Planned Giving: stewardship rooted in faith values
Giving versus Stewardship
While Voice of Care's appeal letters may tug at your heart strings and prompt you to give, the best stewardship of God's resources is to plan out what you give to charity. The majority of your gift back to God should go to the place you call your church home. That is where you are fed and served from God's Word. That part of the Body of Christ deserves your participation in its ministry.
But after that, how does one decide where to give a sacrificial offering? There are so many fine organizations from which to choose.
One possibility is to pray and search the scripture, and allow God to suggest a theme for you. For example, God might put upon your heart the burden of caring for widows and orphans. You could direct your efforts to those organizations which minister to widows and orphans.
Another way to determine your giving targets might be to choose a mix of local, regional and global missions to spread your gift both near and far.
In another approach, some people choose to give both financially and with their time and talents. They choose to support organizations with which they can personally get involved. Voice of Care has many opportunities for you to volunteer your time.
How to Make an IRA Rollover Gift
If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to Voice of Care from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting our charitable mission.
Contact your IRA custodian to make a gift from your IRA. The IRS will treat the amount of the cash gift as if you had made a direct rollover to charity and you can then avoid federal tax on the amount of the gift.
Wills: Have you considered Voice of Care in your estate planning?
If you have not planned for a will, you are – by default - choosing to give to the government. When you plan a will, you decide how you will leave your legacy. You may choose to leave your estate to your children, but what if your children do not really need your entire estate? Have you considered including a charity in your plans? An easy method of deciding how much to give to charity through your will could be to consider the charity as another child and divide the portions accordingly. Others choose to apply the Biblical tithe (10%) to their planned giving. Any amount, whether modest or substantial, would mean a lot to the work of Voice of Care.