How Your Church Can Raise Money
and Attract Major Gifts
While providing increased income and tax benefits to your donors
From: Robert D. Cavanaugh, CLU
Publisher, The Smart Giver
Due to the current state of the economy, both churches and people are experiencing problems. Here's a short list...
- Operating in the red.
- Pledges and charitable giving down due to the economic situation.
- Inability to fund ministries.
- No endowment fund and no plan to build one.
- And, according to a 2010 Barna Group report:
-- 150 million Americans have been affected by the economic turbulence.
-- As a result, Americans are cutting back substantially on their giving and have become more pessimistic about the future of economic recovery..
- Low income from fixed income assets such as CDs.
- Ownership of highly appreciated assets that don't produce an income.
-- A large capital gain tax to pay if sold.
-- Less to re-invest.
- IRAs that will shrink 35% - 65% when passed to the next generation.
- Retirees discovering their Social Security retirement benefits are taxed.
I'VE GOT A SOLUTION...
- That will help to begin to build an endowment fund so that eventually the church can fund its ministries from the interest on the endowment fund investments.
- Remove the affect of the state of the current economy on fundraising.
- Eliminate the dependence on annual pledges.
I am going to give you all the information, resources and techniques you need to:
- Increase your income.
- Reduce your taxes.
- And, if your estate will be faced with estate transfer costs, show you ways to reduce or eliminate those costs so your estate goes to your children instead of half or more to the government.
The real key is that all the techniques I teach also provide a financial benefit to your church as a by-product.
HOW IS THIS DONE?
It's through a new training course offered by The Smart Giver. The Smart Giver is a 16 issue subscription to bi-weekly charitable giving, financial and estate planning techniques designed to solve these problems.
WITH THIS COURSE, YOU'LL DISCOVER...
If you are a senior citizen, how you can double your spendable income from a CD and have more money for food, gas and other essentials.
If you are an individual who finds your home much too big and too expensive to maintain, you'll discover you how you can sell without a capital gain tax, buy a smaller home or condo for cash and receive a safe, lifetime income.
If you want to save more for retirement, but are contributing the maximum the law allows to your 401(k) plan, you can get up a special retirement plan to save more. It grows tax-deferred and even accepts contributions other than cash, like appreciated stock or real estate.
Are your Social Security retirement benefits being taxed? If so, you'll discover a way to lower or eliminate this tax.
If you are a business owner, who started a business from scratch, I'll show you a way to sell your business without a capital gains tax and convert the business into a guaranteed lifetime income.
How to sell a life insurance policy you don't need any more for more than the cash value. Did you know you can even sell term insurance (which has no cash value) for cash?
How to gift your home to your church and still live in it for the rest of your life. Plus, get a tax deduction that can lower your taxes (thereby increasing your income).
How to pass a 20 million dollar estate to your kids 100% tax-free.
...and many more techniques - 16 in all - designed to increase your income and reduce your taxes.
CHURCHES WILL DISCOVER...
How to finance your ministries from an aging membership on a limited income.
How to attract current gifts and move from operating in the red to the black and take the financial pressure off.
Charitable giving ideas on how to attract major gifts without affecting current giving.
How to build an endowment fund so that eventually your church is financing your (vastly expanded) ministries from the interest on the endowment investments.
How pastors can sleep better at night know that the church's budget is not entirely dependent on pledges.
How your church can have a professional, low-key planned giving presentation made to the church's membership twice a month and see gifts coming in out of the blue as a result.
How your church can do more good because it has more money.
YOU AND YOUR CHURCH HAVE CHOICES...
You can continue to operate in the dark - living on a lower income, paying more taxes than you should, paying a capital gain tax when you sell an appreciated asset, being content with an estate plan that shares part of your hard-earned money with the government instead of your children - and a myriad of other less than optimum results - simply by not having information...
If you are a church, you can continue a hand-to-mouth existence, always wondering where the next dollar will come from and hoping that all the pledges will be honored so you can at least break even...
You can have access to cutting-edge and time-tested planning techniques designed to increase your income, reduce your taxes, preserve your estate and help your church financially in the process.
If you are a church, you can have a planned giving technique delivered to your membership on a bi-weekly basis and begin to see gifts come into your endowment fund so eventually you are operating a vastly-expanded ministry from the earnings of your endowment fund.
HAVE QUESTIONS? WE'VE GOT ANSWERS...
Q: Will every planning technique apply to my situation?
A: No. Every person's situation is different. It would be unreasonable to state that every technique applies to everyone. However, any given technique may apply to your mother, father, aunt, uncle, brother, sister or friend. Furthermore, your situation may change. The lessons can be archived and may be applicable in the future.
Q: This sounds complicated. I don't understand all the tax mumbo jumbo.
A: What I have done is simplify everything. I use layman's language, examples that everyone can relate to and simple before and after summaries. My approach is that you just need to know what time it is, not how how the watch is made. If you implement a given strategy, the details will be handled by your professional advisors.
Q: This sounds expensive. I don't know if I can afford it.
A: Well, you're right. Advice from a qualified professional in this area can cost $150-$300 an hour. However, I have priced the subscription to The Smart Giver at a level virtually everyone can afford.
Q: Can I cancel my subscription whenever I want?
