We thank you in advance for contributing to the future growth and development of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Whether it’s a one-time donation or an annual pledge, every gift matters!
Ways to Give:
You can mail checks with your gifts or pledges to:
First Congregational Church of Blue Hill
Attn: Treasurer’s Office
PO Box 444
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Online via PayPal
Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions by using your credit/debit card or a PayPal account. You can make a one time donation or set up recurring payments to fulfill your annual pledge by simply clicking the Donate button.
Online via Bill Pay
Many banks and credit unions offer Bill Pay, which is an online service that allows you to make payments directly from your bank account. Please check with your financial institution for information on how to sign up for Bill Pay.
You may wish to add to the Church’s existing endowment which supports its annual operating expenses. Alternatively, you may wish to create your own named endowment for general or specific purposes. You might stipulate that a portion of the income be used for certain purposes during your lifetime so you can see your investment at work. You and other family members could add to your named endowment fund over the years and even donate additional funds through your wills.
Donating Appreciated Stock
When selling stock, typically you will have to pay a capital gains tax, which could be significant depending on the amount of appreciation. But if you donate the stocks directly to the Church, you avoid the capital gains tax. Plus, you can take the fair market value of the stocks as a charitable contribution on your income tax return.
Directed IRA RMDs
If you are 70 ½ years or older, you can transfer your IRA Required Minimum Distribution directly to the church tax-free. Distributed amounts may be excluded from your income, resulting in lower taxable income.
Wills & Revocable Trusts
You may wish to name the Church as a beneficiary in your will or revocable trust. There are many possible ways to structure this: You might designate a particular sum of money or asset, or leave the Church a percentage of your residuary estate after payment of debts and specific gifts.
You might consider naming the Church as the beneficiary of an IRA, investment account, or insurance policy.
We would be very happy to meet with you to review which of these gifting strategies might be most suitable for you. You should ultimately consult with your estate planning attorney and/or financial advisor when contemplating any significant charitable gift.