Bequests

Planned Giving And The Church
Planned Giving and the Church
By: Viken Mikaelian

The congregation sighs and settles in for what the pastor knows is actually their least favorite Sunday. “Please take a look at the insert in your bulletin,” he continues. “You’ll see that we didn’t meet our budget again this year.” His audience knows where this is going: The church is struggling to accomplish its mission, but the congregation is not pulling its weight in terms of monetary contributions.

Aretha Franklin
By: Viken Mikaelian

When Aretha Franklin passed away she left behind a musical legacy that spanned more than six decades. She also left behind an expensive legal mess for her family. The Queen…

Gift Horse
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
By: Viken Mikaelian

Wouldn’t it be great if every donor simply gave cash or publicly traded stock? And, did not ask for a pledge period of greater than five years?

While most donors do fit this description, there are others who present challenges in terms of the proposed structure of their gifts.

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I Want to Meet a Rich Guy
By: Karen Martin

What does wanting to meet (and marry) a rich guy have to do with planned giving? More than you think, and it all boils down to the meaning of the word “rich.” This puts “I want to meet a rich donor” in a whole new light.

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