A: Yes. You pay for your subscription on a month-to-month basis unlike a magazine subscription where you pay for the full term of the subscription. If you feel you are not receiving a value, simply unsubscribe. Of course, all the lessons you have received are yours to keep.
Q: How much can I increase my income or reduce my taxes?
A: Since most of the techniques taught apply to assets, the increase in income or the reduction in taxes will depend on the size of the asset. On the low end, I have a lesson about a $50,000 CD where the application of the technique increased the person's income by a couple hundred dollars a month and created a $20,000 income tax deduction. Larger assets can produce increases in income of much larger amounts and savings ranging from tens of thousand of dollars all the way up to savings in the millions.
Q: My attorney, accountant, et al, takes care of all this stuff.
A: Most of your professional advisors are qualified to help you in the areas I teach. However, my experience over about 40 years is that most are too busy just handling the business they have; many do not feel it is their responsibility to initiate the discussion. Just ask yourself this question: When was the last time your attorney called you and said he/she just returned from a tax seminar, learned of some recent tax changes that may have a bearing on your situation and suggested you get together with them for lunch?
Q: Who is Bob Cavanaugh and how can I be sure he even knows what he's talking about?
A: I just celebrated my 41st year in the financial and estate planning business. I have over 20,000 documented face-to-face interviews with folks just like you.
Over the years, I have worked in a number of markets. Initially I built a clientele of about 400 attorneys. Then I went on to work with business owners with their business continuation, executive fringe benefits and retirement planning needs. I also have worked in the qualified plan arena installing pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans.
Categorically, I have worked in the areas of taxes, employee and executive benefits, qualified plans, estate planning, charitable planned giving, long-term care, annuities, IRA distribution planning, and post-retirement financial planning.
Q: Do you have some examples of what the lessons are about?
A: No, not examples of the actual lessons. The lessons go into quite a bit of detail. You can, however, get a taste of some of the topics and problems solved by viewing the short videos I put together on my video podcast site: http://thesmartgiver.com/podcast. Further insight into who I am and what The Smart Giver is about can also be found at my blog: http://thesmartgiver.com/blog.
Q: Our national church has a charitable giving program - why do we need The Smart Giver?
A: This is a two-part answer.
My experience is that many churches have a fine program at the national level. However, lack of resources - both money and staffing - prevent the message to be adequately communicated at the local level.
For example, I belonged to a well-known national denomination church for eleven years. One time, I put on a panel discussion on the subject of charitable estate planning which included a tax attorney, trust offer and me. In the process of preparing, our minister brought me a planned giving manual published by the national church with the thought it might make the event even more successful.
The manual was fantastic! It contained all the latest techniques and tons of helpful information.
But in all my eleven years of attendance, I never saw the manual, we never had a visit from anyone and the subject of planned giving was never brought up.
- Some churches do receive an annual or bi-annual visit from a person who puts on a seminar, generally on wills, trusts and bequests, in a lot of cases after a service. Generally, these are not well-attended (why would someone who already has a will and/or trust be motivated to attend?) and only scratch the surface of the techniques available to help people with various problems.
A few of the largest churches in the country actually are blessed with a planned giving officer on the staff. In both these cases, The Smart Giver can serve as a silent "door-opener" and "another arrow in the quiver."
Q: How do we implement this in our church?
A: One of the bonuses that I provide for subscribers is a report entitled, "Ten Ways to Implement The Smart Giver in Your Congregation Without Spending a Lot of Time or Money." I want to emphasize there is nothing to learn, no school to go to, or no diploma in planned giving to earn. Implementation is simply communicating the existence of The Smart Giver to your membership. Period. Send people to this web page and let them decide for themselves if they can benefit from a subscription. That's all there is to it.
Q: Do we need a stewardship/endowment committee to make this work?
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SUBSCRIBE?
For $29.95 a month you can have access to 16 lessons, each of which is designed to increase your income, reduce your taxes, preserve your estate from undo taxation and help your church financially at the same time.
Every churchgoer will benefit by having a subscription to The Smart Giver. Setting a price that virtually anyone can afford gets the information in front of more people and helps more churches build an endowment fund (which helps even more people through expanded ministries).
You can unsubscribe any time you want without penalties or hassles.
PLUS, I THROW A VALUABLE BONUS - FREE!
The most often-asked question I get from pastors is, "The Smart Giver is fantastic! How do we "implement" it in our church"?
Putting The Smart Giver to work in your church is as simple as falling off a log. It's just a matter of communicating its existence to your congregation. I have put together a second special report that I include as a bonus entitled, "Ten Ways to Implement The Smart Giver in Your Congregation Without Spending a Lot of Time or Money".
The practical application of the techniques I teach in The Smart Giver by individuals can save hundreds, thousands, even millions of dollars in unnecessary taxes and expenses. For a church, getting the word out to its membership about The Smart Giver is the first step toward building an endowment fund that can fund its ministries in perpetuity. The "Ten Ways..." report gets the church pointed in the right direction.
AND FINALLY, I EVEN HAVE A NO-RISK GUARANTEE...
Try a subscription to The Smart Giver for two months. You will receive four lessons and the bonus plus a couple other valuable resources I throw in for free as well. If you don't see a value, I'll refund all your money. And you can keep the lessons, the bonus and the resources.
So, bottom line: Where's your risk? You have none.
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