’Tis the Giving Season
Let the reign of God – here and now – open your heart to a spirit of generosity and the joy of giving. May God bless you for taking seriously your membership in the Family of God.
The end of the year is fast approaching. To take advantage of the maximum allowable tax deductions for charitable giving, here are some reminders of things to do before December 31. 2018.
May the Christ Child bless you abundantly for your generosity.
Remember your parish with a special Christmas gift
Please consider a special year-end gift to help us meet basic operating expenses and to fund special projects.
Catch up on your weekly offering
About seventy-five percent (75%) of our parish income comes from the weekly collection. If you have missed a few donations during the year, now is a good time to catch up and increase your annual charitable donations. If you will be away during the Christmas holiday, please mail your contribution to the Parish Center or place it in the offertory basket in advance.
Honor a loved one with a memorial gift
A memorial gift is a meaningful way to celebrate the memory of a deceased friend or family member. Such a financial gift assists your parish while honoring someone special in your life. Be assured that the family of the deceased will be notified of your donation.
Fulfill your Together in Mission pledge
Have you completed your pledge payments to Together in Mission? Only paid pledge amounts qualify as tax deductions. If you have a pledge balance remaining, be sure it is paid in full by 12/31/2018.
Explore tax-free IRA giving
A large portion of your assets may be held in the form of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and similar retirement plans. Such funds may represent a convenient source for a year-end charitable contribution. Consult your plan administrator or other advisors for guidance.
Make a gift of securities
Gifting appreciated securities is one of the most effective means of benefiting your parish while obtaining considerable income tax advantages, depending on your circumstances. Consult your advisors for assistance.
Inquire about your employer’s Matching Gift program
Many employers offer a matching gift program for employees’ charitable donations. Such programs will match employee contributions to qualified charities. This is a great way to double your donation to your parish! Consult with your employer for applicable procedures.