The Endowment Fund At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Kansas City, Missouri
A message from the Endowment Commission of the St. Andrew’s Vestry
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has been blessed for many years with an endowment fund (the “Fund”). Not everyone is familiar with the purpose of an endowment fund, what it does, or why it is so important. As St. Andrew’s begins to focus efforts on growing the endowment through the formation of a St. Andrew’s Legacy Society, the Endowment Commission of the Vestry thought that it would be helpful to provide to our parishioners some basic information about the existing endowment fund and how it benefits our church.
What is a Legacy Society? A newly formed St. Andrew’s Legacy Society will recognize individuals who have made a provision in their estate plans to remember your church. Neither the amount of the provision, nor the means, are important. Only that you have included St. Andrew’s in your will or estate plan through a bequest of money, securities, personal property, or real estate; a life income gift (charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust); a gift of life insurance, a life estate, or some other form of planned giving (more information on this will be available soon).
The St. Andrew’s Legacy Society will meet at least once a year to recognize and honor those who have made this important commitment. The Society will also be the source of information about the means of making a planned gift. Non-profit organizations of all types seek these kinds of gifts from members of our congregation on a regular basis. Why not St. Andrew’s? What better recipient of a legacy gift than your church?
What to Expect in the New Year? We will soon update the parish on the formation of the St. Andrew’s Legacy Society and invite people to become charter members. We plan to hold special sessions on the means of planned giving, writing a will, planning for the end of life, and others such topics to provide valuable information. There will be reminders in the newsletter, the Messenger, on our website, and elsewhere about the importance of this special type of stewardship that serves your family as well as the church.
Please look in the pews and on the tables by the entry for brochures about the Legacy Society. We would be happy to answer any questions you have.