Ways to Give
When you give to RPTS, you invest in the future pastors and ministers of the gospel who go out to disciple churches like yours. There are many ways to support the Seminary. Here are various opportunities to consider:
Gifts of Cash
Subject to certain limitations, your cash gifts are fully deductible in the tax year given.
To spread a major donation over time, you may designate a pledge and make gifts over a predetrmined period. Contact our development staff for a pledge form.
A wonderful way to give is by recognizing someone living, or memorializing someone who has passed away, by honoring a parent, child, sibling, friend, or favorite professor through a named scholarship, commencement prize, or endowment. You may also honor someone by naming one of the classrooms or library levels.
Your employer may have a matching gift program that can multiply your gift to RPTS, even if you are a retiree. Please explore how to increase your support by talking with your company’s human resources department. For your convenience, the Seminary also offers Electronic Funds Transfers to assist automatic gift payments – this is especially helpful for a monthly gift pledge. Ask the development staff for information on setting up an EFT giving plan with RPTS.
Gifts of Securities, Real Estate, or Personal Property
Gifts of appreciated securities or real and personal property offer great tax advantages for you, while providing valuable support for RPTS. These kinds of gifts are normally charitable contributions valued at the fair market value of the donated asset; they also avoid capital gains. For stock donations, your tax write-off is for the entire value of the stock at the time you make the gift, which is normally higher than your initial investment. Ask the development staff for information and instructions to guide you and your finanical advisor on making a stock donation to RPTS.
When you give through a will or living trust, you can do so through specific sums, or for a specific percentage of your estate; your estate will receive a charitable deduction for the value of the property you pass on to RPTS. Or, when you receive a bequest, consider tithing it to RPTS.
Gifts of Life Insurance
Ownership of your life insurance policy can be transferred to RPTS, yielding you donor tax benefits. Any subsequent premium you pay on the gifted policy may also qualify as a charitable deduction.
Charitable Remainder Trust
Charitable remainder trusts provide you current income as the donor (or income for your beneficiaries) and allow RPTS to benefit from the remainder interest at a specified time in the future. Your tax benefits depend on the payout provisions over the life of the trust.
For more information on planned giving, please visit our Planned Giving page on this website.