According to the General Board of Global Ministries, the Advance is an accountable, designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church that ensures 100% of each gift is used for its intended mission or ministry. The program was created as a way to allow United Methodists, as well as other interested individuals to contribute to specific programs, missionaries, and ministries. Advance giving is often called "second-mile giving" because it goes beyond the "first mile" of contributing to apportionments and World Service Funds.
This is one more opportunity for you to support this organization. 100% of your gift comes directly to United Methodist Community House to help support the children, youth, adults and seniors who come here daily.
Ways to Donate
We make donating easy.
- United Methodist parishioners can donate through their church, online, in person at 902 Sheldon SE, Grand Rapids or by phone - 616.452.4226.
- Our Advance Number is 162841
Contact me for more information about Planned Giving
Kristen Blain, Director of Development
616.452.3226 x.3023 or email
Planned giving is a way for you to ensure that the work of the United Methodist Community House continues. Here are five ways you can be a part of our Planned Giving Society and Heritage Society.
- Cash or check may be given before or after your lifetime.
- A Will is a legal document that is only effective after the documenter’s lifetime. A Will indicates the deceased’s wishes and beneficiaries.
- A Trust ensures the beneficiary a lump sum of money, but distributes the money in given amounts over a certain period of time.
- Gifts of stock may be given before or after your lifetime.
- Stock ownership may be transferred to a beneficiary as indicated in a Will.
- Stocks may also be liquidated, and the cash accredited may be used as a gift. This may also be indicated through a Will.
Life Insurance Policy
- A life insurance policy assigns a designated beneficiary a sum of money after the policy holder’s lifetime. The beneficiary will receive the life insurance money, regardless of what is written on the policy holder’s Will.
- The beneficiary may receive a lump sum of money or receive given amounts of money at regular intervals.
- If multiple beneficiaries are named, a percentage can be documented.
Retirement Plan Assets
- Undistributed balance in a retirement plan account can be redistributed and taxed to a designated beneficiary. By naming a charitable organization as your ultimate beneficiary, you may reserve