God Calls us to be Regifters!
We invite you to a life of generosity!
We know what generosity looks like, hopefully we learned this concept when we were fairly young –maybe you remember that time your sibling offered you that last cookie out of the cookie jar, or maybe it was that time a dear friend extended an offer of a helping hand when you didn’t have the courage to ask! Maybe it was that hand-written note or text you received with the exact words you needed to hear at that moment! Or maybe it was the gift of knowing your faith community was praying for you and it brought you a sense of peace during a very anxious time. If we seem to know what generosity looks like –why do we tend to struggle to give what we’ve been given?
A global pandemic, unprecedented division in our country and world, and financial uncertainty for many—our first human inclination might be to turn inward and cause us to struggle. However, the God who created the stars and paints the sky with rainbows continues to lead us –calling us to live out the mission God has called us to at 1145 N. 5th Ave, St. Charles, Illinois and beyond!
Making a Difference in your Offerings
Gifts of Appreciated Securities: Did you know that you can contribute appreciated securities tax-free to Bethlehem? Securities that have appreciated in value may be donated to Bethlehem, and you pay no capital gains tax on the securities you donate. Bethlehem sells your securities and uses the proceeds for its mission and ministry. Because Bethlehem has its own brokerage account, we can provide a seamless process to accept in-kind transfers of securities such as common stock, mutual funds, and Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s). By transferring to Bethlehem, the securities are not sold until they reach Bethlehem’s brokerage account. The full amount is then tax free and allows you to potentially use the full amount as a charitable donation/deduction on your tax return making this a win/win situation. Please consider this as part of your year-end tax planning and for future years as well.
Required Minimum IRA Distributions (RMD’s): Why not save yourself the tax? Many individuals are required to withdraw funds from their retirement accounts as a required minimum distribution (RMD) in the year their age reaches 70 ½. As part of a simple tax planning tool, you can use part of your RMD to fulfill your offerings to Bethlehem, whether as part of your annual giving strategy, as a one-time contribution, or anytime during the year. IRS rules allow for what is known as a “qualified charitable distribution”. The impact of these distributions is TAX FREE and, at the same time, could generate additional benefits on your tax return. This is especially true for those who cannot deduct their annual giving as a charitable contribution. If you have any questions, or have an interest in pursuing either of these topics, please phone or email Heather Feltman at (630) 584-2199, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.