Develop Your Church’s Memorial and Honor Giving

By Donald W. Joiner, November 25, 2015

Almost there! Click above to get to “Memorial and Honor Giving,” from the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries.

The gift planning strategy of a local congregation should be geared to encouraging people to give and to make it easier for them to do so. Honor gifts (donated in the name of living people) and memorial gifts (donated in the name of the deceased) are wonderful vehicles for giving, but many churches fail to make the most of them by having no set policies or sloppy policies on how to handle them. Here are some practical tips.

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About the Author

Donald W. Joiner is an ordained clergyperson, a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Planning Practitioner, and a Certified Planned Giving Specialist. As Operations Officer and Director of Fund Development at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, he leads the denomination in understanding fund development, planned giving and clergy finance. See Donald W. Joiner's website.

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