Each year, the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance relies on the Christmas Fund Offering for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund to provide 60% of the annual funding needed to:
supplement low pensions;
supplement health benefits;
provide other direct assistance to retired clergy and lay employees; and
provide Christmas gift checks to low-income retirees.
A number of donors are ensuring that their financial support continues in perpetuity by making gifts to the Christmas Fund through bequests in their wills.
The bequest is placed in the Christmas Fund of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance and only the earnings of the principal are used to support the mission of the Christmas Fund.
This is a great way to make a lasting gift to the Fund for Ministerial Assistance to ensure that its mission continues to meet future needs.
Language for your will should read:
“I give and bequeath to the Christmas Fund of The United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, Inc., incorporated in 1885 under the laws of the State of Connecticut and having an office at 475 Riverside Drive, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10115, the sum of
____________________ ($______________) for its uses and purposes.”
For more information, please contact the Rev. Keith A. Tussing, Major Gifts/Planned Giving Officer, United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, toll-free at 1.800.642.6543, ext. 2718 (212.729.2718) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.