Building Hope Capital Campaign
Construction will soon be concluded on the Margaret Ann Ashcraft and John E. Hilliard homes. This construction completes Phase One of the Building Hope Capital Campaign to add new homes to the Waco campus that better serve the needs of children.
The decision to build updated homes with a new design was an initiative from the Strategic Plan set in 2011. MCH leadership was challenged to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of an aging Waco campus. Using knowledge acquired through the latest research and our collaboration with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, the new homes include an open floorplan to encourage interaction as well as individual bedrooms and bathrooms for residents to help them feel safe and secure. The Ashcraft and Hilliard homes follow the building of the Daniels Home which was completed in 2016.
To learn more about the vision of the Building Hope Capital Campaign or to contribute, contact us at Development@MCH.org or 1-800-853-1272.
Alumna Demonstrates Gratitude Through Continued Support of MCH
Mamie Lee Dodds, a resident of Big Spring, Texas, recently celebrated her 98th birthday. To mark this joyous milestone, Dodds chose to forego gifts and instead asked her friends and loved ones to make donations to Methodist Children’s Home, a ministry very dear to her heart. With this benevolent gesture, she raised almost $3,000 for the children, youth and families in our care.
MCH became home to Dodds (pictured below – front right) and her four siblings when she was only 3 years old. She lived there for most of her childhood and left in 1935 to move to Big Spring. She went on to complete her education and served as a teacher for more than 30 years in Big Spring Independent School District.
Dodds also became highly involved in community service and was recognized in 1993 as the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman of the Year for her efforts to improve the quality of life in the community. Dodds is an active member of her church, First United Methodist Church of Big Spring, where she has served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and lay speaker.
Dodds received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Methodist Children’s Home Alumni Association for her service to MCH and the community. Aside from her work with the Alumni Association, Dodds has partnered with MCH consistently by hosting Christmas party fundraisers for the ministry, serving as a commissioner, and assisting in the development of historical projects at MCH including the Perkins Heritage Home Visitors Center and the historical book commemorating the 125th anniversary of the organization.
Dodds was given a “money tree” from a fellow educator around 40 years ago and since then has used the tree as a tool for raising money for various causes in the community and MCH. After receiving donations through the money tree at her birthday celebration, she passed it on to Methodist Children’s Home where it will be displayed in the Perkins Heritage Home Visitors Center.
Trey Oakley, vice president for development at MCH, attended the birthday celebration and accepted the gift on behalf of the ministry.
“Mamie Lee is a living example of how God is at work through Methodist Children’s Home,” Oakley said. “She was blessed during her childhood by this ministry and now returns that blessing to others. We are grateful to her for her continued support and loyalty. We are proud to have Mamie Lee representing MCH.”
Methodist Children’s Home Receives High Rankings From Charity Evaluators
Methodist Children’s Home received the Gold Seal of Transparency designation from Guidestar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
More than 8 million visitors visit Guidestar.org each year to find information on nonprofit organizations for the purpose of research, community collaboration and charitable giving. Less than 1 percent of nonprofits listed on Guidestar have achieved the Gold level, noted Tim Brown, president and CEO of Methodist Children’s Home.
“Receiving the gold level designation from Guidestar speaks to the commitment we carry to conduct our work with the utmost integrity and transparency,” Brown said. “It reflects the commitment to excellence found in our staff, executive leadership and board of directors. Most importantly, it shines a light on the difference we are making in the lives of thousands of children, youth and families across Texas and New Mexico.”
Earlier this year, Methodist Children’s Home received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating available from the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator.
“It is important for our community members and potential donors to find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress,” Brown said. “Carrying a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and the Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar gives the public the assurance of our commitment to integrity and best practices.”
Gift Annuity Program
A charitable gift annuity provides a way to benefit future generations while also increasing your income and decreasing your tax bill. Our charitable gift annuity program was created as a service to our many friends who have expressed a desire to make a gift of significance, while still retaining income from the gift property during their lives. A charitable gift annuity is a contract in which you exchange a gift of cash or securities for a guaranteed, fixed income each year for the rest of your life.
Your gift annuity offers five distinct advantages:
- Income for Life – at attractive payout rates for one or two lives
- Tax Deduction Savings – a large part of what you transfer is a deductible charitable gift
- Tax-Free Income – a large part of your annual payment is tax-free return of principal
- Capital Gains Tax Savings – when you contribute securities for a gift annuity, you minimize any taxes on your “paper profit”
- Personal Satisfaction – from making a gift of lasting significance
Payments are made quarterly; one-life or two-life annuities; cash or securities to fund your gift. Cash gifts allow maximum tax-free income; gifts of securities allow you to minimize capital gains taxes. Methodist Children’s Home Board policy states that an individual wanting to participate in the gift annuity program must be at least 55 years of age and make a minimum donation of $5,000. MCH does not accept real estate or property to fund a gift annuity.
To receive your personalized proposal, please contact Trey Oakley, vice president for development at (254) 750-1388, or by email at TOakley@MCH.org.