The Resurrection Foundation is ready to help you plan a legacy gift for the future of our church's ministry and mission.
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Foundation, a Kansas nonprofit corporation, was established in 2002 to identify and develop opportunities for planned giving. Our purpose is to endow and support the future needs of our church’s ministry and mission by encouraging our members to remember Resurrection in their wills, trusts, retirement accounts and life insurance designations.
Church of the Resurrection members give generously of their time and resources to support Resurrection's vision of changing lives, transforming communities and renewing the church. The Foundation provides these generous members with the opportunity to further this vision through planned giving.
Leaving Your Legacy
The church of the Resurrection's mission is to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. As a member of the church, you have committed to a journey of knowing, loving and serving God as you grow in your faith. A gift to the Resurrection Foundation is one way of furthering your lifetime commitment and stewardship by remembering The Foundation in your will or trust or as a designated beneficiary of another asset. A Legacy Gift is a way to provide support to the church's mission and ministries in the future.
The Foundation ensures the long-range financial growth and sustainability of Resurrection. To do this, the Foundation and past donors have established various types of funds.
Secure the Future
The existing funds cover a broad spectrum of ministries, missions and future needs. Some of these funds include...
- Seminary Scholarship Funds
- Missions Support Funds
- Traditional Music Fund
- Congregational Care Funds
... and many others that may fit your charitable intent. Creation of new funds that align with Resurrection goals and your intent is an option as well.
Renew our Church
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, has been called the single most influential Protestant leader of the English-speaking world since the Reformation. We believe that as United Methodists we are called to continue to renew the church through leadership and generosity.
The Church of the Resurrection's John Wesley Legacy Society honors the dedicated group of members and friends who have chosen to include Resurrection in their estate or planned giving. You can join the John Wesley Legacy Society when you declare a gift to the Resurrection Foundation.
The Foundation, along with previous donors, have given prayerful consideration to establishing the funds that are currently in place. Click the links below to learn more about the existing funds. The Resurrection Foundation Board follows donor input to set up funds that support missions, ministries and future needs. Each potential gift/fund is subject to approval of the Resurrection Board of Directors on behalf of The Church of the Resurrection. The Resurrection Foundation will work with donors to design a donor fund that fulfills their specific wishes while contributing to Resurrection Foundation's purpose.
Local Missions Support Fund
The Fund is intended to provide support to The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s Local Missions.
Beyond Kansas City Mission Fund
The Fund is intended to provide support to The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s Beyond Kansas City Missions.
Traditional Music Endowment Fund
The Fund is intended to provide support to The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s traditional music programs. It is recognized that the needs of the traditional music programs will change over time and this Fund is intended to adapt to those needs. Yearly distributions are limited to the income and appreciation from the principal of the fund.
Child in Crisis Fund
The Fund is intended to provide support to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s ministries and the Greater Kansas City community for the purpose of assisting and serving children who are in harm’s way due to loss, abandonment, or other crisis.
Pet Care Assistance Fund
The Fund is intended to provide support to families who are experiencing financial difficulty with pet care.
Facility Maintenance Endowment Fund
The Fund is intended to provide support for facility maintenance needs of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Yearly distributions are limited to the income and appreciation from the principal of the fund.
General Unrestricted Endowment Fund
The fund is intended to allow the Resurrection Foundation to support The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection as areas of need are identified. Yearly distributions are limited to the income and appreciation from the principal of the fund.
General Unrestricted Fund
The fund is intended to allow the Resurrection Foundation to support The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection as areas of need are identified.
Resurrection Foundation Development Fund
The Fund is intended to further promote and develop the Resurrection Foundation within The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
Ministry Educational Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is intended to provide support to Church of the Resurrection members seeking ministry educational programs or ministry preparatory education. Preference will be given to applicants who are participating in the Ministry as a Career (MAC Track) program. Secondary considerations will be given to Church of the Resurrection members enrolled at colleges of the United Methodist Church and while not a MAC Track participant, enrolling in ministry career education. Secondary considerations will also be given to ministry career seeking individuals who demonstrate financial need; or are enrolled at institutions that allow for United Methodist Church or other institutional matching grants. Application deadline is May 1.
New Generation Seminary Scholarship Fund
This Scholarship is intended to provide support to full-time seminary students. Each applicant must have begun their first seminary academic year at age 30 or younger. Qualified applicants would be active members of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection who have been approved as declared candidates by the Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee. Potential multi-year support is available to applicant meeting eligibility requirements. Application deadline is May 1.
Seminary Education Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Fund is intended to provide financial support to those active members of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection who have been called by God to serve as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Yearly distributions are limited to the income and appreciation from the principal of the fund. Application deadline is May 1.
