Although the church finance committee may wish that the congregation members would provide gifts in twelve equal monthly installments, that is not how most people behave. Church giving ebbs and flows over the course of the year, and the last quarter of the year is usually when giving hits its peak.
Therefore, now is the time to offer reminders and to make sure your church members are inspired and know their gifting options and opportunities. “With the widespread use of online giving, stock ownership, and the new IRA rollover gifts, there are more ways than ever for folks to respond to that spirit of generosity and your church’s year-end appeal,” states David Atkins, executive director of the Missouri UM Foundation. The Foundation provides information, assistance, and free brochures on a variety of gift topics.
“We have a new pamphlet and brochure to help churches get the word out about the new IRA gifting rules,” Atkins explains, “along with the 2016 version of the popular Giving Thanks at Year-end brochure.” Also new this year is a brochure describing how some farmers can make gifts of grain that offer special tax savings.
“Churches can order as many brochures as they need for a congregation-wide mailing or to tuck into a newsletter or bulletin,” Atkins states. Brochures can be viewed at the Foundation website, and orders can be placed online or by calling the Foundation office at 800-332-8238. Orders are encouraged by early November in order to allow time for production, shipping and use.
A simple, timely reminder can sometimes make the difference between a completed gift and a good intention. The Foundation office makes it easy.