The establishment of the Golden Cross Foundation was approved by Tennessee Annual Conference action on June 12, 2012. The purpose of Golden Cross Foundation is to fund expansion of older adult ministries and services in the Tennessee Conference. The Foundation provides funding and strategic direction while the implementation is provided by the Adult/Older Adult Committee and the Conference Council on Connectional Ministries.
The Golden Cross Foundation is an extension ministry of the Tennessee Annual Conference. The charter, by-laws and the election of board members is approved by the Tennessee Annual Conference.
Initial funding came from the McKendree Village Foundation, which has made a gift of $50,000. The McKendree Foundation matches all gifts to the Golden Cross Foundation dollar for dollar to an additional $50,000. The endowment fund of the Golden Cross Foundation is held by the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences.
The first official meeting of the Golden Cross Foundation Board of Directors was held on May 6, 2013. The Charter and By-laws were approved at the May meeting.
The Golden Cross Foundation does not receive any apportionment dollars from the Tennessee Annual Conference. The Golden Cross Foundation receives funding through the Golden Cross Sunday offering. By action of the 2012 Annual Conference, the Golden Cross Sunday offering will be disbursed to the Golden Cross Foundation (75%) and to the Health and Welfare Committee (25%) for ministries to those with disabilities. The Golden Cross Foundation solicits and receives individual gifts.
In 2014, the Golden Cross Foundation has funded training programs to establish and expand older adult ministries at the conference and local church level. The Golden Cross Foundation has provided a grant to Wings of Hope, Inc., a ministry based in Winchester, TN, to minister to widows both in Franklin County and in other counties within the Tennessee Conference. The Golden Cross Foundation has also provided a grant for a community feeding ministry for older adults through Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN.
More information about the Golden Cross Foundation or to give online may be found on the website: www.goldencrossfoundation.org
Golden Cross Foundation
304 South Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 9
Nashville, TN 37211
The Golden Cross Foundation will announce during the 2015 Annual Conference session the receipt of a major gift. Nominees to the Golden Cross Foundation Board of Directors Class of 2018 will be presented by the Nominations Committee and approved by the annual conference.
Respectfully submitted by the Golden Cross Foundation Board of Directors Executive Committee
Mr. Charles Hewgley, Chairperson; Mr. Cliff Steger, Vice Chairperson/Finance Committee Chairperson; Ms. Newtonia Coleman, Secretary; Rev. Jim Robinson, Chairperson, Vision Committee; Ms. Glenda Head, Treasurer; Mr. Kent McNish, Executive Director.