Planned Giving

Please remember West End United Methodist Church in your estate planning.

The Planned Giving ministry at West End United Methodist Church encourages members to consider a gift designated for the church’s endowment. Many people have given generously so that we might have a place to come to worship God and to go forth to serve God.

Many of you have supported the ministries of this congregation for many years and would like to continue that support after you are gone. Any gift to West End United Methodist Church will assure that future generations in the church can continue to do God’s work.

Many church members would like to make large charitable gifts to West End United Methodist Church, but concerns about personal and financial security may make these gifts seem impossible. The information on this site outlines ways you can make a meaningful gift while satisfying other important financial considerations, including tax-reductions and estate protection.

Confidentiality: All planned giving discussion at West End United Methodist Church will remain confidential.

West End United Methodist Church does not counsel members on the legal and financial specifics of their estate plan. Contact Planned Giving committee chair, Christy Ivey 615-298-3312 or cwivey@wilkinsandivey.com for general information, or West End member, investment advisor and former trustee, Ken Luton 615-665-4706 discuss how to include West End United Methodist Church in your estate plan.

Opportunities to Give Now

Why now? Giving now benefits both you and West End United Methodist Church. You will receive a tax deduction in the giving year, and West End United Methodist Church Trustees will invest the gift for the church’s future immediately. Some examples of gifts you can give follow.

Cash, appreciated common stocks, or personal property gifts to West End United Methodist Church will help you avoid capital gains taxes and offer you a charitable deduction.

Real Estate provides one of the most convenient ways to make a substantial gift to the church. The donor may bypass taxable capital gains on the appreciated value of the property and can receive an immediate tax deduction. A residence can be given while the donor retains the right live on and use the property for life.

Charitable Gift Funds you set up at a mutual fund or community foundation can be directed to West End United Methodist Church (Minimum $5000)

Charitable Trust Funds you create such as a lead trust or remainder trust offer maximum flexibility. (Practical minimum $100,000)

Opportunities for Future Giving

There are many ways to make a planned gift to West End United Methodist Church in the future.

Bequests in your will are simple and name West End United Methodist Church as the recipient of a specific dollar amount or percent of your estate. If you do not have a will, please consider writing one for the benefit of your children, family, and entire estate.

Life Insurance Policies are a simple method allowing you to name West End United Methodist Church as the beneficiary and multiplying the value of the legacy.

Retirement Funds (401ks, 403bs, and IRAs) enable you to name West End United Methodist Church as a beneficiary without being subject to taxes upon distribution.

Charitable Remainder Trusts offer you and your family lifetime income while benefiting West End United Methodist Church at the conclusion.

Charitable Lead Trusts enable West End United Methodist Church to receive income from the trust for a set number of years, ultimately returning the body of the trust to you or your named beneficiaries.