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Gifts & Financial Support

Everyone is a philanthropist

Dr. Aimée Laramore remembers when, while working for a nonprofit, she received her first six-figure gift for the organization.

Be ready to receive planned gifts with policies, procedures

In 2020, 28% of all charitable gifts went to religious institutions, said the Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, the Presbyterian Foundation’s Ministry Relations Officer for the Allegheny and Chesapeake Region. Only 8% of Americans gave bequests to a church.

Stewardship is a discipline and a covenant

What happens when we rethink our paradigms of stewardship? Do we give out of obedience, or out of abundance? Do we tithe out of obligation, or do we share out of gratitude? These were just a few of questions that Dr. Deborah Rexrode, associate for stewardship for the Presbytery of the James, posed to her workshop attendees in the session that she led entitled “Giving as a Spiritual Discipline” at the 2021 Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference Sept. 14.

Planned giving is the opportunity of a lifetime

Talking about death is difficult. Yet planned giving, especially in congregational contexts, can clarify what’s important to us and how that can benefit others long after we’re gone.

Endowment workshop lays out the principles that guide the gifts

Church leaders often say they want their church to have an endowment. And while that’s good, churches need to be prepared to dig a little deeper and answer some core questions as they establish an endowment, says Olanda Carr Jr., Senior Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation.

Why we can all celebrate ‘Father’s Day’

A time to especially honor the One who gave us life and gives us life eternal By Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service The first time I served as an adult advisor at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium — that storied gathering of nearly 5,000 exuberant and excited high-school youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)… Read more »

Day of Learning concludes with guidance for church budgeting

The final session of the Presbyterian Foundation Day of Learning last week focused its attention on “Practical Tips for Church Budgeting.” Presented by Olanda Carr, Jr., East Region Ministry Relations Officer, and the Rev. Dr. Jonah So, Minister of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the workshop provided tools to help churches and their leadership build and present budgets that tell a compelling story of the ministries in which they engage.