YEAR-END CHARITABLE GIVING

With the end of one year and the start of another, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind. Charitable giving can be enhanced using income tax deductions, so it can be much more effective when it is included as part of year-end tax planning.

Example(s):

Assume you are considering making a charitable gift equal to the sum of $1,000 plus the income taxes you save with the charitable deduction. With a 28% tax rate, you might be able to give $1,389 to charity ($1,389 x 28% = $389 taxes saved). On the other hand, with a 35% tax rate, you might be able to give $1,538 to charity ($1,538 x 35% = $538 taxes saved).

YEAR-END GIVING

To receive 2015 giving credit, Mailed Checks must be dated and postmarked by December 31, 2015. Bank Card and ECheck (ACH) gifts may be made online via our secure website, by midnight, December 31, 2015. Gifts made by Text (Bank Card or ACH) can be made safely and securely by texting the word “GIVE” to 636-452-7858 by midnight, December 31, 2015.

Gifts of Stock or Tangible Assets can be arranged with our accounting office by calling 636-332-9010 or in person at the church offices. Please make arrangements with your broker in advance in order to guarantee receipt of your gift by year-end.

2015 YEAR-END GIVING STATEMENTS

Element Church will be mailing 2015 Contribution Statements to donors prior to January 31, 2016. As a convenience for our givers, you may view and print contribution statements online at any time. This option also has the beneficial effect of allowing you to review your current/up-to-date statement at any time in a secure format. Many of you may already have noticed this ability over the last few years through the Element Church website. You can access the Online Giving by clicking here. Once there, log in to your existing account. If you do not already have an account on our system, you will need to create a new one.

Once you have signed in to your account, simply click GIVING on the menu bar at the very top of the GIVE NOW page. Then click the HISTORY tab to be shown a list of your contributions for the year. To print a copy of your giving statement, click DOWNLOAD STATEMENT and a printable version of your statement will be downloaded to your desktop. Please note that you can also view or print your contribution statements from previous years by selecting the desired year in the HISTORY menu drop-down tab.

If you need assistance, please contact us by clicking below or calling the church office at 636-332-9010.