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How Do I Leave a Gift for My Church in My Will?

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Q. Why should I consider leaving a gift in my will?

A. Your will (or trust) is your final act of stewardship and care. Through it, you can take care of your loved ones, model a legacy of generosity and ensure your favorite ministries continue to make a difference well beyond your lifetime.

Q. How do most people determine to give gifts in their will to their church?

A. Many individuals choose to allocate a certain percentage of their estate toward charity, sometimes dividing this amount among multiple organizations, including their church. Some specifically designate 10 percent of their estate toward Kingdom causes, wishing to reinforce to their families the biblical concept of tithing. Others choose to add a "child named Charity" to their will or trust. By this method, for example, if a couple had four children, each of the four children would receive 1/5 of their estate, and the remaining 1/5 would go toward the couple's favorite Christian charities.

However you decide to leave a gift in your will, continue to follow God's leading and remain faithful in generous giving.

Q. Can I make this kind of gift to my church?

A. Yes! Barnabas Foundation can help you make gifts to your church through a Legacy Foundation. To learn more about establishing a Legacy Foundation for your church, contact us today at

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