Treasurer Martha Knight Reports on 2012 Giving
United Methodist Women gave $14.1 million to support mission with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world in 2012. The year’s Mission Giving was down by $93,000, or .66 percent, from 2011’s $14.19 million, but it marks the smallest decrease since the onset of the nation’s economic downturn in 2008, reported United Methodist Women Treasurer Martha S. Knight during the first annual gathering of the organization’s new program advisory group at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 7-9.
“Since the onset of the economic turndown we have seen an average decrease of 3 percent, except in 2012,” Ms. Knight said. “Again we are blessed that United Methodist Women remain the most dedicated givers. In spite of continued economic woes, members gave with strength of purpose to our collective mission with women, children and youth. Because of these gifts, lives were changed in countless ways across the country and around the world.”
United Methodist Women members’ Mission Giving through the traditional five channels in 2012 was:
- Pledge to Mission: $10.78 million, down from $11.16 in 2011.
- Special Mission Recognition pins and certificates: $760,000, up from $730,000 in 2011.
- Gift to Mission: $890,000, up from $600,000 in 2011.
- Gift in Memory: $360,000, down from $380,000 in 2011.
- World Thank Offering: $1.32 million, down from $1.33 million in 2011.
United Methodist Women member’s giving through special offerings and other designated gifts—Mission Giving Plus—was $930,000 in 2012, down $191,000, or 17.14 percent, in 2011. Giving through special offerings and gifts in 2012 was:
- Call to Prayer: $810,000, down from $870,000 in 2011.
- Brighter Future for Children and Youth: $50,000, up from $40,000 in 2011.
- Assembly Offering: $10,000 in 2012 and 2011.
- Other special gifts: $60,000, down from $200,000 in 2011. This area includes bequests from conferences and online donations.
Yvette Moore is editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.