Paying Forward

Create a meaningful legacy that is right for you.

The Fund for Ministerial Assistance provides over $2 million annually which, when combined with the Christmas Fund, provides the resources to:

  • supplement low pensions,
  • supplement health benefits,
  • provide other direct assistance to retired UCC clergy and lay employees,
  • provide Christmas gift checks to low-income retirees,
  • fund a robust Annuitant Visitor program that serves retired clergy and lay employees 

The Fund for Ministerial Assistance came into existence thanks to legacy gifts given over the past century. Nearly half of those gifts were bequests from clergy and the children of clergy. Over the past century, the Fund has grown to approximately $50 million.

Former Congregational/Unitarian minister, Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay Compensation, points out that often we cannot pay back those family members, ministers, educators, mentors and friends who have supported us through their encouragement. We can though, “Pay Forward” to honor their gifts to us.

Create a meaningful legacy that is right for you. Consider a legacy gift to The Fund for Ministerial Assistance, an endowment providing for retired ordained and lay workers of the United Church of Christ.

For more information about legacy gift opportunities, contact us at 1.800.642.6543, ext. 2718.