that are having a local, national, and global impact.
Donors to the Legacy Circle will be publicly acknowledged as Legacy Circle members only with their permission.
For more information about joining the Legacy Circle, contact Wayne Wilson at email@example.com or 217-344-1120
Guests at a recent Legacy Circle reception responded to the question “What do you think is the most important goal for Wesley Foundation as we enter a second century of ministry?” Below are a sampling of responses.
To remain a beacon of light drawing in students and allowing them to explore their spirituality free of expectation to ‘join’ the church. God will work in their hearts as God sees fit.
To be a focal point for students searching for meaning, faith and opportunities to serve others.
To establish a firm financial base so that the many programs of outreach and opportunities may continue for another 100 years.
To continue to shine its light across the campus and help students to further their faith journeys. Help them to learn more about other students and their customs.
To engage people of all ages in social justice and community service initiatives to show God’s love through actions and impact.
To become more visible to the campus and Champaign-Urbana community, and increase our interfaith and inclusive ministries.
To be a campus ministry that is open/accessible to all students, preparing them for faithful leadership in the church and world.
To be a welcoming place that allows students to explore their spiritual development, engage in local, national and international missions of service, and use their talents to help create a sustainable economy and more just society.