Individual Services

Planned Giving

About Bequests

You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is a great way you can make a gift to our organization and benefit. You transfer your cash or property to our organization and we promise to make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age.

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

You may be concerned about the high cost of capital gains tax with the sale of an appreciated asset. Perhaps you recently sold property and are looking for a way to save on taxes this year and plan for retirement. A charitable remainder unitrust might offer the solutions you need!

Meet your personal financial goals while making a difference for our future.


The Foundation supports conference churches by providing ongoing seminars and educational materials to church members. These programs concentrate on how church members can effectively give to their faith communities. Planned Giving Programs help church members discover how to give from accumulated assets. These methods often result in tax savings, benefiting both church and benefactors. 


Last year The Foundation distributed $39,000 in scholarship funds.

Excellence In Clergy Leadership Scholarship

The foundation is proud to partner with the Desert Southwest Conference, The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The Lilly Foundation, and the UM Accredited Seminaries to offer this scholarship to a qualified DSC candidates in their second or third year of seminary and meet all application criteria. An award may total up to $12,500. For more information on this program, please visit

Dollars for Scholars

The Foundation has a partnership with the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation to be a contributing organization in their Dollars for Scholars Program. This program involves matching support from a student’s church, UMHEF, partnering UM-related schools, and participating UMC conference foundations. An award may total up to $4,000. For more information on this program, please visit

Long Journey Scholarship

The Desert Southwest Conference, in partnership with the Desert Southwest United Methodist Foundation, is taking applications for the Long Journey Scholarship. This scholarship program recognizes DACA / undocumented students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, are active in their community and/or within their local United Methodist Church, and who are pursuing a higher education. The scholarships assist students with the common financial challenge that they face while attending school. Multiple scholarships up to $1,000 may be awarded annually. For more information, please refer to this PDF.

Other Available Scholarships Funds:

Bruce & Carolyn Mathews Fund
Lucille S. Bailey Memorial Fund
Charles S. Kendall Gift Fund
James W. Mahood
E.T. & W.A. McGaw Fund
George V. or Eva L. Steed
Methodist Medical/Dental Student Loan Fund
Roger M. & Jane L. Stressman Fund

2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients:

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For more information on scholarship opportunities, please email Executive Director Anne Green at

Together, we can work towards securing the future through responsible stewardship and excellent service marked by grace.

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