The most effective way to maximize giving, minimize taxes and build the Kingdom? Here it is!

What’s the advantage of donating appreciated assets through The Cru Foundation? Example: Stock purchased at $2,000 — Valued today at $20,000 — Gain: $18,000        • Donate stock through TCF = $20,000 for ministry No capital gains tax on charitable donation of stock VS.        • Sell the stock and donate proceeds = $15,240 for ministry $20,000 – $4,760 in capital gains …

Generosity Monk – by Gary Hoag

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalm 96:12 “Divine wisdom has dispersed woods and forests in more or less abundance all over the world. In some countries they are at great distances. In others they take up several leagues, and raise their majestic heads to the clouds. Neither …

The benefits of a Great Commission Fund

You may be familiar with the convenient and effective giving vehicle called a Donor Advised Fund — we call it a “Great Commission Fund” — And perhaps you’ve even heard of the basic benefits that have made this kind of fund so popular: tax savings, streamlined giving, and easier record keeping. A Great Commission Fund can be used to make …

Amy Raper: Hospitality is love in action

Hospitality is “meeting the needs of others through the use of one’s resources, specifically in and through the context of the home. Hospitality is love in action. It would also say that hospitality is not limited to the realm of home. Anyone in any situation can exercise hospitality simply by meeting another person’s need (whether they be physical, emotional or …

An Amazing Multi-Tasker: How a CGA Works for You

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) allows you to accomplish two things at once: making a significant gift and helping meet your income needs. How it works: Once you establish a Charitable Gift Annuity, the payout you receive regularly is locked in at this rate, no matter the condition of the stock market, making this the perfect time to establish your …

Jeremy Taylor: Comfort Generously

He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11 Black Saturday. Long before merchandisers affixed that label to the Friday after Thanksgiving, leaders in church history named it as such because on …

Philip Graham Ryken: Sowing to the Spirit

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all …

IRA FAQ: Marsha Stevens

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian directly to a qualified charity (payable to that charity). QCDs can be counted towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year, if certain rules are met. In addition to the benefits of giving to Cru, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, …

Alphonsus Liguori: The Love of God and Attachments

“If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has tried to bring you out of your sinful life, to break your attachment to the things of earth and draw you to His love.” …

Eric Fleshood: Receiving the Kingdom

I remember well the acute anticipation I felt leading up to my wedding day. The knowledge that I would receive a great gift: the person with whom I shared so much joy would be my wife. I was filled with a longing, a spiritual energy, and a happiness that anyone could see on my face. In the meantime, there were …