Giving to the Living Church Foundation

Give, and it shall be given unto you.” —Luke 6:38

The Living Church Foundation Inc., is an independent, nonprofit ministry devoted to seeking and serving the full, visible unity of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, within the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion.

The mission of the Living Church has remained constant since our founding in 1878: we seek to sow seeds of reconciliation and renewal through the printed word and by teaching the Christian faith with energy and zeal.

We are more than a magazine. In addition to the news, teaching, and cultural analysis found in THE LIVING CHURCH, our weblog, Covenant, reaches hundreds of thousands of Anglicans worldwide with a team of evangelical and catholic writers. We offer several resources for the worship and prayer life of the Church: The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook, a guide to hymn selection in harmony with the liturgical seasons; Illuminations, a lector’s aid for Sunday worship; and Daily Devotionals, spiritual commentary on the Daily Office readings. We are creating new resources for Christian education as well, and our staff is often on the road to host conferences, lead workshops, and consult. Your gift to the Living Church Foundation serves the revitalization and faith of the Church. Our ministries touch hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

We could not go on without your faithful support. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and your donations are fully tax-deductible. We provide many ways to give to the Living Church Foundation:

  • The Living Church Partners are parishes, dioceses, seminaries, and other institutions that generously support our work. We list our Partners in every issue, and higher giving levels receive annual columns to describe their work.

  • The Living Church Annual Fund is an important way for many of our readers to support our ministry. Only 70 percent of the cost of publishing TLC is covered by subscriptions and advertising. For the rest, we count on contributions from readers like you.

  • The Living Church Endowment Fund provides a perpetual source of support for our many publications and initiatives. Our endowment is professionally managed by State Street and overseen by our board, with careful policies and guidelines available to our donors. We especially welcome planned gifts through your will, and naming opportunities are available.

Living Church Partners

When your parish, diocese, or institution becomes a partner of the Living Church you help defray the everyday costs of producing a substantive Anglican journal of thought and opinion, maintaining a high-quality website, and many other publishing and teaching initiatives. Nearly a fifth of our annual income comes from dozens of faithful TLC partners from around the church at multiple annual giving levels (Sponsor, Guarantor, and Associate). We thank our Partners by listing them in the back pages of every issue and providing free subscriptions. Higher giving levels receive an annual column with a photo in the magazine, and are thanked on the Contents page of the magazine for helping make their sponsored issue possible.

Contact Dr. Christopher Wells, Executive Director (cwells@livingchurch.org or 414.292.1240), to become a Living Church Partner today.

See a list of Living Church Partners.

Living Church Annual Fund

You may make a gift to our Annual Fund in your name, in honor of someone you would like to recognize, or in memory of someone who has died. We thank our Annual Fund donors by listing their names in THE LIVING CHURCH each year, along with recognition of giving levels and gifts made in honor or memory of a loved one. Without many tax-deductible gifts each year, we would need to raise the cost of a magazine subscription considerably, pricing out a large portion of our more than 5,000 subscribers.

Bishop Kemper Associates
A gift of $500 or more

Bishop Kemper, the Episcopal Church’s first missionary bishop, zealously preached the gospel and built the Church on the frontier. Your gift at the Associate level helps THE LIVING CHURCH in its evangelical mission of proclaiming God’s good news to all peoples.

William Reed Huntington Guarantors
A gift of $1,000 or more
Father Huntington, chief architect of the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, helped chart the course for ecumenical renewal and Anglican unity for generations. Your gift at the Guarantor level helps continue his legacy through THE LIVING CHURCH’s commitment to the full visible unity of Christ’s Church.

Phillips Brooks Sponsors
A gift of $2,500 or more

Bishop Brooks, rector for many years of Trinity Church in Boston and preacher to Harvard University, was one of America’s most beloved and respected ministers. Your gift at the Sponsor level helps THE LIVING CHURCH carry on his legacy by enriching the intellectual substance and social outreach of parish life.

Samuel Seabury Patrons
A gift of $5,000 or more

Bishop Seabury, the first bishop in the Episcopal Church, built a firm foundation in the Catholic faith for the church’s future in a new world. Your gift at the Patron level helps lay the foundation of THE LIVING CHURCH’s work for many years to come.

