The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect and give thanks for the many ways God has enriched our life. Sometimes gifts at year-end are lump sum contributions to complete a pledge or long term commitment. Some offerings at year-end are second-mile gifts or memorial gifts. A gift above and beyond your regular contribution can help the church fulfill its mission commitments and serve the Kingdom of God more abundantly. To honor a loved one or to honor the memory of a loved one with a gift to your church is a very appropriate and meaningful way to give thanks for that person and celebrate their life during the holiday season. Additionally, since tax laws intentionally encourage charitable giving, individuals who itemize their deductions can further reduce income taxes for 2014 if a gift is made by December 31.
Where Do We Stand at Year End?
We have received 92% of our pledged amount for 2014. There are only twenty-five days remaining, so please be sure to complete your pledge or go the extra mile before the end of the year.
What Can I Give?
- Gifts of Cash: This is the simplest and most flexible way to make a gift. If you use cash, be sure to us an offering envelope with your name so your gifts will be credited to you on your yearly statement. If you write a check it must be dated 2014 and postmarked or received by December 21, 2014.
Online Giving: You can now give online with your credit or debit card. Go to www.christgreensboro.org/giving and click on the green “Giving” button to begin your transaction.
Gifts of Appreciated Securities: You could receive a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the assets on the date of the gift and avoid federal capital gains tax that would otherwise be due on the sale of the asset. Check with your tax advisor to determine if a gift of securities is right for you. If you are considering transfer of stock, the stock needs to be transferred by December 19 to allow for the sale of the stock and processing of the check so it is received in the church office by December 31.
Gifts From a Will: A bequest is an excellent way to “leave a legacy” to your church as a statement of your faith and priorities. If you already have a will, a simple codicil is all that is required to make a bequest. Please notify the Business Manager if you plan to make a bequest from you will.