How Can I Leave a Legacy?
Your gift to the Foundation should be customized to best fit your particular circumstances. Gifts of all sizes are important and welcomed. Gifts of any size also usually translate into significant tax benefits for the donor.
Please contact your financial advisor or attorney to determine how you can best leave a legacy that will continue to build on the foundations laid in 1958, and that will lay new foundations for the future of this community of faith. You may also contact Senior Pastor Tim Westermeyer at 763-475-7136 or by email to discuss structuring a legacy gift to benefit the church.
Do you have any specifics about how to leave an estate gift?
Yes. You can learn much more about how to leave a legacy for St. Philip the Deacon through planned giving at by clicking here.
Should I alert the church if I would like to leave a legacy gift?
Yes, please do. To indicate your desire to leave a gift through your estate, please complete and return this Letter of Intent, which automatically makes you a member of our honorary legacy society, Rejoicing Partners.
What is the right amount to give?
There is no “right amount.” We welcome and celebrate gifts of all sizes to the Foundation. The important thing to remember is that contributing to the Foundation isn’t limited only to major gifts.
Can I leave part of my estate?
Yes. You can bequest either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to the Foundation. You can discuss these options with your attorney.
If I want to participate, do I need to contribute today?
No. If your contribution is in the form of life insurance or a bequest, for example, the Foundation won’t receive the contribution until your death.
Does the Foundation compete with annual fundraising?
No. Contributions to the Foundation are entirely different from the church’s annual operational stewardship appeals or triennial capital appeals, where members are encouraged to tithe annual income. The goal of the Foundation is to give individuals a way to contribute accumulated assets through gifts, wills and other forms of estate planning.
What is Rejoicing Partners?
To recognize those who have included the church or foundation in their estate plans—and to honor their commitment to the future ministry and mission of St. Philip the Deacon—we make them members of Rejoicing Partners. Read more about this honorary society.