Methodist Home for Children gets $5.2 million

RALEIGH, N.C. – Raleigh’s Methodist Home for Children has received a $5.2 million bequest from the estate of Ruth Jackson Carver, representing the largest single donation in the agency’s history.

The unrestricted gift will be added to the organization’s endowment and should provide approximately $250,000 in new operating income annually, Bruce Stanley, president and CEO of the Raleigh-based charity, says in a statement.

Founded in 1899 as a campus orphanage, the group provides community-based services including counseling, residential care and foster care for children and families throughout North Carolina.

In the 12-month period ending June 30, 2007, the group served more than 1,300 children and families, and for each person or family it helps, the Methodist Home must raise $1,000, Stanley says.

“This means we can serve at least 250 young people and families each year without any concern that funding shortfalls will impact their care,” he says.  “With God’s blessing and Mrs. Carver’s generosity, we can fulfill our ministry in a spirit of abundance and grace, rather than scarcity and fear.”

Carver, a longstanding member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Durham and a generous donor in her community, did not share her estate plans with the agency in advance.

“She made her gift quietly and humbly,” Stanley says. “We all can look to Mrs. Carver as a role model for how we treat the resources God has entrusted to us.”

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