One Individual’s Endowment Fund Supports Smaller Churches

Vivian Otto

Twenty years ago, Vivian Otto created an endowment fund to honor her late husband Eugene. She put $10,000 in the fund, and then let God’s time pass. On a summer afternoon in 2011, she checked on the fund and discovered it had grown to more than $40,000. The fund was originally created to assist small churches. It mirrored Otto’s passion. She had worked as a director of Christian education for the former Washington West District. Funds earned by the endowment will enliven small churches in a variety of ways, and the endowment will continue to grow – a forever fund – honoring a man who was intent on helping to create the Kingdom of God.


“Unlike traditional banks and other investment institutions, MAUMF does its work through people who are accessible and know money but also know our churches and the meaning of ‘love thy neighbor.’”

Lawrence Pelham Simpson UMC Wilmington, DE February 22, 2017

“Trinity UMC had not established a formal approach for extraordinary or planned gifts. With the help of MAUMF, we are now fully engaged... They met with us, provided guidance, furnished material and are always available for continued dialogue. Trinity’s Endowment Committee is now up and running with great expectations for fulfilling our mission. This is in large measure due to the partnership we have forged with the MAUMF.”

Warren Rice Endowment Committee Chair, Trinity UMC, Prince Frederick, MD February 22, 2017

“Our investment committee decided to commit the large share of our endowments with MAUMF over a year ago. It was a decision thoroughly analyzed, discussed, and prayed upon. We can gladly say this decision was the proper one. We receive timely monthly reports, and all inquiries are met with immediate attention. MAUMF is flexible, informative and is willing to go the extra mile for us. Our experience at Grace is only positive and we certainly recommend the them to any other church body that desire to put God’s resources to work for God’s glory.”

Clark Carr Pastor, Grace UMC, Hagerstown, Md. February 22, 2017