Seminary Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Fund is intended to provide financial support to those active members of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection who have been called by God to serve as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Special consideration will be given to the financial need of the recipient. Yearly distributions are limited to the income and appreciation from the principal of the fund. Application deadline is May 1.
Thuma Scholarship Fund
The Fund is intended to provide financial support to those active members of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection who have been called by God to serve as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. The Lowell and Jean Thuma Seminary Scholarships are provided to worthy seminary students. Application deadline is May 1.
If a donor wants to establish a new fund as referenced above, there is a minimum gift requirement of $25,000. If a donor wants to contribute to an existing fund, there is no minimum gift requirement.
+-Ways to Give
Thank you for considering a planned gift to The Church of the Resurrection Foundation to help ensure the future ministry of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. The Resurrection Foundation can help you determine which type of gift is the best fit for your charitable giving goals and financial objectives. Below is a description of the many ways you can give.
Donor Advised Funds
The Resurrection Foundation offers Donor Advised Funds as a convenient option for giving to your favorite ministry. By establishing such a fund at the Foundation, you can minimize your taxes by making charitable gifts to your fund, but decide later which charities will benefit.
The Benefits of a Donor Advised Fund include:
- You can make a gift to your Fund at the time most convenient for you and receive an immediate charitable deduction.
- You can decide later which charity(ies) you recommend to receive distribution, how much and when.
- Earnings are credited and compounded tax-free so that more money may be available for your favorite charities.
- You can pass on important values of service and caring for others by involving children or other family members in charitable gift recommendations.
- You and others may add to your Fund any time. All gifts will be acknowledged by the Foundation, and you will be advised of contributions received.
- You will receive an annual statement of all contributions, distributions and Fund earnings.
You can establish a Resurrection Foundation Donor Advised Fund with as little as $25,000 and you may make additional contributions of any size at any time. Each gift represents an unconditional, irrevocable charitable contribution and is not refundable.
The annual distributions from Foundation Donor Advised Funds primarily benefit charitable organizations that are related to the Resurrection United Methodist Church. Charities that are unrelated to the United Methodist Church, but that are compatible with the Church’s mission can be considered for a portion of annual fund distributions.
Establishing your Foundation Donor Advised Fund can be as easy as filling out a form and writing a check. For more information, contact your Resurrection United Methodist Foundation at 913-544-0242, Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Smith, Executive Pastor.
Retirement Plan Assets (IRA)
A retirement plan is one of the best types of assets to transfer to the Resurrection Foundation following death because of the income tax consequence. Most inherited assets are free from income tax. However, an heir will pay income tax on disbursements from a decedent’s retirement plan such as a profit sharing plan, Section 401(k) plan or IRA. If you are going to make a charitable bequest, it is usually better to transfer assets subject to income tax to a tax-exempt charity – such as the Resurrection Foundation – and to transfer assets not subject to income tax to heirs.
For a taxable estate, the combination of estate and income taxes will frequently exceed 75 percent of the total amount – even more if the generation skipping transfer taxes are triggered. At a cost to your heirs of only 25 percent of the fair market value of these types of assets, you could apply 100 percent of the assets to the Resurrection Foundation to accomplish your specific charitable objectives. Estate taxes change, so be sure to consult an accountant.
Of course, married couples can postpone the decision by transferring the assets to the surviving spouse and claiming the marital estate tax deduction. However, since that deduction is not available to unmarried individuals and the second-to-die of married couples, a charitable bequest of pension plan assets might be the best option.
A gift of stock is one of the easiest methods to make a gift. If the stock has appreciated, the donor not only avoids the capital gains tax on the appreciation but also receives a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of contribution.
You may have purchased life insurance when you needed protection for your family, business or estate. In later years, you have found you no longer need that insurance. If you want to achieve immediate tax benefits, you should consider irrevocably assigning an insurance policy to the Resurrection Foundation.
Giving life insurance as a gift to charity allows even those with modest means to leave a substantial contribution to the cause most meaningful to them. A gift of life insurance is a deferred gift, which means the proceeds from a commitment made now will be realized in the future. Donors often struggle between their desires to achieve philanthropic goals and their need to preserve their estates for their families. A gift of life insurance can eliminate this conflict.
In addition to gifting an existing life insurance policy, a new life insurance policy can be purchased from your life insurance professional naming the Resurrection Foundation as owner and beneficiary. The initial premium payment plus subsequent insurance premium payments made by the donors are deductible as charitable contributions. A gift of insurance will not reduce your current stream of income.
