What is Planned Giving?

Planned Giving is a way to support Plymouth Congregational Church of Lawrence, Kansas in the future through arrangements you make today utilizing a planned gift.

A planned gift to your church is an expression of you and your family's values and commitment to Christian Stewardship. It is a way of saying that after your family and loved ones, these are the causes that matter most, and providing for them is important to you. A gift from your estate to Plymouth Congregational Church strengthens our endowment and sustains God’s mission through the ministry of the Church – a lasting legacy and powerful response to God’s generosity.

Planned gifts are planned for during the donor’s lifetime but not realized by the beneficiary until the donor’s death. There are many other ways to plan a gift. There are gifts that pay you income during your lifetime and gifts that help reduce or avoid income and estate taxes. How you make your gift is important, but more important is the impact your planned gift will have on the causes that matter to you most.

This site is designed to make it easy for you to get the information you need when considering a planned gift. You will also find information to share with your financial advisor and/or estate planner. When you are ready, you can use this site to reach out to us to share your plans, let us know what you are considering, or just to start a confidential, no-obligation conversation about what’s possible.

Why Give?

A planned gift is an expression of you and your family's values. It's a way of saying that after your family and loved ones, these are the causes that matter most and providing for them is important to you. A planned gift is important to Plymouth Congregational Church, too. These gifts help strengthen our endowment and sustain our mission.

Why You Should Build Your Plymouth Congregational Church Legacy

We are the beneficiaries of our predecessors, who had the vision to design and build a church that has provided space for worship, education, and mission for nearly 150 years.

However, the need for financial support to maintain and enhance our historic building and its mission and ministries is great. One way to ensure Plymouth’s ministry remains viable now and in the future, is through planned giving.

Planned giving is a way to share your blessings beyond your lifetime through a variety of charitable giving options, which are described here.

We encourage you to reflect upon what Plymouth’s faith community has meant to you and your family, as well as your vision for its future. We hope you will consider a gift that will support Plymouth Congregational Church.

What Matters Most

Your well-considered planned gift can make an impact on a specific area of need. Consider directing your planned gift to these core missions and ministries or directing your planned gift as an unrestricted gift to Plymouth Congregational Church.

  • Our beloved building was completed in 1870 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. Gifts to this fund will support building preservation, maintenance and other improvements to meet societal and technological changes.

  • Youth are the future of Plymouth and our community! Your gift to this fund will support education, youth service trips and other youth programs for both current and future generations.

  • Plymouth’s mission outreach includes local, national and international activities. Your gift to this fund will support programs such as the Community Children’s Center/Head Start program, Family Promise and the Plymouth Language Program.

  • Music is an essential part of our spiritual experience. Directing your gift to our music and fine arts fund will help support talented Ministers of Music and Fine Arts and enable us to continue to provide inspirational programs.

  • A gift to this fund will help support our pastors’ ministry and provide staff development opportunities. It will also assist with support for church members preparing for ordained ministry.

  • Gifts designated as unrestricted are vital to the long-term health of Plymouth Church. As society changes and community needs shift, it is essential that Plymouth have the flexibility to respond accordingly, pursuant to the direction of the church council and the congregation.

How to Give

As a donor, you have total discretion over your planned gift; what to give, how to give, and its purpose. There are planned gifts you can designate in a Will or trust, or that will provide income to you and/or a beneficiary for their lifetime.

Gifts from your Will

Through a provision in your written and executed Will or living trust, you can make a planned gift (or an outright gift) to Plymouth in the form of cash, securities, real estate or personal property. There are many types of bequests. Consult with your attorney to choose the one that best fits your needs and intentions.

Download Bequest Language

Gifts that Pay You
Charitable Gift Annuities 

You can turn underperforming or non-income producing assets (cash, stock, CDs, savings bonds, etc.) into a gift to Plymouth that provides income to you or you and a loved one. (One example of several available options is a Gift Annuity.) Your UCF Charitable Gift Annuity will return fixed, quarterly payments for life and provide tax benefits, too.

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Beneficiary Gifts
Retirement Accounts and other Funds 

Naming Plymouth as the beneficiary or one of the beneficiaries of a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA, 401(k), or 403(b) plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing a significant tax savings.

Download Beneficiary Form

Gifts of Appreciated Assets
Buy Low. Give High. 

When you donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares instead of cash, the benefit the church receives exceeds the cost of the original securities purchased. You'll get a charitable deduction for the full amount of your gift and avoid the impact of the capital gains taxes on the appreciated securities.

Download Stock Transfer Info

Outright Gifts of Personal Property
Real Estate and Other Valuables 

Personal property, such as antiques, collectibles, musical instruments, works of art or vehicles, can be donated to us today or even after your lifetime through your estate. If the property is related to our mission, it's usually fully tax deductible based on its fair market value. In some cases, your gift of personal property can be used to fund a life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

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Gifts of Life Insurance

Name Plymouth as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy; donate an existing, paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need; or purchase a new life insurance policy and name Plymouth as the owner and beneficiary.

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Let's Talk

Planning your estate and legacy for future generations including your charitable interests takes careful evaluation.

Discussing your charitable intentions with us can lead to a much better result than going it alone – and will ensure that your gift is used just as you wish. Act now to be a good steward of the resources you intend to leave behind. Contact us using the contact info below, or submit this form to get more information.

For Professional Advisors

If you are working with a professional advisor or if you are advising a donor, here's a handy guide for including Plymouth in a charitable estate plan.

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