As Christians, we are thankful all year long for everything that God has given us, but the fall season has traditionally been a time for us to reflect on our blessings. It’s a good time to take notice of the abundance we have received through Jesus and to consider how we should manage our gifts from God.
Making a year-end gift is a wonderful way of expressing your gratitude to God for the blessings you have received while helping fund the Lord’s work at the same time. Another reason to make a charitable gift before year’s end are the tax benefits. For example, you can give more for less through a gift of appreciated assets (e.g., stocks, mutual funds, etc.). And donors who are 70.5 or older can make tax-free charitable distributions from their IRAs.
Contact your local WELS Christian giving counselor for information on completing a year-end gift or any question you may have about Christian giving and/or your estate plan.