Fresno Wesley Foundation

A gift to the Foundation provides a lasting

release of love into the World!

OUR STRUCTURE An endowment fund is maintained to provide income in perpetuity or for a designated term. The principal is invested and, unless otherwise specified by the terms of the gift, only the income may be spent.

OUR PURPOSE Our purpose is to establish procedures for the procurement, management, and disposition of funds or other properties, which are contributed to the Foundation through various ways including, but not limited to:

Bequests by will

  1. Charitable remainder trusts
  2. Life income gifts
  3. Assignment of life insurance
  4. Stocks and bonds
  5. Transfers of property
  6. Grants and/or funds solicited from other agencies
  7. Cash gifts
  8. Memorial donations in honor of a person or organization

All such gifts will be administered in accordance with the Fresno Wesley Foundation Charter and the Foundation Investment Guidelines. Where possible, the Foundation practices socially responsible investing.  Donations to the Foundation are fully tax deductible.

Funds will be placed in one of the following:

  1. Unrestricted Endowment*
  2. Property Endowment
  3. Bolivia Endowment
  4. Music Endowment
  5. Youth Endowment

*Undesignated gifts to the Foundation will be placed in the Unrestricted Endowment Fund.


The Fresno Wesley Foundation meets quarterly the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July, and October.

Fresno Wesley Foundation Board of Directors
Darla Bussey, Dawn Diestelkamp,
Dan McKeever, Dana Counts, Mary Daugherty,
Nancy Fraleigh and James Shepherd

Questions may be submitted by email to: 


2017 Grant Submissions are Open from

February 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017

Completed Applications must be mailed or emailed to the Foundation at the appropriate   address listed above. GRANT APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR EMAILED ON OR BEFORE MARCH 31, 2017 AND RECEIVED BY APRIL 5, 2017.  Faxed or hand-delivered Applications will NOT be considered. No exceptions will be made. Late Applications and those deemed incomplete by the Foundation Board will not be considered.

Award letters will be mailed by May 15, 2017. Grant monies will become available after June 1, 2017. Please be advised that monies received must be expended by May 31, 2018.

The Fresno Wesley Foundation Board reserves the right to condition the funding of its grants.

Fresno wesley foundation 2017 Grant Application Form

 Fresno Wesley Foundation 2017-18 Expenditure Report

Wesley Foundation 2016-17 Grant Expenditure Report


Mission Statement

Wesley United Methodist Church, through the Foundation, seeks to be part of Christ’s family bound together in our concern for each other, our community, and for the peoples of the world.   As our mission, we wish to encourage the Christian stewardship   of accumulated, inherited, and appreciated resources. It is understood that special gifts and bequests should not take the place of faithful stewardship of current income to Wesley. Gifts made to the Foundation shall contribute to the release of Christian love into the world.