Memorial Trust Fund

What is the Memorial Trust Fund?

The United Thank Offering Memorial Trust Fund was established in 1982 when the United Thank Offering Committee was officially changed to the United Thank Offering Board. The Trust Fund was established to defray the costs of the Board’s work, pay for production of UTO materials for free distribution, and ensure that every penny collected from UTO Ingatherings would be used for mission and ministry.

Give thanks for the special people and events in your life.

Gifts to the United Thank Offering Memorial Trust Fund can be made whenever you want to make a lasting tribute of thanksgiving:

In recognition for faithful service in ministry, leadership or friendship

For special events, such as births, confirmations, weddings, birthdays, and achievements

In loving memory of a cherished friend, relative, church member or leader.


Because of the Memorial Trust Fund, no United Thank Offering (UTO) administrative or staffing costs are paid for by the annual UTO Ingathering. All funds collected from Ingatherings are awarded as grants the following year.  Additionally, the Trust promotes participation in the spiritual discipline of gratitude, which is the foundation of the United Thank Offering, by funding the creation and production of printed and online materials, videos, social media, smartphone apps, and more. Finally, the Trust allows the staff and Board to promote the United Thank Offering, administer the annual granting process, and respond to the needs of UTO members and its grassroots network.

Thanking and acknowledging donors and their intentions.

Your gift to the United Thank Offering Memorial Trust is tax-deductible. After donating, you will receive a thank-you card that conforms to Internal Revenue Service standards.

If your donation was made in the name of a person or family and you provided us with their address, then we will send an acknowledgment card informing them of your generous gift to the Memorial Trust on their behalf.

Additionally, your name and the intention of your gift will be added to the Memorial Trust Book. The book is available digitally on the UTO website and is updated in July and January, and the bound versions are displayed at General Convention.

End-of-life Planning


If participating in the spiritual discipline of gratitude has impacted your life, we invite you to consider remembering the Memorial Trust in your will so that this ministry will continue to serve new generations and  teach generosity and gratitude throughout the church.


As you begin to consider your end-of-life choices, we recommend thinking through those things you would prefer for your funeral. We’ve created a worksheet to help get you started, and we hope that you’ll list UTO as a donation site in lieu of flowers.


To give online, please fill out the secured form below. To ensure your gift is towards the Memorial Trust Fund, select “United Thank Offering – Memorial Trust ” as the designation.