The WMU Foundation gifted national WMU a $45,000 grant in an effort to help offset the loss for 2020 through the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout 2020, national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) in Birmingham, Alabama, caught the ramifications of the pandemic. National WMU offers biblically-sound, church-wide learning experiences and missions organizations for all ages; however, with many churches choosing to not gather on-campus for extended periods of time, fewer churches purchased WMU resources.
The national WMU staff remains confident God was not surprised by their circumstances, and they continue to trust Him to guide their organization during these unprecedented times. National WMU is not a part of the Cooperative Program allocation budget and receives no funds from the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering or Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. National WMU is supported through the sale of magazines and products and from investments and charitable contributions through the WMU Foundation.
“While the WMU Foundation exists to support all WMUs around the world, we always want to look for ways to help the organization who created us,” shared David George, WMU Foundation president. “We are thrilled to use a part of our current year operating revenue to make this gift to national WMU.”
The WMU Foundation was established in 1995 by Dr. Dellanna O’Brien, former executive director of national WMU. The WMU Foundation offers opportunities to support those who are taking the gospel to the nations through a variety of funds and endowments, which supports the mission and ministry of national WMU, women’s leadership development, anti-human trafficking efforts, scholarships for missionary kids and those pursuing mission careers, and more.
“COVID-19 took a toll on 2020 giving to the WMU Foundation, and we do wish we could contribute more,” continued George. “Though this $45,000 gift will not solve all of national WMU’s financial needs, we hope it can serve as a way to strengthen their organization during these difficult times.”
The pandemic is not over, and there is still work to be done. If you are passionate about missions and want to help move the ministry of WMU forward, join the WMU Foundation in supporting national WMU when you give to the WMU Vision Fund held at the WMU Foundation. Give a one-time or monthly gift online at wmufoundation.com/vision or by mail: WMU Foundation Vision Fund, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242.
Written by Maegan Dockery, Marketing Manager at the WMU Foundation.