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Ways to Give

There are a variety of ways in which an individual can make charitable contributions to support the mission and ministry of a local church, conference initiative and UMC organization. The Council on Development can provide assistance with the following vehicles to assist the people in your church to either make charitable gifts now or as a part of their estate planning. 

Cash
Perhaps the most often used method to support the ministries of the church. The Council on Development gratefully receives gifts in any amount.
 
Appreciated Stocks and Bonds
Taxes on "capital gains" can be avoided when these long-term assets are used as gifts to help fund the VISION through the Council on Development.
 
Life-Income Gifts
A way of using property to help, while still providing for oneself. The donor names an individual(s) to receive income for life, and then the remaining amount goes to fund West Ohio's emerging VISION. One example of a life-income gift is a Charitable Gift Annuity which is a contract under which a charity, in return for a transfer of cash or other property, agrees to pay a fixed sum of money for a period measured by one or two lives to the donor or other beneficiary.
 
Estate Gifts
These may include a bequest through one's Will. Another vehicle is to name the Council on Development, West Ohio Conference (designating that the gift be distributed to the United Methodist ministry of the donor's choice) as a beneficiary of Pension Fund Assets, such as IRAs and 403s.
 
This program creates opportunity for local churches, organizations and individuals of the West Ohio Conference to place endowment funds with the Council on Development for investment and administration and accounting purposes. The Endowment Program ensures local churches, individuals and other affiliated United Methodist organizations that their funds are receiving professional investment management. The program offers the possibility of maximizing investment returns and minimizing investment expenses. Download the Endowment Program Brochure.
 
Life Insurance
Owners of life insurance can make the Council on Development the beneficiary of a policy (and perhaps the owner), the donor designates the proceeds to fund the VISION.
 
Savings Bonds
Proceeds from redeemed "E", "EE", "H" and "HH" U.S. Savings Bonds can be given as gifts.