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There are many ways to give to God’s work through Trinity, Sarasota
General offerings and pledge giving support current ministries through the operating budget.
Designated giving supports the specific project you choose. Its use is restricted to that project. The entire amount of the gift is available for immediate use.
Legacy giving is naming the church as a beneficiary of your will, trust, or insurance policy. Click here for a helpful brochure explaining even more options.
Asset-based giving involves donating a non-cash asset such as publicly-traded stock, real estate, car, jewelry, etc. The asset is usually liquidated with the funds becoming a general, designated, or endowment gift as you direct.
Endowment giving for property/maintenance, scholarship, or general needs. Its use is restricted to one of the three areas. You choose. The gift is combined with other gifts with the same restriction with the goal of building principal to earn interest in perpetuity. Only the interest generated from the gift is used for ministry. (except in extreme circumstances) The original gift becomes principle and remains intact.
For example, if you wanted to give $5,000 to help with higher education scholarships, there are 2 possibilities:
- Designated Giving - used by Trinity's scholarship committee and likely all of the $5,000 will be dispersed in a few years.
- Endowment Giving - invested in the Scholarship Endowment Fund with other similar gifts. The Endowment Fund Committee releases interest each year in perpetuity to Trinity's scholarship committee. The $5,000 gift remains intact as principal in the endowment fund.
We're glad to help you with your giving questions and plans. Contact Trinity's business administrator for further information.
More on Endowment Giving
Trinity's endowment fund exists to provide members and friends of Trinity UMC the opportunity to make charitable gifts that become part of the principal of a permanent endowment fund managed by the Florida United Methodist Foundation. The principal generates income as a living memorial to the donors whose beliefs and dreams for future generations are empowered by the interest income generated by the fund.
The fund is intended for church purposes which are not funded through the annual operating budget; however, gifts which intend to supplement programs and ministries are appropriate. The primary factor in determining whether a gift is an endowment is if the donor desires the gift to remain intact - the principal is protected - and only the income the gift produces can be used for current programs and ministries.
The Endowment Fund has three sub-funds for you to choose from:
Property and Maintenance
Income (not principal) helps Trinity's trustees maintain and enhance our campus.
Income (not principal) helps Trinity's scholarship committee assist members with higher education expenses.
Income (not principal) helps Trinity's council fund new ministries and meet special needs.
Our partnership with The Florida United Methodist Foundation, Inc.
An agreement between Trinity UMC and The Florida United Methodist Foundation was established on October 15, 1992. The Foundation acts as a trustee for the fund investing and administering it in accordance with the social principles of The United Methodist Church.
The Florida United Methodist Foundation, Inc. was established on July 19, 1966, as an institution of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Its purpose is to facilitate charitable giving to churches, institutions, boards or agencies of the Florida Annual Conference. Its membership consists of the lay and clergy members of the conference. It is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. The Foundation is exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes as described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.