How To Give (2017)
How to Give
Financial Giving is a spiritual practice. While our time is valuable, and the way we spend our money is directly connected to what we value, Holy Scripture teaches giving is a response to and in gratitude for the experience of God's generous and saving grace. In other words, we give generously because we have been given to generously.
Generous giving by parishioners is the only means by which the church receives the financial resources necessary to carry out her mission. Your financial support makes it possible for St. John's to keep our commitment to celebrate the Sacraments, to educate, and to meet increased needs locally and in the world around us.
There are many options for Giving:
Annual Pledging/Annual Giving
At St. John's, we depend on regular donations to meet our annual operating expenses and to support our programs. The majority of these donations are made as pledges and are paid in regular installments. Your pledge is critical to us because the total pledge figure is used as the basis for planning the coming year, and for the development of our operating budget. We will gladly welcome a new pledge at any time of the year.
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Distributions from IRAs
Tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) can benefit St. John’s.
The IRS requires that individuals age 70½ and older take minimum distributions from their IRA or other non-Roth retirement plan accounts. In 2015, Congress passed permanent legislation allowing tax-free qualified charitable distributions of up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account ("IRA") to a church or other charity. See your tax accountant or financial advisor for more information.
This type of giving can take a variety of forms. The simplest and best known is a bequest to the church in the donor's will. Other forms include Life Insurance, Charitable Gift Annuities, and Undisbursed Retirement Assets.
As part of sound financial planning, all parishioners are encouraged to have a will. St. John's hopes that its members will consider contributing to the ongoing Christian mission of the church at their passing, just as they have during their lives. St. John's Episcopal Church can be named as beneficiary on insurance policies or as a recipient of undisbursed retirement assets. The church can also be a partner in a Charitable Gift Annuity wherein the donor receives regular income during his or her life from the principal, with any remaining principal left to the church upon the donor's death.
These and other planned giving arrangements can have substantial tax benefits for the donor and the donor's estate. Those who wish to include St. John’s in their will, or to contribute through other types of planned giving, are urged to contact the church, either directly or through their attorney, to ensure that their wishes are clear and that the details of an eventual legal transfer of estate assets are properly arranged. For more information, please click here.
When a church member dies, the church often receives donations in memory of that member. The church can help by providing a list of possible projects for the family's consideration. These options are intended to make possible a comforting and appropriate use of the received gifts consistent with the life of the deceased member and the wishes of the survivors. For more information, please email Karen Mayer.
Gifts and Donations
On occasion, someone may choose to make a one-time gift to the church. Such gifts are tax deductible, and we will be happy to provide you with a tax receipt. If a gift is not designated for a particular purpose, it will support the church's current operating fund. Please email Karen Mayer for more information.