Planned Giving at St. Paul’s
“...it is the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well-being of their families and of all persons to make wills, while they are in good health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses.” — Book of Common Prayer, page 445
St. Paul’s has been blessed with the stewardship of a beautiful church and campus. In order to preserve these treasures for future generations and to support the various ministries of the parish, parishioners who have enjoyed these blessings need to help provide for their maintenance, renewal, and growth, first by their financial support through the annual stewardship program and second by a gift to the endowment fund through their estate planning. Both are wonderful ways to acknowledge God’s grace and the benefits of their relationship with St. Paul’s.
Planned Giving is the integration of charitable giving with tax-advantaged estate planning both during your lifetime and at your death. Estate planning is a process that assures that the work of your lifetime will be used to support your family and the institutions that you have valued during your life. Through well-conceived Planned Giving, you can actually enhance the value of your estate for yourself, your heirs and the ministries you support.
A Word from the Arbor Society Chair
“As we age and contemplate what comes next, we realize that in our eternal life of the Spirit there will be no need for food, clothing, shelter or other property, and that we must leave it all behind. We will have made a will that first provides for family members, especially those who are needy. But, if you’ll be leaving assets beyond that, you may best be remembered for what you bequeath to St. Paul’s – it would be a personal memorial.
“It’s not complicated. A short codicil to your will can be added to include St. Paul’s. It is best if your bequest is undesignated because it is difficult to specify the needs of the church years in advance. There are, however, opportunities for special purposes. If that is something you wish to consider, please consult with the rector prior to taking any action.
“Please consider this matter seriously. We are all beneficiaries of the generosity of those who have gone before us. Now it is our turn to assure the future of St. Paul’s and the spiritual richness it will provide for generations to come.”
~ Bill Hosley