If you are considering including St. Paul’s in your will, you may wish to visit with Executive Director, Jerry Oakland, to discuss options. Together you may develop a “Gift Agreement” with specific information about the desired designation of your gift – details that do not need to be included in your will.
If you have already made a provision for St. Paul’s in your estate plans, it would help us use your gift according to your wishes if you would complete and return this form to us.
The tax ID number for the Foundation is 75-3093308
The official legal bequest language for St. Paul's is:
"I [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”
If you prefer to remain anonymous, your gift will be kept completely confidential. However, please realize that recognition of your gift can encourage others to do the same. Whatever the case, we will honor your wishes. If you would like to discuss specifically how your gift will be used, contact Rev. Jerry Oakland, Executive Director, at 319-200-1066 or Foundation.Director@stpaulsumc.org.
Below are some generally accepted ways to make a bequest. One will probably fit your intentions better than others, so you should discuss them with your attorney as you prepare your will.
This is usually a gift of a stated sum of money. It will not fail for lack of cash in the estate. For example, "I give $50,000 to my daughter, Mary." If there is only $2,500 cash in the estate, other assets must be sold to meet the bequest.
This is a bequest made on condition that a certain event must occur before distribution to the beneficiary. For example, "I give $50,000 to my son, Joe, provided he enrolls in college before age 21." A contingent bequest is specific in nature and fails if the condition is not met. (A contingent bequest is also appropriate if you want to name a secondary beneficiary, in case the primary beneficiary does not survive you.)
This is a gift of all the "rest, residue, and remainder" of your estate after all other bequests, debts, and taxes have been paid. For example, you own property worth $500,000 and you intend to give a child $50,000 by specific bequest and leave $450,000 to a spouse through a residuary bequest. If the debts, taxes, and expenses are $100,000, there would only be $350,000 left for the surviving spouse. Rather, you should divide your estate according to percentages of the residue (rather than specifying dollar amounts), to ensure that your beneficiaries receive the proportions you desire.
When you make a charitable bequest to St. Paul’s, you should consider whether or not to restrict its use.
If you give an unrestricted bequest to the Church, your gifts will be used according to church policies in effect when the gifts are received. If you give an unrestricted bequest to the Foundation, your gifts will be placed in a permanent endowment fund; current board policy is to place it in the Unrestricted Gifts Fund. Annual distributions from this fund are directed each year by the board and/or the Church Council to a church ministry.
If you have a certain ministry or program you wish to benefit, you may restrict your bequest. Do this either by citing the restrictions in your will or, to provide for more flexibility, by creating a Gift Agreement in consultation with our Executive Director. A typical method of restricting a gift is by naming the permanent endowment fund into which your gift shall be placed. A listing of current endowment funds is found here.