How to give to the Annual Fund

By check:

Your check is welcome at any time. Simply write to us at:
The Living Church Foundation
P.O. Box 510705
Milwaukee, WI 53203-0121

Online giving:

You may also make a secure online donation with your credit or debit card, by clicking the button below. For your convenience, you may make either a one-time gift or set up a recurring monthly donation.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities with long-term capital gains (stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares) can help you avoid capital gains taxes. If you would like to make a gift from your portfolio to the Living Church Foundation, ask your broker to transfer the securities to our account:
The Living Church Foundation
c/o Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
ACCOUNT # 41285039
Re: Securities–Please contact the Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden at jordan@livingchurch.org or 701.331.1289.

So that we may thank you for your gift, please have your broker contact us via fax or email with your name and address, the security donated, the date the security was transferred, the number of shares, and their monetary value. You may contact the Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden at jordan@livingchurch.org or 701.331.1289.

Living Church Endowment Fund

By giving to the Living Church, you invest in an independent, non-profit ministry that reaches around the globe to help transform the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. At this critical time, the Living Church has been called to a wider mission. Our permanent endowment funds in perpetuity the entrepreneurial vision and theological substance for which the Living Church has become known, helping extend the reach and influence of our ministry immeasurably. Names or matching gifts are especially welcome and encouraged.

The board of the Living Church Foundation has recently established an endowment fund to sustain and cultivate this crucial mission. The board has adopted extensive policies and guidelines for the careful stewardship of the endowment, incorporating an investment policy statement and policies for spending rules, disposition of bequests, donor-designated funds, and gift acceptance. Our endowment has been placed within the $200-million pool of the Episcopal Church Foundation, an efficient and effective nonprofit ministry independent of the Episcopal Church, managed by State Street, the largest manager of charitable assets in the world.

Basic Facts

Size of the Endowment: Approximately $150,000 with a near-term goal of $4.5 million and a long-term goal of $9 million.

Purpose of the Endowment: To provide a reliable source of revenue to support the operations of the Living Church Foundation in perpetuity.

Management & Oversight: A committee consisting of three to five members of the Living Church Foundation, using the resources of the Episcopal Church Foundation and their investment manager, State Street Global Advisors, the largest manager of charitable assets in the world.

Spending Rule: Each year the Board sets a prudent spending rule to maintain the spending power of the endowment after inflation and fees. Normally that percentage is in the range of 3% to 5% of the Fund’s average three-year value.

The Concept of Perpetuity: Endowment by definition means “in perpetuity.” This endowment is a true endowment with variance power: in the event of a dire emergency, such as the Foundation being in jeopardy of going out of business, the Board may authorize expenditure from the corpus of the endowment following a two-thirds vote at two consecutive meetings.

Reports Available: Donors may view a copy of the Living Church Foundation Endowment Fund Policies and Guidelines and may request reports on the investments’ performance by contacting our office in Milwaukee.

Means of Making a Gift to the Endowment Fund

Donors may make a gift to the Living Church Foundation Endowment Fund in a variety of ways using either a direct gift of cash or a planned gift. In general, planned gifts are made through the following means:

A Bequest in a Will

The easiest and most common way of making a planned gift is through such a bequest. Donors may designate a specific amount of money, a percentage of their estate, or a specific asset. You can also name the Living Church Foundation as a contingent beneficiary.

Life Income Gifts

Gifts such as a charitable gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust, or a pooled income fund provide a donor and/or a designated beneficiary income for life, after which the Living Church Foundation receives the gift. These types of gifts generally reduce or eliminate certain taxes.

Retirement Accounts

Donors may make direct gifts from their retirement fund to the Living Church Foundation, or name the Living Church Foundation as a contingent beneficiary of the fund. Often retirement funds are the most heavily taxed asset of an estate.

Life Insurance

Donors may use life insurance to make a sizeable gift to the Living Church Foundation. For example, they may purchase a new policy and make the Living Church its owner and beneficiary. They may also make the Living Church Foundation the owner and beneficiary of an existing policy that they no longer need, or a contingent beneficiary of an existing policy.

A Life Estate

Donors may deed their home, vacation home, or condominium to the Living Church Foundation, retaining the right to live in the property and/or receive income from the property for as long as they or their beneficiary lives. Capital gains, inheritance, and estate taxes may be reduced and an income tax deduction earned.

Appreciated Property

Securities, real estate, or tangible personal property such as jewelry, works of art, boats, etc., can be used to make a gift to the Living Church Foundation. There are tax advantages to making these gifts.

For more information on making a gift to the Living Church Foundation Endowment Fund please contact Dr. Christopher Wells, Executive Director, at cwells@livingchurch.org or 414.292.1240. If you would like to designate your gift as endowment, simply let us know.