GIVING RESOURCES

WAYS TO GIVE

ONLINE

You can give online at gracecityfl.com/give using ACH (direct debit from your bank account) or debit/credit card.

Setting up ACH helps more of your giving to be used toward our mission to lead people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ by avoiding the credit card processing fee associated with credit and debit cards. 

If you'd like to switch from credit or debit card to ACH, or set up ACH giving for the first time, you can do so at gracecityfl.com/give.

APP

You can download our Grace City Church app to give on your phone.

TEXT

You can text your giving amount to 84321. You'll be led through a one-time process to set up your giving account and future giving will be as easy as sending a single text.

IN-SERVICE

You can give in-service ia cash, check, or credit card using the offering envelope in the seatback pocket. Make sure to fill out all information on the offering envelope, including your name, address, and email address, in order to ensure that you receive tax credit at the end of the year.

PLANNED GIVING

Planned gifts are thoughtful gifts of assets, oftentimes over and above what might be donated on a weekly or regular basis. Such gifts often include significant tax-planning and tax-saving opportunities and may necessitate the coordination of your legal and tax advisors. If you'd like assistance with setting up any of the following types of planned giving, please email our Stewardship Pastor Michael Mutz at michael@gracecityfl.com.

MATCHING DONATIONS

Many employers and organizations offer Charitable Gift Matching programs that enable you to double or even triple your gift. Some will even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Inquire with your employer to check program availability. Any required paperwork may be mailed to 730 S Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33801.

Appreciated Assets

Over time, many assets grow in value. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, precious metals, vehicles, real estate, and other property may have appreciated well beyond their original purchase prices. However, the sale of such assets may trigger expensive capital gains taxes. One solution is to give all or part of such assets to Grace City Church. By doing so, you benefit ministry, enjoy a tax-deduction for the full fair market value of the item donated and avoid paying the associated capital gains tax.

Bequests (Wills)

Remembering the church in your will is an attractive option for many donors. Such a gift is accomplished by making a charitable bequest. In general, a bequest is a written statement in a will which directs that a gift be made to Grace City Church upon the death of the person who established the will (the testator).

In order to properly include a bequest to the church in your will, it is important to obtain the proper wording to use. If you decide to make a gift to the church in your will, you may want to include the following type of provision:

“I give and devise cash or assets with a value of $_________ or __________% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to Grace City Church of Florida, Inc., currently located at 730 S Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33801.”

Life Insurance

Naming the church as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or the outright gifting of a paid-up life insurance policy presents an attractive gifting opportunity for some. In order to accomplish such a gift, certain forms must be completed and accepted by the donor’s life insurance company.

Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts provide several distinct opportunities to donors:

1. Make a gift to Grace City Church while receiving an income payment for a term of years or the remainder of the donor’s life (remainder trusts or gift annuities).

2. Make a gift of investment income to Grace City Church for a term of years while returning the original investments at the end of the term to either the donor or beneficiaries designated by the donor (lead trusts). While charitable trusts can be complex, there may be significant tax-planning and tax-saving opportunities with such arrangements.

Retirement Assets

Sometimes donors find they have excess funds secured for their retirement. In such a case, a gift to Grace City Church of assets in a retirement account (401k, 403b, IRA, etc.) may be ideal. Due to intricacies surrounding the tax treatment of such gifts, it is very important to coordinate this type of gift with both your tax advisor and the church.

Life Estates

Occasionally, donors find that their main asset is their home or farm, yet they would like to make a gift to the church. This presents an opportunity to make a donation to Flatirons Community Church through a life estate gift. With a life estate gift, you are able to make a gift to the church of your home or farm, yet continue to live there and enjoy your property until you no longer need it.