You have assets—things like your retirement accounts, your home or land—that you want distributed to the people and ministries you care about after you’re called home to Heaven. But did you know that, with a well-designed gift plan, you may be able to reduce the tax bill on your estate and accomplish more with your assets? With more than 60 years of experience helping LCMS members with planned giving, we know how to help you make the best gifts to your family, but also find ways to leave lasting, impactful gifts to the ministries you hold dear.
Whether you’re a pastor or leader looking to create long-term funding sources for your ministry, or an individual that wants to create an estate plan that provides for both your family and your favorite ministry, the LCMS Foundation is your expert guide.
We help ministries create funding beyond what they receive through weekly offerings or capital campaigns. Does your ministry have an endowment or reserve funds? Do your members or supporters remember your ministry within their wills or estate plans?
Having a planned giving program within your ministry helps your members and supporters create charitable estate plans—plans that help them make the most of their God-given assets. Our gift planning counselors can show them how a well-designed plan may be able to reduce the taxes on their estates, making it easier to make significant, lasting gifts to their home congregation or any LCMS ministry they cherish.
Gift planning can make a world of difference to the financial health of your ministry. Learn how the Foundation can partner with your church, school or ministry organization to establish a long-term solution that supports the work you do in Jesus’ name.
Having a gift plan in place provides benefits beyond the obvious blessing of providing for your heirs. Those benefits include peace of mind, potentially significant tax savings and the chance to create a lasting gift to your favorite ministries.
Gift planning has many options that may seem overwhelming. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you start considering the ways that gift planning can make a positive impact to your ministry or your personal stewardship.
We are thankful that we can leave a bequest to our children, and also through the Foundation’s work, make a gift to all the congregations we have served, our Concordias, and an agency we are passionate about.
Edward & Janet Krauss
We developed a plan that creates security for ourselves and our young son while furthering the work done by the church and others. Your process provided us the means to shape a plan that is useful now and easily flexible for the future.
Mark & Kristine
It was with great joy that we were able to work on our legacy for Lutheran ministries. The LCMS Foundation helped us to formulate a plan to ensure that a portion of the gifts God has given us would be used to bless others.
Charlotte & Roy
The process provided us with an easy to use form to compose a gift letter that models for our children continued ministry support after our passing as well as a personal faith statement that will be given to our children and their families upon our passing.
Cam & Janet Fuerniss
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