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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 this page to learn more about financial giving. The following links are provided to help you navigate through this page:

Annual Appeal  |   Endowment 

Online Giving  |  Planned Giving

Or you can contribute via PayPal:




Giving to Wesley

There are three main pathways for your gifts to Wesley: the annual appeal, the capital campaign, and the endowment program.  All three are crucial to the ongoing fulfillment of Wesley’s mission and ministry.

Wesley Foundation Annual Appeal

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 Foundation, 1203 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801. 217-344-1120;

Thank you!

Click here for a look at Wesley’s history, mission, and future.

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Members of Wesley’s Grad Study make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter.

Wesley Endowment Program

While faithful giving to the Wesley Foundation Annual Appeal will always be vital to this ministry, it is crucial to strengthen long-term support to our general endowment and 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 know their gifts will be preserved in safe investments
  • They want to help Wesley toward self-reliance
  • They want to aid Wesley’s ability 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 predictable stream of revenue, and is a buffer against economic fluctuation.

Click here to learn more about planned giving as part of contributing to Wesley’s endowment.

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.

Use your credit or debit card via PayPal to contribute:



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 or 217-344-1120.


Please make checks payable to “The Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois” and mail to 1203 W. Green St. , Urbana, IL 61801.

Checks intended for Wesley United Methodist Church can be made payable to “Wesley United Methodist Church at the University of Illinois” and mailed to the address listed above.

Please note which funds you would like to support (Annual Appeal, and/or Endowment Program).

Planned Giving (for Outright or Deferred Gifts to Endowment)

Read more below or contact Wayne Wilson at or 217-344-1120

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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 do 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.

Please designate “Wesley United Methodist Church at the University of Illinois” as the recipient of bequests and other deferred gifts intended for Wesley United Methodist Church.

Legacy Circle

The Legacy Circle is a program that encourages and recognizes support of the Endowment Program at the Wesley Foundation through outright and deferred gifts. In addition the altruistic benefits of giving, as a member of the Legacy Circle you will be invited to an annual recognition event where you will hear about Wesley Foundation activities and their 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 or 217-344-1120

Guests at a recent Legacy Circle reception were asked “What do you think is the most important goal for Wesley Foundation as we enter a second century of ministry?” Here’s how they responded:

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 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.

To establish a firm financial base so that the many programs of outreach and opportunities may continue for another 100 years.
“To establish a firm financial base so that the many programs of outreach and opportunities may continue for another 100 years.”