Ways to Give

Grace United Methodist Church depends on the generosity of its members and friends who believe in our mission to work with all generations to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. We believe that sharing in this mission through financial generosity is itself a means of God’s grace. We are indeed, made in the image of a God who is extravagantly generous. When we give of ourselves and our resources the image of God shines in us – changing us, the giver, as well as those who receive our generosity.

 

Below are some ways to give, beginning with the simple and immediate, and moving toward other options that take a little thought and planning. Whether you are making a one time contribution as a friend of this ministry or whether you are committed, regular contributor, we say, “Thank you, and may God richly bless you as you live a life of generosity.”

Online Giving

This option allows you to give via credit or debit card or bank draft. You can also set up recurring gifts and control the amount and timing of your gifts. Click here to make your gift.

 

Text to Give

In your phone messaging app, enter 904-717-4772 as the number, and the dollar amount you want to give in the message area, then send. Your donation will be sent to the church and you will receive a confirmation.

 

Electronic “Bill Pay”

Most banks and credit unions have a free “bill pay” option that allows you to set up one time or recurring payments (in this case contributions) to the organization of your choice.  This option allows you to schedule your donations for consistency – both a benefit to you and the church. The church address is Grace United Methodist Church 8 Carrera Street St Augustine FL 32084

Sunday Offering

Giving is part of worship for many people who prefer to participate in the act of offering. Checks and cash are collected during the worship services during the offering or a place for donating will be indicated.

 

Making an Annual Pledge

If you would like to contribute on a regular basis to our operating budget, you may want to consider making a pledge for the 2019 fiscal year. Making a pledge is a spiritual practice as you spend time in prayer and planning about how you will give to God from the “first fruit” (rather than the leftovers) of your income. Making a pledge also helps our Committee on Finance and Church Council better budget and plan for ministry in the coming year. Click here to find the 2019 pledge form.

 

Stock or Securities

Stock or security donations have a key tax element that makes them attractive for donors. If you have purchased a stock, held it for more than a year, and it has appreciated in value, when donating it you get a tax deduction for the stock value on the donation date. The church wins with your generous donation and you win with a tax deduction which is greater than your out of pocket cost of the stock. Contact Pamela Noble to get details and transfer information.

Required Minimum Distributions

If you are over 70 and a half years old, and have a Traditional IRA, you probably know about these. The IRS requires that you withdraw a certain amount each year from your account and include it in your taxable income. However, if you specify the distribution amount to be directly sent to the church instead, and the distribution is a qualified charitable distribution (“QCD”) (meaning the distribution is from deductible contributions you made to your IRA and the earnings), then the distribution is not included in your taxable income and it counts toward your required minimum distribution for the year. You do not have to itemize deductions in order to receive this tax benefit. The maximum annual exclusion for QCDs is $100,000 per person per year. Contact Pamela Noble or Rich Bevilacqua if you have any questions.

 

Donor Advised Funds

Many brokerage firms (including Schwab, Fidelity and Vanguard) can set up a Charitable Donor Advised Fund for you. When you move assets like stocks, bonds or cash to this fund you get a tax deduction immediately, but you don’t have to decide immediately where to donate. Once you decide what charities you want to support (and this could be in a tax year after you establish the fund) you simply give instructions to disburse your gifts from it to the charities you support. Contact Pamela Noble or Rich Bevilacqua if you have any questions.

 

 

Beneficary Designations

Not everyone wants to commit to making a gift in their will or estate. Some prefer the increased flexibility that a beneficiary designation provides by using IRAs and retirement plans, Life insurance policies, or Commercial annuities.  It only takes three simple steps to make this type of gift. Here's how to name Grace UMC as a beneficiary:

1. Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form.

2. Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like us to receive and name us, along with the percentage you choose, on the beneficiary form.

3. Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.

If you name Grace UMC in your plans, please use our legal name, address and federal tax ID number. Grace United Methodist Church, 8 Carrera Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Federal Tax Number: # 59-3532125.

Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary.

Wills and Trusts

In as little as one sentence, you can make a gift to Grace United Methodist Church in your will or living trust to help ensure that we continue our mission for years to come.

“I give to Grace United Methodist Church, Inc., St. Augustine, Florida, a Florida not for profit corporation currently located at 8 Carrera Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

 

 

Create a Legacy

The Grace United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund is funded through direct donations, planned charitable gifts such as bequests and trusts, and investment appreciation. The Grace United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund donations are the gifts that keep on giving. Your gift can have an impact on your favorite ministry area in the years to come. For more information Contact Pamela Noble or Rich Bevilacqua if you have any questions.