Bequests, Planned Giving & The 1829 Society

Founded in 1829, Grace Church is the vibrant spiritual community it is today because of the foresight and generosity of generations of those who have worshiped here before us.

Many of their gifts are invested in an endowment, from which investments can provide supplemental income as needed by Grace Church.

You can follow the lead of those who have generously made provisions for the future generations of Grace Church by:

  • Designating Grace Church in your will or trust
  • Making a gift of stock or real estate
  • Making a life-income or other planned gift now, which may lower your current tax liability while providing you with retirement or investment income.

For more information please contact our rector, The Rev. Jonathan Huyck.

The 1829 Society

The 1829 Society of Grace Church was created to encourage giving to God, to invite you to give witness to God’s abundance in your life, and to honor the loving faithful who assure and sustain the ministries of Grace Church.

The Society’s purpose is to encourage, support, and celebrate gifts made to our endowment. With a gift of any size, you may direct the income to an area of specific interest to you.

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted gifts provide important income to support Grace Church’s annual operating budget including our lovely worship services, pastoral care, our renowned music program, important downtown outreach ministries, building maintenance, active youth groups, and Christian education.

Restricted Gifts

Restricted gifts support specific ministries. In the past, generous members have left gifts for our special programming, upkeep of our magnificent church building, our acclaimed music program, and to help the poor as well as parishioners facing financial hardship.

The Benefits are Many

Your endowment gift may be made through a bequest in a will and your estate will be subject to federal estate tax benefits for the full value of your gift. You may also want to consider designating Grace Church as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy.

While gifts of cash are most welcome, gifts of appreciated securities and real estate can often provide even greater benefit to you through capital gains tax savings.

Your gift to Grace Church may be structured so that you and your spouse receive an income from the gift for life, with the principal going to Grace Church thereafter. Such life income gifts are made through the use of charitable trusts, pooled income funds and charitable gift annuities.

The Rewards of Joining

Your deep commitment and strong support of Grace Church throughout the years have enabled us to foster an environment where the mission and ministries of Grace Church continue to be lived each and every day. Tomorrow’s gifts are equally important as they convey our deepest commitments and allow for the future of our Church.

With your permission, your name will be entered on The Grace Church 1829 Society commemorative plaque that hangs in the foyer and added to The Grace Church 1829 Society member list posted on these web pages. By allowing your name to be added, your gift will stand quietly as a witness to this and to future generations. You will have looked beyond this life and “planted a tree that will bear fruit in due season.” Psalm 1:3

The greatest reward comes, however, from knowing that you recognized the importance of God in your life and you gave powerful witness of that love with a gift of yourself.