The Haygood Endowment

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Haygood ENDOWMENT FUND

``Allowing our gifts to live long after we do``

``One generation will praise your works to the next one, proclaiming your mighty acts.`` Psalm 145:4

WHAT IS THE HAYGOOD ENDOWMENT FUND?

Our Endowment Fund is a ministry established to provide members and friends of Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church with the opportunity to make charitable gifts to the church that will become a permanent financial resource for supporting our ministries. The church receives the endowment gifts and invests them through the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. The income from the investments is then distributed for use at Haygood. 

WHY SHOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ENDOWMENT

Giving to an endowment is our opportunity to truly leave a legacy. The Endowment Fund allows our gifts to live long after we do.

  • Many of us may not have tithed on IRA/401k money. Our mindset was to tithe on such funds as we withdrew them to fund our retirements. When we do move onto a better world, the remaining funds will likely be taxed heavily unless they are donated to a charity.

  • The Endowment Fund helps the church change people’s lives. We believe in making disciples of Jesus Christ.

WHEN DO YOU GIVE TO AN ENDOWMENT?

The largest gifts to an endowment often occur when someone passes away, when the church is either a beneficiary of the donor’s estate, retirement account, or charitable remainder trust. Gifts to the church in lieu of flowers for the funeral are another common donation method.

Even though the largest gifts often occur when someone dies, someone’s death is far from a requirement. Members do choose to donate funds at other times.

Donating cash is probably the most common method, but there are other methods that may have better tax advantages for the donor. Gifts of property (real estate or securities) can be advantageous as can charitable remainder trusts, where the donor establishes a trust during their lifetime, uses the trust as long as they live and then specifies that, upon their death, the remaining amount go to the church.

In addition to bequeaths through wills and charitable remainder trusts, naming the church as one of the beneficiaries of a retirement account or life insurance policy may be a good alternative for some donors.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE GIFTS?

  • Haygood’s Endowment Trustees will invest the funds into a diversified portfolio of stocks and fixed income investments that is managed by the North Georgia United Methodist Foundation.

  • The Trustees will spend a small amount of the investment earnings each year and reinvest enough to allow the value of the original gift to keep pace with inflation.

  • The 3-5% per year that the Trustees spend will be aligned with the church’s vision and needs.

WHO ARE THE TRUSTEES THAT MANAGE THESE FUNDS?

The Endowment Trustees are appointed by Haygood’s Leadership Selection Committee and are chosen from Haygood’s members.

HOW ARE ENDOWMENT FUNDS USED?

Most recently, the Endowment Trustees chose to use some endowment proceeds for capital improvements, such as repairs for our roof. 

In the future, the Trustees may use these funds for missions and other endeavors that are aligned with the church’s vision.

During normal times, capital and mission projects are likely to be the primary beneficiaries of Haygood’s Endowment proceeds. Occasionally, perhaps once every other generation, a church will have to rely on its endowment to bridge some type of emergency and to continue to do God’s work after the emergency is over. These emergencies do not occur often, but they do occur. Building a healthy endowment during normal times assists the church in overcoming the hardships that such emergencies create.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR GIVING

There are many ways to give, and the best way for you to make a gift depends upon your personal goals and circumstances.  Some common options include:

  • Outright gifts, including cash, property, stocks and bonds.

  • Wills or Trusts: In your will or trust you may name the Endowment Fund as the direct beneficiary of specific assets, a portion of your estate, or your residual estate.

  • Real Estate: Any form of real estate may be given, subject to acceptance by the church.

  • Life insurance, Individual Retirement Accounts, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified plans: Naming the Haygood Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of part of all of the proceeds is a meaningful gift that doesn’t involve modifying your will or trust.

  • Life Income Gifts such as charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities.

HOW CAN I GET INFORMATION?

Contact our chair for the endowment, Craig Sellner at ctsellner@comcast.net

Contact our minister, Will Zant at Will@haygoodumc.org.