Ways to Give


Gift Pledges

St. John’s Episcopal Church welcomes your gift through a pledge — a formal statement of intention to make a gift to the Cornerstone of Faith capital campaign. With a pledge, you may complete your gift by making regular payments over up to five years, allowing you to give more generously than you originally may have considered. What is more, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction.

Outright Gifts

An outright gift may be made in accordance with the gift acceptance policy. When you make an outright gift to St. John’s Episcopal Church, your contribution can be put to work to help us implement our master plan for our buildings and programs. An outright gift may be composed of almost any asset of value:

  • Cash gifts — the simplest and easiest gifts you can make — can be made through outright cash, or personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
  • Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds also provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to St. John’s Episcopal Church before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on their sale.

If you wish to transfer stocks from a broker’s account:

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church has accounts with major brokerage firms. Have your broker call St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Minister for Parish Administration for further details and information.
  • Physical stock certificates may be sent by certified mail or overnight express, with endorsement on the back of the certificate(s) exactly as stated on the face of the certificate(s). Do not fill in any other blanks. No stock power is necessary as long as you do not fill in the church’s name on the back.
  • You also may make a gift of mutual funds, and, under certain circumstances, non-marketable stock, or closely held stock. Contact St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Minister for Parish Administration for information about giving these types of securities.
  • Gifts of real estate — including personal residences, second homes, income property, and vacant land — offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits. Whereas most people give their entire interest away, it is also possible to give only a portion of the property (an undivided percentage interest) while retaining the rest for other purposes.

Planned Gifts

A gift from your estate can be counted in the campaign. To learn about deferred or planned gifts, including bequests, trusts, life-income plans, and other options for your estate, please contact St. John’s Episcopal Church Minister for Parish Administration.

Life Insurance

Life insurance policies can be used to make a gift to the campaign. The donor must make the institution the owner and sole irrevocable beneficiary of the policy and the value of the gift will be the cash value of the policy at the time of transfer.

NOTE: All gifts will be evaluated in accordance with the St. John’s Episcopal Church gift acceptance policy.