• Fulfilling your Wishes: End of Life Planning
    Webinars
    Few things are more important than making certain that your assets are distributed as you wish at your death, or ensuring the kind of funeral/memorial service you would desire. It is also crucial that loved ones know how you want to be cared for medi…
  • Building a Legacy
    Vestry Papers
    Sometimes, the obstacle to creating an endowment is simply, “we don’t have the money.” In “Building a Legacy,” Demi Prentiss shares the story of how a smaller church, made smaller by a church split, found a way to build a legacy for future …
  • Building Trust and Encouraging More Planned Gifts
    Webinars
    One of the biggest obstacles to making a planned gift to a parish or Episcopal institution is the lack of trust in its leadership or its ability to handle gifts properly. Making a planned gift raises your parish or institution to the ‘level of fami…
  • I don’t have enough money to make a planned gift!
    Webinars
    How much money is “enough” for a planned gift? Is your congregation reluctant to start a planned giving program because your parishioners ‘just don’t have enough money’? Please join Jim Murphy to discuss the real opportunities that exist in…
  • Discovering a Sense of the Future
    Vital Posts
    Why do relatively few parishes mount capital campaigns or have planned giving programs? Well, it is very difficult to work toward a goal you don’t think is possible. It is impossible to work toward a goal you don’t even believe exists. …
  • Choosing a Planned Giving Shepherd for your Church
    Webinars
    Selecting the best person(s) to lead your planned giving efforts is an important step in building and sustaining your program. Please join us as we review qualities your congregation or Episcopal entity should be seeking in a volunteer for this vital…
  • Planned Giving in Your Episcopal School
    Webinars
    Planned gifts made to your school could be transformational in securing funds for scholarships, building endowments and new facilities, and empowering your future. However, many Episcopal schools find it difficult to get started due to a lack of unde…
  • Making a Planned Gift to Your Parish
    Webinars
    Which planned gift is best for you and your family? Join us to learn more about planned giving options and how they can benefit both you and your parish or favorite Episcopal charity. Planned or legacy giving is an important aspect of your personal s…
  • Vital Practices Digest: 5 Resources for Planned Giving
    Vital Posts
  • Gifts: Thank You But????
    Vital Posts
    What do you do when a gift received may not be the right fit? With Christmas comes an ethos of increased giving in our country. Hearts are opened wide and the spirit of giving is encouraged. Yet, how many of us have opened a present to find tha…
  • Starting Planned Giving from Scratch
    Tools
    Is there a sure-fire way to set up a planned giving effort from scratch in a congregation? While there's no magic bullet, Jim Murphy, ECF's managing program director for financial resources, recommends these basic steps.
  • Are We Prepared to Receive?
    Vital Posts
    How an invitation or gift is received can be a telling indicator…. I live in small city. The other night I was coming out of a restaurant with some girl friends and found a wallet on the ground near my car. I looked inside and found a cell pho…
  • Our “Money Life”
    Your Turn
    How does my money life influence how I live out my Baptismal Covenant?
  • Legacy and Generosity
    Vestry Papers
    That idea of legacy as the way we live, not simply the things we leave, is fundamental to our Christian understanding of generosity. What are the practices you are living forward and what do you understand about practice, generosity and legacy by loo…
  • Noises Off
    Vital Posts
    One of my favorite stage devices is the unseen character, the person who has a significant role in plot and play but is never seen by the audience. Today I am thinking about the householder in the parable of the talents. Without him, there is no…
  • Planning for the End of Life
    Tools
    In the Episcopal Church we believe that your estate and end of life plans should reflect your values. The following ECF resource contains three sections: the medical directive, planning your funeral and writing your will.
  • Planned Giving: Promoting Planned Gifts
    Tools
    Use these letters and brochures to promote your planned giving program - either customize to your needs, or use them "as is" to get started right away.
  • Closing the Planning Gap
    Vestry Papers
    As we begin a new year, perhaps you are trying to decide, once again, what resolutions might bring you health and peace. One goal might be to close the planning gap. Or, put another way, this may be the year to finally address end of life issues for …
  • Creating a Legacy Society
    Tools
    A Legacy Society is not only a great way to encourage planned gifts, but a way for those who provide for the church to witness to their faith. Here's how to create an informational brochure and enrollment form.
  • How to Plan a "Final Affairs" Fair
    Tools
    Does your parish have a planned giving program? Learn how one parish used the church fair model to breathe life (pun intended) into their planned giving program.
  • Using the Tools of ECF's Planned Giving on Demand
    Webinars
    Please join us as we review some of the main tools of Planned Giving on Demand, including sample articles, booklets, and brochures. And, review the best webinars and other tools to use for potential donors and for training new leaders to help make yo…
  • Legacy Societies and Your Planned Giving Ministry
    Webinars
    Learn how a legacy society will enhance and empower your congregation's planned giving ministry. ECF staff and representatives from parishes with active legacy societies will discuss how legacy societies have made an impact in their congregations. Pr…
  • Basics of Planned Giving
    Webinars
    This webinar focuses on the basics of planned giving, how it differs from annual stewardship and capital campaigns, how your parish can build endowment through life income gifts, and you will have a plan of action by the end of the web conference. We…
  • Integrating Annual, Capital & Planned Giving
    Webinars
    If you worry about “always asking for money” in your congregation, this webinar is for you. Far from competing for the same dollars, annual, capital, and planned giving programs should complement each other to build vibrant current ministries whi…
  • Charitable Gift Annuities: 2013 Successes and Plan
    Webinars
    ECF hosts quarterly webinars that focus on relevant topics for Planned Giving and Development Leaders. This webinar focused on charitable gift annuities and featured insights from Craig Bossi, ECF’s VP of Finance, Joanne T. Pipkin, Principal, State…
  • Legacy Societies and Your Planned Giving Ministry
    Webinars
    Learn how a legacy society will enhance and empower your congregation's planned giving ministry. Jim Murphy and representatives from parishes with active legacy societies will discuss how legacy societies have made an impact in their congregations.
  • Making a Planned Gift to Benefit Your Congregation
    Webinars
    Join other parishioners just like you to learn more about planned giving options and how they can benefit both you and your congregation. Planned or legacy giving is an important aspect of your stewardship and can take many different forms such as a …
  • Basics of Planned Giving
    Webinars
    This web conference focuses on the basics of planned giving, how it differs from annual stewardship and capital campaigns, how your parish can build endowment through life income gifts, and you will have a plan of action by the end of the web confere…
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