Supporting Children and Family Urban Movement

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is someone valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.the poet E.E. Cummings

CFUM is a movement designed to reveal to children, youth, and families their value and worth, their unique spirit sacred and revered—fostering a deep belief in themselves and the life we share. That is no easy saunter in the midst of the very real stresses of poverty that afflict too many working families. But when CFUM succeeds the hope so deep within us no one has to tell us how to spell it thrives. The result is changed lives, a changed neighborhood, change within and around us for the good of all. Please join our movement with your financial contributions.

 By the Numbers

Children & Youth
Children, Youth & Neighbors
Meals Served

benefited from CFUM out of school programs (42 for multiple years)

benefited from CFUM out of school programs (72 for multiple years)

served throughout the year, a total of 115,960 contact hours


gave 16,078 hours of service

 CFUM Sources of Revenue for 2013

Grants $345,853
Businesses and Foundations $302,234
Estate Giving $245,182
Individuals $227,473
Faith Communities $52,723

 How Revenue is Used by CFUM in 2013

Program Expenses
Management and General
Fundraising Expenses

2013 Annual Report is available for download.

A CFUM Endowment has been created at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines by a $10,000 Endow Iowa gift. Contact Sheila Kinman at or (515) 447-4207 to find out more about the tax benefits of donating through this fund.

Many employers have workplace giving programs that will send your donations to CFUM. Some employers even have matching donation programs as well. Ask at work if these are options for you.

If you are a government employee, you can contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign by contacting your payroll department and giving them our recipient agency number, 25133.

Giving to the United Way Campaign supports CFUM programs. United Way’s Educational Leadership Initiative is a major funder of the Whyld Girls and Backyard Boyz gender specific programming.

CFUM’s largest non-designated funding comes from the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church and from congregations within the conference. United Methodist Churches can donate to us through the Advance Special by using our agency #203.

CFUM funding also includes broad based ecumenical support from many denominations – United Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Unitarian, Presbyterian, and more –  throughout the Des Moines metro area and beyond. In recent years, ecumenical support has increased through direct involvement and financial gifts from congregations and individuals of many faiths.

If you are writing a check to CFUM be sure to mail it to P.O. Box 41125, Des Moines, IA 50311. (Do NOT use our street address to send mail.) Write in the memo line if the funds are intended for anything other than the general operations. To contribute electronically with PayPal or credit card click in the Donate Now box to the right and follow the directions you are given.

CFUM consumes large quantities of supplies in delivering our services, and has an ongoing need for many common items. Please see our listing of especially-useful Gifts in Kind.

Please check our frequently-updated listing of special immediate needs often. It lists volunteers and items for which we have a pressing need right now.

Volunteer support is absolutely critical to the operation of all CFUM programs. Without volunteers at all levels we would not be able to function. Most volunteers find the experience so rewarding they participate as much for their own benefit as to help in CFUM’s mission. Please see the Volunteering page for information on how to get involved. Once you are involved, ask your employer if they contribute financially because of the volunteer hours you contribute!

An Invitation to Donate to Workplace Giving

Many workplace campaigns take place in the fall.  The campaigns that benefit CFUM are the United Way of Central Iowa campaign for the employees of many, many businesses (United Way Des Moines), the Combined Federal Campaign for employees of the federal government (Northern Lights Combined Federal Campaign – CFUM is charity #64343), and the One Gift Campaign for employees of the state (CFUM is agency 7672). As you plan your workplace giving through the year, please remember the benefit such giving can be to the community. If you have questions about the benefit of workplace giving to CFUM, please contact Linda Danielson at or 515.282.3242.

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