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By Jim Murphy
Tick-tock! It’s time to start planning your end-of-the-year giving campaign! In our latest blog, Jim Murphy, Managing Director of Endowment Management Services at ECF, reminds us of the different ways that donors can give that can be more convenient for them than cash and checks. He includes some templates and sample text that are available for download.
By Richelle Thompson
Richelle Thompson shares the story of Graeter’s ice cream’s copy editing error to make a valuable pint, uh, point, that we are quick to cast blame and slow to extend grace. This company’s act of Christian charity is an example of humility for all of us members of the “gotcha!” culture.
By Demi Prentiss
If you’ve been blessed with home ownership, have you considered how can you turn that into an asset that will benefit many others? In Turning Burdens into Blessings, Demi Prentiss explains Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, a charitable gift instrument that can benefit both you and the communities you care about.
By Ken Quigley
Most people die without a written will. Which leaves their families at the mercy of the state, which will distribute assets after death. The state will pay the lawyers first, then any taxes or creditors and finally family. If you don’t have a will, make one.
By Jim Murphy
In this blog, Jim Murphy explores the concept of congregation as family. “When someone makes a planned gift of any kind to their parish, that person raises their congregation to the level of family in their estate plans.”
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we offer five resources to help your congregation with communication challenges.
By Jason Merritt
Reaching millennials, bringing them into church life and retaining them is something many congregations have struggled with. In Engaging Millennials, Jason Merritt shares ideas on how to listen, learn and be present to build trust and have fruitful relationships with this frequently stereotyped group.
By Jim Murphy, Josh Anderson and Brad Roberts
Please join ECF to learn how tax law changes and other factors can enable you to give more to charity while also benefiting yourself. We look forward to giving you some interesting insights.
By Linda Buskirk
Three ideas on what churches might do to step up their communications, particularly the use of social media.
By Jim Murphy and Carsten Sierck
Join us to learn how your school can prepare both for the future of giving and the many changes that are coming.