Hope United Cochrane
Ways To Give
Campaign: Additional Giving Options
Our congregation begins its capital campaign to provide renovated space to strengthen and enhance fellowship, ecumenical gatherings, church and the wider community programs and hospitality for all who come through our doors. Our main objective is to make the church accessible to ALL by adding a lift to the church.

Each of us as a member of Hope United Church of Christ is asked to prayerfully consider how we will support this effort with as generous a gift as possible, payable over three years. Most of us will be making this financial commitment using accumulated assets, not the funds we need for day-to-day living.

In addition to outright gifts of cash, there are alternative ways of providing a generous pledge to our capital campaign. If you would like additional information about any of the Ways to Give, please download and fill the form below and give it to Debra Knutson or Marilyn Bollinger. You may also mail back to: Hope UCC, Attn: Capital Campaign Administrator at PO Box 28 Cochrane, WI 54622. Thank you for being a part of Hope United!

  • A Gift Of Appreciated Securities:

    You can ask your broker to transfer shares of stock electronically from your account directly into the church’s account. (You can get the church’s brokerage account by calling the church treasurer or the church office.) Remember to ask your broker to identify you as the donor of the shares of stock so that you receive both the credit for the gift and the official acknowledgement letter from the church.
  • Convert Jewelry, Artwork, or Real Estate:

    You may have appreciated assets such as jewelry, artwork or property that you would like to sell and then donate the proceeds to the church. Special arrangements may need to be made regarding real estate to avoid capital gains tax.
  • A Charitable Gift Annuity:

    The donor receives a fixed rate of return based on age, with a one-time charitable deduction and some tax-free income. The church is named as the beneficiary of the annuity. Charitable annuities can be established for a single life or for two lives. The annuity is invested with and managed by United Church Funds and established and administered through the UCC Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship.
  • A Charitable Remainder Trust (may be one of two types:)

    Unitrusts pay variable income based on a payout percentage, usually 5%, of the Trust’s annual value; Annuity trusts pay fixed income based on a percentage, usually 5 %, of the gift amount. The donor receives a one-time charitable deduction. Minimum gift to establish a remainder trust is $50,000.
  • Life Insurance:

    The insured names Hope UCC either as the beneficiary or as the owner and beneficiary of the policy. The insured can also contribute a paid-up policy to the church, naming the church as owner and beneficiary. The church may then take the policy’s cash value as a campaign gift.
  • IRA Assets:

    The donor names Hope UCC as the beneficiary of the IRA.
  • IRA Charitable Transfers:*

    The donor must be 70½ years of age or older at the time of the gift.
    The transfer must go directly from the donor’s IRA account to qualified charities.
    Gifts cannot exceed $100,000 per taxpayer per year.
    Gifts must be outright. (Gifts do not qualify if transferred to donor advised funds, supporting organizations or charitable life income gifts.)
    Since the gift is not included in the donor’s gross income, no charitable income tax deduction is allowed for the gift. The distribution will count toward the IRA owner’s Required Minimum Distribution.
    Congress renewed this IRA Charitable Transfer in December 2015, so it is permanent.
  • UCC Cornerstone Fund’s Church Builder Bonus Program:

    Cornerstone Fund investors have always enjoyed earning good rates ⎯ and now they can earn a bonus of 1% with the Church Builder Bonus program. Invest a minimum of $10,000 in a five-year investment, designate a “give-back” gift of at least 10% to any UCC ministry and enjoy the bonus on the balance for the entire five-year investment term. Additional information may be found at the United Church of Christ’s Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship website: www.ucc.org/giving/
  • In-Kind Donations:

    These are non-monetary donations contributed as goods and/or services rather than money. Professional expertise, time, supplies, equipment or other goods are examples of In-Kind donations. Acknowledgements of In-Kind Donations must be written differently than acknowledgements for gifts of cash, stocks or other assets more readily valued. In-Kind donations provide significant benefit to a congregation in support of campaign efforts.
Please note that the information included in this document does not constitute legal advice. The Campaign Executive Team encourages you to consult with your accountant and/or legal advisor as you consider making your generous commitment to Hope United’s capital campaign through any of the ways to give cited in this document.
Let us know if you have any questions or comments. We are happy to provide more details. Please email us 24/7 or call us to learn more.

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