Gift Planning and Christian Stewardship
Christian Stewardship is about understanding that all we have is a gift from God, and when we give to the church and ministries we’re giving back to God what is God’s in the first place.
A Planned Gift is a way of contributing to the mission and ministry of the church from your accumulated assets. It is a deferred gift – you decide now how you would like your assets to be used later.
The simplest form of Planned Giving is to remember the Church in your will e.g. your parish, Christ’s Church Cathedral., the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, etc.
There are other ways to plan your response to God’s generosity in your life. Some Planned Gifts may provide tax benefits today, others can give you a guaranteed income for life, and some enable you to give a significant future gift at a modest present cost. Decisions on these matters are a very personal and important part of your financial planning.
As a good steward you will want to make sure any gift is well protected, well managed, and used for things you support. Endowment and Trust funds are ways of meeting these goals. The Diocese of Niagara and the Anglican Church of Canada have a variety of options to provide for growth and development of the wider church.
You will want to be sure that your planned gift will meet your individual philanthropic, financial planning and taxation needs too. Diocesan planned giving staff and parish planned giving representatives will put your needs first and direct you to seek independent outside advice from legal or financial planners.
The Anglican Diocese of Niagara works closely with the Anglican Church of Canada’s Department of Philanthropy, bringing together people with expertise from a wide range of ministries, church foundations and parishes, and supporting future mission and ministry that are in line with the Vision for Niagara.