Give to Grace
Make a Donation Online
There are many ways that you can help support Grace church with your gifts, particularly your time and talent. We also hope that you can give generously to support the financial needs of the church. Please read more below about our annual giving campaign and the on-going capital campaign, which may accept contributions electronically. You may also use this online site to make changes to your pledges or recurring gifts.
Thank you for your generous support!
-Make a Pledge Online
If you would like to make a pledge to the annual giving or capital campaigns of Grace Church you may email the details to our parish Administrator, Sally Larson:
Capital Giving Campaign
In April, 2013, work commenced on a major renovation project to preserve and enhance our historic 1847 Richard Upjohn building. While we have raised more then $4 million thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we are still seeking additional gifts to fulfill high priority goals, such as improved heating and cooling, and providing an accessible bathroom. Pledges may be fulfilled over a five year period, but it is important for budgeting purposes to know how much will be available for this vital preservation effort. For further information, return to our home page and click on Capital Campaign.
HONOR THE PAST
SUSTAIN THE PRESENT
NURTURE THE FUTURE
For more than a century and a half, Grace Church has served the Brooklyn community and conducted outreach activities around the world. During that time, many individuals have expressed their gratitude to the Church and to God by remembering Grace in their long-term financial planning. These bequests or deferred gifts have played an important role in the life and work of this parish.
There are many ways to make a bequest or deferred gift to Grace. Some suggestions are listed below. However, Grace cannot render legal or tax advice. Please consult your attorney or financial advisor for further assistance. For more information on different types of planned gifts, visit WWW.EpiscopalGifts.org.
You may leave all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after you have made any specific bequests, and after taxes and expenses have been paid. A provision in your will might read:
“I bequeath all (or ___ percent) of my residuary estate to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY."
This approach does have several advantages over a specific dollar amount: It protects your loved ones in the event that the final value of your estate is less than you had anticipated. If, on the other hand, you live a number of years, this type of bequest adjusts for inflation and maintains the relative size of the bequest you intend to make to Grace.
BEQUEST OF CASH OR PROPERTY
You can make a simple bequest of cash or real property or shares of stock in you will. A sample provision might read:
“I bequeath to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY, the sum of $ _______ (and/or) the following property, to be used for its general purposes.”
You might want to include Grace as a beneficiary in the event that your named beneficiaries (such as a spouse or loved one) predecease you. A provision in your will might read:
“I bequeath to my sister, Jane Doe, the sum of $_____, and in the event that she shall predecease me, I direct this sum to be paid to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY.”
COMPLETION OF PLEDGE AS A BEQUEST
Many members of the Parish have made a pledge to Grace in an annual giving campaign or our major capital campaign. Because these are legally non-binding, you may wish to add a provision to your will, directing the Executor to fulfill any remainder of your pledges. For example:
“I direct my executor to pay, as a debt of my estate, to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 254 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY,” any balance which is due or will become due under the terms of any pledge or pledges made by me to Grace Church during my lifetime.”
OTHER TYPES OF GIFTS
Life Insurance: You can name Grace as the beneficiary, or contingent beneficiary, in whole or in part of a life insurance policy.
Retirement Plans: Most tax-deferred retirement plans, such as a 401(k) or an IRA permit you to name an organization such as Grace as the beneficiary or all or part of the total amount, or as a secondary beneficiary in the event that your primary beneficiaries predecease you.
Life Estate Gifts: Property such as a home can be transferred to Grace in such a way that the donor retains the right to use the property or to the income for life.
Life Income Gifts (Charitable Annuities or Remainder Trusts): Gifts can be made that will provide income to the donor for life, followed by a gift to Grace. The Episcopal Church Foundation can help you to set up one of these gifts on a confidential basis. Call 800-687-3858 or email .
GRACE CHURCH LEGACY SOCIETY
In 2008, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the first worship service in our current building in Brooklyn Heights, the Vestry established the Grace Church Legacy Society to recognize and honor those who include Grace Church in their estate plans or make a gift to the endowment during their lives.
We invite you to join the Grace Church Legacy Society by completing a Legacy Society form stating your intention to provide a gift to Grace upon your death or confirming that you have already made a planned gift to Grace through your will or other type of deferred gift.
Legacy Society brochures, including application forms, may be obtained from the parish office.
ALTAR FLOWER MEMORIALS
Contact the Church Administrator at 718.624.1850 to arrange altar flowers in honor of or in memory of a loved one.