Our annual operating budget supports many outstanding ministries and programs.
- Adult Ministries
- Young Adult Ministries
- Youth Ministries
- Children’s Ministries
- Bold Service & Social Justice
- Lay Leadership
- Property Operations
- Administration & Finance
- Food Services
To make a contribution to this vital fund, write “Operating” on your cash envelope or check, or select “LAUMC Operating Fund” as your Online Giving option.
Los Altos UMC encourages the discipleship practice of extravagant generosity. If you wish to make a commitment of your gifts to the Operating Fund for the year, you are invited to use our online Commitment Form.
There are times when special designated gifts are needed to enable the participation of congregation members in life-changing ministries and programs sponsored by Los Altos UMC. There are times when our pastors reach out to our congregation and our community on our behalf to help those with an urgent, short-term need for financial support. Your financial gifts to the designated funds described below help us extend the loving hand of God to others in our congregation and beyond.
Starfire Summer Tour Scholarships
Los Altos UMC’s senior high school choir, the Starfire Singers, takes the affirming message of God’s love on the road for two weeks every summer. Donations to the Starfire Summer Tour Scholarship fund helps students whose families cannot afford the entire cost of the trip.
Church Camp Scholarships
Los Altos UMC’s All-Church Camp takes place each year at Camp Lodestar. Donations to the Church Camp Scholarship fund helps families who would not otherwise be able to attend.
Mission Trip Scholarships
Los Altos UMC sponsors a variety of life-affirming and world-changing hand-on mission trips each year. The cost of these mission trips is generally borne entirely by the participant. Donations to the Mission Trip Scholarship fund help people who want to serve, but for whom the trip cost is prohibitive.
Pastors’ Discretionary Fund
Our pastors often hear of critical financial needs in our congregation and community. Donations to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund are available for our clergy to use at their discretion to help people who find themselves in sudden, urgent, short-term need of financial help.
While our special 2012 Nehemiah’s Call capital maintenance campaign has ended, contributions can be made at any time to our Building Maintenance Fund. Contributions made to this Fund are used by our Board of Trustees to maintain the buildings and grounds of our church campus and parsonages. If you have a passion for our beautiful properties and would like to contribute to their ongoing maintenance, write “Building Fund” on your check.
What Is an Endowment?
Endowment gifts are planned gifts from our hearts to the mission and ministries of our church. They have enduring impact because endowment funds are permanent; they will be available long into the future of the church. Only the total return from such funds will be used.
As a donor you also have the ability to direct your gift with your heart, specifying the area of ministry you most wish to support. Perhaps you wish the grounds to continue to be maintained for future generations or music has been especially important to you, or you want to ensure the development of new children’s programs. Your gift can make a difference to the future of any ministry or ministries you choose.
All undesignated gifts to LAUMC in excess of $25,000 are allocated partially to the Endowment Fund and the Opportunity Fund as follows: 50% Property Endowment, 20% Program & Mission Endowment, and 30% unrestricted Opportunity Fund, which is managed by the Church Council.
Sowing Seeds of Love and Faith
There are many ways that you can make a legacy gift to the church you love. Endowment gifts are often made as part of a will or estate plan. You might specify a percentage, specific dollar amount, or the residue of your estate as a gift to the church.
Other types of planned gifts are given during a person’s lifetime. These may be designed to take advantage of allowable income and estate tax incentives, as well as to provide income for you or a loved one.
To make the gift that is right for you and your church, it is important to understand your choices. We invite you to contact us for a brochure on topics of specific interest to you.