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Planned Giving


"Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according to your means." - Sirach 35:7-10

Stewardship Prayer:
O gracious God, who generously lavishes our lives with goodness, create in our hearts a deep center of gratitude. May sharing freely of our treasures become the norm of our existence. Remind us often of your cherishing love and the unearned gifts in our lives. Amen.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church expresses gratitude for your ongoing support through time, talent, and treasures. Stewardship is a way of life, deepening our relationship with the Lord and bringing peace and joy. Your generosity significantly impacts our parish community.

Understanding Planned Giving:
Planned giving involves sharing accumulated gifts to benefit oneself, family, and charity. It allows you to chart your own stewardship legacy, offering potential tax advantages, enhanced estate plans, or income benefits. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is committed to assisting in this process to ensure your gifts reach your designated beneficiaries.

Gifts You Can Give Now:
1. Cash:
   - Charitable deduction if your tax situation allows.

2. Long-Term Appreciated Stocks/Securities:
   - Avoid capital gains.
   - Charitable deduction if your tax situation allows.

3. IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD):
   - Exclude QCD from taxable income.
   - Apply QCD to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from age 70½.

4. Donor Advised Fund (DAF):
   - Grow a fund for giving, possibly avoiding capital gains tax.
   - Charitable deduction if your tax situation allows.

Gifts in the Future:
Wills, Bequests & Life Insurance:
   - Retain control during your lifetime.
   - Reduce income taxes and potential estate tax for heirs.
   - Pass more favorably taxed property to heirs.

As the year concludes, consider charitable contributions for income tax benefits. Your year-end gift could reduce income taxes and support your parish. Make your gift before December 31st for tax recognition in the current year.

Financial giving is a form of worship, acknowledging God as your provider.
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7

For questions or more information, contact the SEAS Parish Office at 417-887-6472 or [email protected].
This information is not financial advice; consult your advisor for guidance specific to your situation. 

As we enter the season of giving, contemplate a year-end or estate gift that will leave a lasting impact on the future of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Every donation, regardless of the amount, significantly benefits our parish community.
This year, your generosity has the power to make an even greater impact. We're thrilled to announce the upcoming We Believe capital campaign, launching in early January. This campaign aims to fund the construction of the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pavilion and the renovation of the SEAS Parish Hall—crucial additions that will enhance our community spaces.
If you wish to take advantage of a 2023 tax opportunity, consider an early contribution to the success of the We Believe capital campaign. Designate your donation to the Building Fund, and it will automatically support the capital campaign. Your support at this critical time plays a pivotal role in achieving a strong campaign kick-off.
Thank you for your continued support and belief in the growth and vitality of our parish. Together, we make a difference.