& The 1829 Society
Planned Giving provides an opportunity to care for the things that matter to us even beyond our earthly lives. With your legacy gift and membership in the 1829 Society, you will embrace a forward-looking stewardship to secure the success and stability of Grace Church for generations to come.
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. These gifts are invested in an endowment, which can provide supplemental income as needed by Grace Church. The 1829 Society is an honorary society of faithful and committed supporters who have established a planned gift to fortify the long-term future of Grace Church.
You can follow the lead of those who have generously made provisions for Grace Church by:
- Designating Grace Church as a beneficiary 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. Canon Jonathan Huyck.
How to Join The 1829 Society
Once you have named Grace Church as the beneficiary of a planned gift, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a planned gift commitment form, and by completing the form you will be enrolled as a member of The 1829 Society.
The Rewards of Joining
We would like to thank you and recognize you for your legacy gift to the endowment. We believe others will be inspired by your example, though of course you can opt to keep your planned gift anonymous if you prefer.
We look forward to hosting an annual dinner each Spring to mark the anniversary of the founding of our parish, and you will be our honored guest(s).
With your permission, we will record your planned gift in the Grace Church Book of Remembrance. By allowing your name to be added, your gift will stand 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.
Many Ways to Give
Your endowment gift can be made through a simple bequest in a will, which is the most common form of planned giving.
Alternatively, you can designate Grace Church as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. Gifts of appreciated securities and real estate are also welcome, and may provide a capital gains tax savings.
Your gift to Grace Church can even be structured so that you and/or 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 or charitable gift annuities.
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 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.