There are many methods of giving so that you are able to meet your needs and have the opportunity to support Holy Spirit in a meaningful way. The following may be helpful as you consider the best way to make your gift.
We hope all will be generous with their support through prayers, involvement, and donations as their state in life allows. We also hope each member will continue to strive in growing closer to God and bringing all those in our community to our church to be nourished and strengthened.
Ways to Give
Making a tax-deductible donation to the Holy Spirit Educational Foundation is a wonderful way to support quality Catholic education at Holy Spirit School. Giving is easy and can be accomplished in many ways:
- Make your gift online
- Cash or check donations delivered or mailed to the parish office
- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) established through your bank on a one time or recurring basis
- Legacy gifts through will/estate planning (see below)
- Double your gift through your employer’s matching gift program
Tributes and Memorials
Gifts can always be given in honor or memory of a loved one or family member. Since gifts made to The Foundation are added to the endowment and carefully invested, rather than given away, they continue to provide financial assistance to Holy Spirit School in perpetuity. To give a gift in honor or memory of a loved one is actually to give a “Forever Gift” on behalf of that person.
Donors who have supported Catholic education over the years can continue that patronage through strategic estate planning. Appreciated stocks, real estate, life insurance policies, 401K funds, or tangible personal property can all be donated or willed to the Educational Foundation. In addition to the potential tax advantages of making a legacy gift, you will be ensuring that Holy Spirit School can continue to provide affordable, quality education to future students for generations to come.
IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)
When you reach age 70½, annual withdrawals from your traditional retirement accounts are required. That amount is called a required minimum distribution, or RMD. If you are in the fortunate position of not needing your distribution for living expenses, you can avoid income tax on your required withdrawal by donating your money directly to a qualifying charity, or the Holy Spirit Educational Foundation.
Tangible personal property or professional services can be given to support Holy Spirit. These gifts may be eligible for a deduction of the item’s fair market value, if the gift is related to the “charitable purpose” of Holy Spirit.
Corporate Matching Gifts
A matching gift program provided through your employer or board membership may allow you to double or even triple your gift. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs for their employees, retirees or board members. If the purpose of your gift needs to be designated in such a way to allow this, such as a donation to our School, we are able to make these accommodations.
The gift of your time to Holy Spirit Parish and School is greatly appreciated. You can help with church ministries, the Religious Education program, and various school needs in the lunch room, or playground. You can make a difference!
We would be happy to provide you with more information and assist you in making your gift. Please contact Vicki Bouwkamp at 616-735-6027 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.