Growing Generosity December 2017


Welcome to the December 2017 issue of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Our goal is to help United Methodist churches in Georgia develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use any of these “tips” in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications.

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“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

TIP #1: Honor Christ at Christmas
As we enter the sacred season of Advent and Christmas, we celebrate God's great gift of the Christ Child. As we experience the tremendous joy of God's blessings upon us, you may be looking for ways to give back and support the church and other charities that help those in need. For many, end-of-year giving can also provide tax benefits.

The most popular gift is cash, but there are many other ways to give, including gifts of stocks, bonds, securities, mutual funds, life insurance, real estate and more. For some, life income deferred gifts, donor advised funds, annuities or charitable trusts may make sense.

Act now to make certain you have accomplished your charitable goals for the year! The Georgia United Methodist Foundation can help with year-end charitable planning. Contact 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” – 1 Timothy 6:18

TIP #2: Tax benefits at year-end
As we close out 2017, remember that our U.S. tax system rewards generosity as contributions to churches and qualified charities are not taxed if you itemize. Many take advantage of this tax benefit to give even more and to give early. Consider making your January donations in December or even “pre-giving” annual tithes in December for the year to come. The church (or your favorite charity) appreciates having the funds in hand, and you receive the tax benefits earlier. A little advance planning can make your giving go even further. For more information, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” – Matthew 5:42

TIP #3: Donor Advised Funds: Prefunding Charitable Gifts
If you would like to set aside funds for charitable gifts but have not decided to whom and how much the gifts will be, a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) may be useful. Here’s how it works. You set up a DAF by giving a gift to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation for that fund. Tax benefits for the donor apply to the year the gift is given. Subsequently, you may request a distribution from the DAF to any eligible charity (as defined by IRS regulations). DAFs are not for everyone and you may need to consult a tax advisor. For more details, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or

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