Naming the Resurrection Foundation as Beneficiary
Perhaps a charitable gift sounds attractive but you are not ready to give up ownership of your life insurance. By naming the Resurrection Foundation as beneficiary only, you retain ownership of the policy; have access to the cash value and the right to change the beneficiary. If you would prefer that a member of your family remain the primary beneficiary, you can make the Resurrection Foundation the contingent or successor beneficiary to receive the proceeds if your primary beneficiary dies before you.
Because you retain ownership of the policy, there is no charitable deduction for the value of the policy upon designation of the Resurrection Foundation as beneficiary or for subsequent premium payments. However, any proceeds payable to the Resurrection Foundation at your death will not be subject to federal estate tax.
Charitable Bequests: Last Will and Testament or Living / Revocable Trust
Including a charitable bequest as a part of your will is a great way for you to provide long-term support for the Resurrection Foundation while also effectively managing your estate. Making a charitable bequest is easy. If you want to leave a bequest to the Resurrection Foundation, you must specifically do so in a will or trust. Your will or personal trusts are legal records of your wishes regarding how your assets should be handled at your death. Instructions regarding the dispensation of your assets are called bequests.
Charitable Bequests are not subject to estate or inheritance taxes, therefore reducing the tax burden of an estate. Charitable bequests also provide flexibility because they may be changed at any time. Your estate will be entitled to a charitable deduction for the full, fair market value of your gift. The Resurrection Foundation can assist you and your attorney with standard legal language necessary to establish your charitable bequest.
With this type of bequest, you simply leave a specified dollar amount
(e.g., $25,000) to the Resurrection Foundation.
A bequest of this type involves the designation of specific property
(e.g., a home, a farm, or shares of stock) that you want the Resurrection
Foundation to receive.
Through a residuary bequest, the Resurrection Foundation will receive the
remainder of your estate after all liabilities and other bequests have been
paid. It may augment a general or specific bequest to the Resurrection
Foundation if the size of the estate allows, or may ensure that other
beneficiaries receive their bequests prior to distribution to the
You may direct that the Resurrection Foundation receive a percentage of
your estate or residuary estate. In this case, if the size of your estate
changes, the bequest will change proportionately.
It is important to anticipate a situation in which a beneficiary might die
before you or choose to disclaim the property. To prepare for such an
occurrence, consider naming the Resurrection Foundation as the
There are several ways to memorialize those dear to you. Gifts may be made to the Resurrection Foundation in memory of deceased persons, to honor living persons, or to commemorate anniversaries or other special events.
Click here for more information.
Gifts in Lieu of Flowers
It may be appropriate to remember a loved one by requesting that “in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Resurrection Foundation.”
If you desire to contribute to Resurrection Foundation anytime during life, please contact Rev. Clayton Smith to discuss your charitable intent. Donors who give during life get to see the benefits of their gifts and realize the tax benefits of giving.
Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust is an efficient estate planning vehicle. It is a special type of trust that provides for and maintains two sets of beneficiaries. The first set are the income beneficiaries (you and, if married, a spouse). Income beneficiaries receive a set percentage of income for your lifetime or for a fixed term not to exceed 20 years from the trust. The second beneficiary would be the Resurrection Foundation. The Resurrection Foundation would receive the principal of the trust after the income beneficiaries pass away.
There are two basic types of charitable remainder trusts; one is an annuity, one is a unitrust.
Establishing either trust is simple:
• Cash or property is transferred to the trust.
• The income beneficiaries receive annually an amount equal to a fixed
percentage of the trust’s fair market value (unitrust) or a fixed dollar
amount (annuity trust).
• Upon termination of the trust, the assets are transferred to the
• The eventual distribution to the Resurrection Foundation will take effect
only at the death of the trust’s income beneficiaries (or at the end of the
term of the trust if a fixed term is chosen for the trust).
Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a way for you to receive a guaranteed income for life and an immediate income tax deduction, while at the same time leaving a legacy to the Resurrection Foundation.
When you transfer assets to a Charitable Gift Annuity, you receive a fixed stream of income for life. After paying the lifetime annuity to you – and your spouse, if you choose – the remaining principal is transferred to the Resurrection Foundation.
Payments to you are based on your age – the older you are, the higher the rate. If the annuity is for you and your spouse, the calculation is based on your joint ages. You can choose to receive payments quarterly, semi-annually or annually. If you do not need the income now, you can use a deferred plan, receive the income tax deduction now, but begin receiving payments when you reach a specific age. This is an excellent complement to your existing retirement plan.
The tax advantages of both a current and deferred annuity are two-fold. First, you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction when you create your annuity. The amount of the deduction is based on your age and annuity payout rate. Second, a portion of the payments you receive may be treated either as tax-free return of principal or long-term capital gains. These tax advantages increase the net income you receive.
