Planned Giving Guide

Giving to The United Methodist Church can take many forms. The Georgia United Methodist Foundation encourages donors to explore ways that are best for them. Options available through planned giving offer creative alternatives that often benefit both donor and recipient.

Here are some charitable gift ideas that are simple to execute and can be used to benefit your United Methodist church or favorite ministry in Georgia. Before making a final decision, please consult with your professional financial advisor or contact the Foundation at 770.449.6726, 877.220.5664 or


Your Goal 

Type of Gift 

 How to Give


Make a quick and simple gift

Appreciated Securities

Transfer stock or mutual funds to your church
Donor avoids capital gains taxes and receives an income tax deduction; church sells shares tax-free. 
Avoid capital gains tax on the sale of a home or other real estate.   Appreciated Real Estate

Donate property to your church.

Immediate income tax deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax. 
Make a gift that allows flexibility and your input on how funds will be distributed. 


Donor Advised Fund



Create an agreement whereby the Foundation manages the assets; you and/or family members advise the Foundation regarding charitable disbursements.  Immediate income tax deduction, flexibility and an opportunity to practice philanthropy on a regular basis.

Make a significant gift with little cost to yourself.  Life Insurance

Designate your church as a beneficiary.
Future gift to church.

Give your personal residence or farm, but continue to live there.   Retained Life Estate

Designate the ownership of your home to your church, but retain occupancy.   Charitable income tax deduction and lifetime use of your home. 
Avoid taxation on retirement plan assets.
Retirement Plan

Name your church as beneficiary of the remainder of the assets after your lifetime.   Avoidance of heavily taxed gift to heirs.




 Your Goal 

 Type of Gift 

  How to Give


Defer a gift until after your lifetime.

Bequest in Will

Leave your legacy and remind loves ones of your faith by tithing part of your estate to the church. A bequest can be a specific amount or asset, or a percentage of your estate. A residual bequest assigns the amount left in the estate after all other distributions have been made. Your estate receives a tax deduction. The church receives your gift when the estate is settled.

Make a deferred gift, maintain access to assets, avoid probate.

Living Trust

Donor places assets into a trust; retains control during lifetime. Foundation becomes trustee upon death of the donor, and makes distributions as directed by donor. Privacy, flexibility, control of trust for lifetime, possible estate tax savings.




 Your Goal 

 Type of Gift 

  How to Give


Supplement income with fixed annual payments.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Enter into a contract with the Foundation. Foundation pays you fixed payments for life and distributes remainder to church and other charitable beneficiaries. Charitable income tax deductions, fixed annuity payments for life (portion tax-free), future gift to church.

Supplement income with fixed annual payments.  Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
Create a charitable trust that pays you a fixed income.  Charitable income tax deduction, fixed income for life, future gift to church.
Create a hedge against inflation over the long term.    Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Create a trust that pays you a percentage of the trust's assets, valued annually.  Immediate income tax deduction, annual income for life that has potential to increase. 
Reduce gift and estate taxes on assets passing to heirs.

Charitable Lead Trust

Create a trust that pays a fixed or variable income to your church or ministry for a set period of time, then passes to heir.  Reduces size of taxable estate; keeps property in family, often with reduced gift taxes.


The purpose of this guide is to provide general gift, estate and financial planning information. State laws govern wills, trusts and charitable gifts made in a contractual agreement. Advice from legal counsel should be sought when considering these types of gifts. Watch for tax revisions. Some types of gifts may not be available in all states. Check with your professional advisor.