Annual Pledge or Gift
Consistent with the philosophy that current members support current needs, annual pledge or gift income provides 75% of the revenue for the annual budget. Westminster invites all members to make regular commitments to the church by pledging each year, allowing the church to plan and manage most effectively. You are invited to consider taking steps toward the biblical tithe (10% of income) and/or, to begin a regular ‘generosity practice’ by setting up direct transfer from your bank account. Make a pledge OR an online contribution.
Great Ideas for Year-End Generosity
As you plan year-end giving, consider these ideas: 1) Appreciated stock makes an excellent gift because long-term gains are not taxed, and the gift is generally deductible from income tax. Click for instructions. 2) IRA giving: If you’re over 70 ½, give from your IRA without having to pay income tax on the contribution. This can help satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution. Note: Please consult with your financial adviser before you take action. 3) Checks or online contributions are easy and may be eligible for a federal tax deduction.
Major gifts are usually made in response to a special project or campaign, for example, the 150th Anniversary Campaign (which expanded mission, restored the chapel and other spaces, and strengthened the endowment), and the current the Open Doors Open Futures Capital Campaign.
Many members and friends of Westminster extend their financial support in perpetuity to future generations through a Legacy Gift in their wills, trusts, or estate plans, or with other types of life income or outright gifts. Because of Legacy Gifts, Westminster’s ability to fulfill its mission is greatly enhanced. Learn more.