Resources for Stewardship and Planned Giving

Tax Reform Resources

Now that the 2017 tax reform bill has become law, the Episcopal Church Foundation recommends that donors "begin planning ahead for 2018 and beyond. As reported in the Wall Street Journal and other sources, due to the pending limits on deductions for state and local taxes for taxpayers who itemize, charitable contributions made before December 31 may be more beneficial in 2017 than in subsequent years."

 

Stewardship Resources and Guides

Annual giving, what we commonly call stewardship, is the bedrock of all church fundraising. If you are not doing stewardship effectively, then planned giving, capital campaigns and other kinds of giving will not be as successful.

Annual giving is different from all other kinds of church fundraising because it is about the personal transformation of the giver.  We are not raising money for a specific project like a building or a ministry, and we are not seeking to ensure the enduring stability of our congregation. 

By making a practice of giving away our wealth in service of the Gospel, we are actively rejecting a false idol and removing an obstacle to our relationship with God.

Annual giving is an ethic, a discipline like prayer and service and worship, that is essential to discipleship and transformational to the individual. And like the other elements of discipleship, it must be done year-round. We would never restrict prayer to three months a year, or only offer pastoral care for five weeks. Stewardship – the regular, thoughtful, prayerful commitment of earthly resources to the purposes of Christ – must be done year around.

 The resources below offer tools for year-round annual giving practices as well as stewardship seasons that last just a few weeks. For help with any of these resources, please contact Shay Craig, the associate for resource development.  

Planned Giving Resources and Guides

A planned giving program can assist church members who wish to leave a legacy that will support the future of the church and its ministries. The resources below offer tools and planned giving practices. For help with any of these resources, please contact Shay Craig, the associate for resource development.

Download a PDF with the above information.

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