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What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving refers to financial or other material donations designated to a congregation in advance as part of a donor’s overall lifetime and testamentary giving. Planned gifts have tax implications and are most often transmitted through a will, trust or annuity.

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Center for Congregations Director Wendy McCormick explains how the gift acceptance policy is crucial to planned giving and fundraising.

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Beyond Fundraising covers all aspects of congregational stewardship and fundraising in short, practical chapters. It targets Unitarian congregations and assumes that tradition’s governance, but the...

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This fundraising company, based in Arkansas, has a staff of consultants who provide a wide range of strategic ministry and stewardship planning services, led by Dr. J. Clif Christopher, United...

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This is a very practical resource from the United Church of Christ, designed to help congregational leaders develop and manage a congregational Planned Giving ministry. It includes key information...

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Written for an Episcopal Church audience, this thorough guide to stewardship as it’s been practiced has relevance for other denominations as well, particularly as it considers what the future might...

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The Christian Stewardship Network was developed by stewardship ministers of large membership churches, with a mission to “…connect stewardship pastors and leaders and help them be the absolute best...

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Integrating stewardship into worship can be a challenge, and David Mosser has compiled some outstanding resources to help congregations focus on this aspect of their worship and life together....

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The Ecumenical Stewardship Center is a large Christian-based network organized for the purpose of growing stewards for congregations. Its primary focus is to grow and equip Christian leaders using...

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Luther Seminary’s extensive online database of stewardship resources includes articles, reviews of books and films, bible studies, and resources for worship, including sermons. Robust theological...

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Beginning from the premise that in order to be fruitful, all ministry must be clearly grounded in a consistent theological worldview, this short e-book offers a very readable theological reflection...

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Offering a variety of studies, interactive lessons, and content for worship, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod’s Stewardship Ministry is a good foundation for stewardship education and...

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The Church of the Nazarene provides many resources for congregational stewardship activities, from models for teaching all age groups, to comprehensive themed kits for annual campaigns and sermon...

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This four-day conference is sponsored by the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC), a ministry of the Roman Catholic Church. “ICSC is the only organization dedicated exclusively to...

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This short book, designed for use as a reference, provides lectionary resources tied to stewardship, for the design of rich worship and preaching that engages the congregation on these issues,...

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"Two things are true of congregations," writes Kennon Callahan in this classic book on stewardship. "Congregations never have enough money.” And “Congregations have all the money they really need...

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The need to raise money can act as a catalyst for thinking about a congregation’s purpose. Pastor and author Tony Robinson has created a book that can be used by congregations to connect purpose...

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The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) names its own purpose as “inspiring generosity and faithful discipleship.” TENS provides training for clergy, seminarians, lay leaders, and...

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There are many books on the topic of generosity and financial stewardship for congregations, including several good ones by Scott McKenzie and his colleagues at Horizon Stewardship. This book...

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The topic of stewardship encompasses more than money, but this panel discussion by preachers, teachers and denominational leaders focuses on the financial aspect because it is the area preachers...

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Part of Zondervan’s “Biblical Theology of Life” series, this book offers an evangelical theological framework for understanding Christian approaches to wealth, stewardship, and responsibility....

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The founder of Horizons Stewardship Company, Clif Christopher, presents this highly readable invitation to congregations to reconsider how they do fundraising. This is not a book about tithing, the...

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