Imagine a future in which your God-given gifts continue to benefit your family and faith after you’re called home to Heaven. With a charitable estate plan, your assets—things like retirement accounts, your home or land—will leave a positive, lasting impact upon the people you love, but also the congregation or ministries you care about most.
Many people don’t believe they have the wealth to leave a significant bequest to their congregation, or to create an endowment for their LCMS school. However, in today’s world, most of our assets are “non-cash.” Whether it's retirement accounts, life insurance or our home, when we leave this Earth, we often have greater blessings than we realized.
A gift plan structures how you’ll leave those assets to your loved ones in a way that often minimizes the taxes on your estate, providing an opportunity to do more with the blessings God has provided. More specifically, using financial vehicles, such as charitable remainder trusts, a gift plan often provides the same level of inheritance to your heirs while also allowing you to make a substantial gift to the ministry of your choice.
Gift plans are for everyone, as we all possess gifts from God, and even the humblest gifts can make a positive impact.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Having a gift plan in place provides numerous benefits beyond the more obvious benefits it can provide to your heirs. Those benefits include peace of mind, numerous beneficial tax savings, the chance to leave a legacy and so much more.
The LCMS Foundation has designed a simple, no-pressure process that’s far more rewarding than stressful. It starts with a call with a gift planning counselor, contains no fees of any kind, and can be started as soon as you’re ready.
The best intentions detailed in a will can be easily overruled if your non-cash assets have beneficiary designations that differ than what's listed in your will. Plus, wills or estate plans usually don’t include a charitable gift. Learn more about wills in our FAQ section.
Your process provided us the means to shape a plan that is useful now and easily flexible for the future.
Mark & Kristine
As a pastor in the LCMS, my wife and I have always desired to be faithful stewards of God’s blessings. It was refreshing to work with the LCMS Foundation to see how we can make a substantial gift to the local congregation and seminary without impacting the inheritance to our children.
Pastor Nathan Janssen
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
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
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