6 Ways to Leave a Lasting Christian Legacy

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1. Earn Higher Returns and Support Church Growth
When you purchase 1-, 2- 3- or 4-year certificates, you will receive higher returns than similar instruments while providing the funds to support low-interest loans to United Methodist churches and ministries in Georgia. Your hard-earned savings will be used to build and strengthen faith communities where God's children will experience His unconditional love, grow in their faith, and engage in mission and outreach opportunities.

2. Evaluate Your Goals
Is God calling you to enrich your giving in a way that benefits your family while advancing the cause of Christ? Our staff is available for free confidential consultations to help you clarify your charitable giving goals. Whether you want to leave a bequest in your will, or give cash, stocks, bonds, life insurance, or real estate to your United Methodist church and favorite ministries, we will identify the benefits and tax advantages associated with each type of gift.

3. Protect Your Family by Planning Your Will
Our planned giving resources educate you on how you might plan your affairs to benefit your family, as well as your United Methodist church and favorite ministries. Your gifts can be made either immediately or as a lasting legacy from your estate. Our online "Wills Guide" makes it easy to create your plan. When you visit the "Learn About Wills" tab on our website at www.gumf.org, you will also discover videos, brochures, personal gift options and illustrations, and much more. Be sure to sign up to receive Legacy, our weekly eNewsletter featuring timely articles and impactful stories.

4. Plan Your Legacy
Have you ever dreamed of funding a ministry in perpetuity? Whether your ministry passion is providing scholarships to United Methodist students, bringing youth to Christ, making disciples, feeding the hungry, or healing the sick, you can continue to have an impact for God even after you are gone. We can help you set up a charitable endowment fund, which provides a permanent source of income to support your church's ministry programs. Consider naming this legacy gift in honor of a loved one who has had a major impact in the life of your family or church.

5. Make a Gift That Will Pay You Income for Life
Life income gifts offer an income stream to you and/or your loved ones, a charitable income tax deduction, and future support for the United Methodist causes close to your heart. We can help you determine whether a Charitable Gift Annuity, Chartiable Remainder Annuity Trust, Charitable Remainder Unitrust, or a Charitable Lead Trust is best for you.

6. Make a Gift Now and Spread Out Grants Over Time
A Donor Advised Fund managed by GUMF offers flexibility and your input on how funds will be distributed to your United Methodist church and favorite ministries. You receive an immediate income tax deducation and the opporutnity to practice philanthropy on an ongoing basis.  

For more information on leaving a lasting Christian legacy, call the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726 or 877-220-5664 or email info@gumf.org.

This article was originally published in the Winter 2016 edition of Faith & Money, a publication of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.