Securing the Future or Current Needs
Once you have committed to making a gift, you need to specify if it is for current needs of the church at the time of the gift, or future needs thru the Foundation.
A gift for current use at the time of the gift should be designated: “The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection”
A gift for future needs should be designated: “Church of the Resurrection Foundation, a Kansas non-profit Corporation”
If you would like additional information, please complete the Request for Information online form, or print the form and mail to Rev. Clayton Smith at 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 6224. A printable version of the FAQ is available here.
What is the Resurrection Foundation?
The Church of the Resurrection Foundation, launched in 2002 as a separate legal entity, secures funding for the future mission and ministry of The Church of the Resurrection. Already our Resurrection Foundation has set up funds to support seminary students, the music ministry, facilities, missions and other needs. Your Resurrection Foundation, through its benevolent donors, helps to ensure that The Church of the Resurrection will be able to continue its vision for ministry in years to come.
How does my commitment to Church of the Resurrection's annual giving differ from a gift to Resurrection Foundation?
The Resurrection Foundation, through its funds, “Secures the Future” of The Church of the Resurrection. The vision is the same ... Changing Lives, Transforming Communities and Renewing the Church. What differs is the timeframe. While annual giving supports the operational expenses of the Church and funds the annual budget, the Foundation offers a way for the church to address needs beyond those contained in the annual budget.
Your contributions to the Foundation will allow the church to address needs of facilities, missions and ministries beyond what the annual giving will allow. As the Foundation assets grow and are distributed, the Church’s missions and ministry can grow beyond the annual giving. Beyond looking to the future, the Foundation also provides an important resource in the Renewal of the Church through seminary scholarships to those Resurrection members on the path to becoming ordained pastors.
How can I donate?
You will typically hear about giving to charity through your will or trust, but there are many easy ways to remember Resurrection Foundation in your planned giving that do not require changes to your will or trust. Making the Resurrection Foundation the designated beneficiary of your life insurance policies, 401(k), IRA, and brokerage accounts is a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to achieve your charitable goals. Gift types vary and the Resurrection Foundation is equipped to accept all forms of assets – other types of assets include, but not limited to, real estate, personal property, and direct stock transfers.
If interested, let the Resurrection Foundation know. Our Executive Pastor of Generosity is happy to discuss your charitable desires with you and/or your advisors. Simply complete the one page donor declaration to inform us of your planned gift and its desired use when it's received in the future. You may contact Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Smith at or complete the online donor declaration here.
Does the Resurrection Foundation accept gifts during the life of the donor?
The Resurrection Foundation gives donors the option for charitable giving during life as well as an outlet for giving at death. Donors who give during life get to see the benefits of their gifts.
I have already established a will. How do I include the Resurrection Foundation in my future gift plans?
In regards to a will or trust, often times a small amendment can be made to your existing estate plan, but some circumstances require more. If your current planned gifts include Resurrection Foundation, let us know so we can fully understand your intentions. See also the “Ways to Give” materials for a more in depth look.
Can I start a new fund with my own donor intent?
Yes. The Resurrection Foundation Board follows donor input to set up funds that support funding for missions, ministries, and future needs. Each potential gift/fund is subject to the approval of the Resurrection Foundation Board of Directions on behalf of the Church of the Resurrection.
What is the minimum donation?
There is no minimum donation to our general endowment funds. All gifts are welcome. If a donor wants to establish a new fund as referenced above, there is a minimum gift requirement of $25,000. The Resurrection Foundation will work with donors in the design of a donor fund that fulfills their wishes while contributing to Resurrection Foundation's charge.
What if I change my mind?
Until the gift is made (assets transferred), it is only a declaration of intent. If your intent changes at anytime, you can modify the gift. The Resurrection Foundation recognizes that donor intent changes over time and can accommodate those changes.
Is there any tax benefit to donating to the Resurrection Foundation or The Church of the Resurrection?
Yes. Similar to the tax benefits from annual giving to the Church of the Resurrection and other charities, you will realize a tax savings based on your giving. The Resurrection Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) entity qualifying for deductability. We encourage you to consult your tax advisor.
What is the John Wesley Legacy Society?
The John Wesley Legacy Society recognizes donors who have indicated that they have remembered the Resurrection Foundation or The Church of the Resurrection in their estate planning. We simply want to thank these members and recognize their generosity and intent to remember the Resurrection Foundation.
What do I do if I have already remembered the Resurrection Foundation or The Church of the Resurrection in my will?
Please let us know if you plan to remember our church in your will or estate plan. We want to invite you to become a member of our John Wesley Legacy Society. Contact Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Smith, 913-544-0242, or complete the online donor declaration, available in the Resources section of this page.