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Planned Giving

Planned Giving Shapes the Future of GHTC

During our lives, we respond to God’s call in a variety of ways, supporting God’s work with time, talent, and treasure. Through planned giving, we can continue this support for future generations.

Legacy gifts can be tailored to support the donor’s vision.

Options for remembering the church in your will include:

  • outright lifetime gifts of cash, securities or other valuables;
  • charitable gift annuities;
  • charitable remainder trusts;
  • charitable lead trusts;
  • life insurance policies;
  • retirement plan benefits and IRAs.

Within GHTC, gifts may be specified to any or all of these:

The Twenty-First Century Fund

An anonymous gift to the parish in 2006 established this fund for the support of on-going ministries and operations of the Church.  The Vestry controls and allocates the Fund, and must use no more than 5% of its value in any calendar year.  The Trustees of the Endowment manage the asset.

Grace and Holy Trinity Church

A gift naming GHTC as the recipient with no restrictions is held at the discretion of the Vestry.  Traditionally, the Vestry has split these gifts between a major repairs fund and a fund supporting the work of the parish.

The Grace and Holy Trinity Endowment Fund, Inc.

The Endowment Fund was incorporated in 1947 for such uses of the Church as the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund may determine.

Uses include:

  • preservation or improvement of Church property and furnishings;
  • support of its operations and maintenance;
  • religious, charitable and benevolent uses, and
  • such other works of charity and benevolence as it may undertake.

 A Designated Fund of the Parish

Your gift to the church may be directed to a specific ministry.

Leaving a Legacy for Your Children

When my oldest son was a toddler, my parents kept him for a week-end so that my husband and I could go away alone together. We all had a ball. My husband, Geoff and I were already planning our next get-away when my mom laid down some ground rules.

“We can’t wait to keep the baby again,” she said, “but we won’t keep him again until you two have made your wills. You need to specify who will take care of him if something should happen to the two of you.”

But that wasn’t all.

“You also need to create a legacy that tells your child something about you,” she said. “Write out your most treasured beliefs or make bequests to your church and other charities that show him what matters to you.”

Because we were so anxious to secure week-end babysitting, we did make wills in our early thirties. Since then I’ve taken Mom’s advice to heart. I’ve updated my plans as life changed, but I’ve always included a percentage of my estate for my church and a few favorite charities.

Grace and Holy Trinity Church is an important part of my life. I hope you will join me in including GHTC in your estate plans. You can express your love and gratitude to God for this Christian community, show your loved ones what matters to you, and create a legacy of love far into the future. Remembering Grace and Holy Trinity Church in your estate plans is easy.

— written by Nancy Trego

Please contact the Clergy for more information. We welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and discuss the planned giving options that are best for you.

You may also want to read the Legacy Planned Giving Brochure. (PDF)

Ending of Life Planning 

One of the legacy gifts that we can give our family is to plan for the end of our life.  It saves them difficult and painful decisions, it can prevent family strife after your death, and it leaves a statement about what has been important to you in your life.  These decisions include talking to your family about your death and funeral.  This booklet can help you: Faithful Stewards of your Good Gifts: Planning for the end of life This list tells you the 5 most important documents to have prepared, and this list of resources provides help with writing a will and other documents, securing your digital assets (email, social media and other accounts), and help for caregivers.

The Columbarium at Grace and Holy Trinity Church

Christian tradition has looked upon burial as the final act of faith, a witness to one’s belief in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life.  In recent years, cremation with committal of cremated remains, rather than burial, has become more common.  Grace and Holy Trinity Church is pleased that a new chapel and columbarium will soon be completed as part of our renovation.  To learn more about it please refer to these documents: Columbarium Documents part 1 and Columbarium Documents part 2.  If you have any questions please contact the Clergy.