What will your legacy be?
The four great human needs, according to Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, are to live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy. Each of us wants to be remembered for something special – an untarnished reputation, a life filled with good deeds, a monumental and lasting achievement. We want our accomplishments in this life to be remembered and have meaning beyond our lifetimes.
Some of us want to be remembered as a close and loving family member. Most of us want our life’s work to have a positive and lasting impact on society. All of us want to leave something of ourselves to posterity that will be beneficial for many years to come. What would you like your legacy to be? Have you made arrangements for a lasting gift – have you firmly established your legacy to future generations?
Your Legacy, Your Church
All gifts are from God, the Bible tells us. We are blessed with living in an affluent country with untold opportunities. Most of us have never known poverty or despair. Yet, problems like those exist in our community and in the world. Our church has served the spiritual and physical needs of our community for many years. Our Outreach has touched the lives of people locally in Herndon and Northern Virginia, in other states such as Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Tennessee, and internationally in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nicaragua. With our help, it will continue to do so for many, many years into the future. This will be our legacy.
Floris UMC Legacy Fund
When you provide a gift or bequest to the Legacy Fund, it will be invested to provide a legacy of support for Floris in perpetuity. The disbursement of funds is done annually via a nomination and review process defined by church policies. These disbursements are used to expand the missions of the church which enables your legacy to grow with that of Floris UMC. Prior disbursements have supported diverse areas such as new mission and ministry development, scholarships, and more.
Leaving a Bequest
One way to give is with a bequest. Your will or trust can designate that a specific amount is given to Floris UMC’s Legacy Fund. Such a gift can take the form of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other types of assets. A bequest allows you to pass your gift to Floris UMC free of estate tax.
When you give a gift now, you have the joy of seeing your donation put to good use. If you itemize on your tax return, you will also receive an income tax deduction. If you give appreciated stock or real estate, you may be able to avoid capital gains tax on the transfer.
Other Ways to Give
By designating the Floris UMC Legacy Fund as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you may give life insurance to the Legacy Fund. This can be a creative way of making a significant donation.
If you wish to discuss any of the ways to leave a legacy, please call the Floris UMC office and ask for more information or contact one of our Legacy Fund Committee members to discuss it in person.
Seeing Your Legacy in Action
The Legacy Fund Committee will be making disbursements annually to support various ministries at Floris UMC. Thus, you will be able to see your gift in action year after year in support of the current needs of Floris UMC and the ministries it supports.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read our FAQs about the Floris Legacy Fund.