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Bishop Child Heritage Circle

The Bishop C. Judson Child Heritage Circle is a faithful group of individuals who have expressed their commitment to bring the Good News of Christ to future generations in our communities and the world by providing in their estate plans for the life and ministry of the Episcopal churches and institutions within the Diocese of Atlanta and beyond.

  • How to become a member

You may become a member of The Bishop C. Judson Child Heritage Circle by making a planned gift to your parish, the diocese, or other Episcopal institution. Membership provides an acknowledgement of your generosity and also allows you the opportunity to witness to your very important Christian decision to be a faithful steward of your accumulated assets. Your gift will demonstrate your strong commitment to assure that the vital ministries and presence of the Episcopal Church will continue long after you have left this mortal life.

  • How to make a planned gift

Gift of current assets or appreciated securities A gift of current assets by cash or appreciated securities is always appropriate and usually offers favorable tax advantages.

  • A bequest in a will

The simple insertion of a clause in your will can assure that a lasting gift will be made to your parish or other institution. Ask about the exact language you should use to designate the beneficiary you choose.

  • Life insurance gift

Since many people have some form of life insurance, you may choose this vehicle to make a gift to the church. If you would like to explore this, you can ask your insurance professional to help you.

  • Revocable living trust

A revocable living trust allows a gift of assets to be made now while retaining the right to retrieve those assets later if it becomes necessary.

  • Life income gifts

Life income gifts provide income for yourself and your spouse for life, and still provide for a gift to the church after your death. These gifts, particularly when they are funded with appreciated property, often provide donors increased income as well as favorable tax benefits. The three main vehicles are a charitable gift annuity, a pooled income fund gift, or a charitable remainder trust. They are available through the Episcopal Church Foundation and may be used to benefit any Episcopal-related institution.

  • Gifts of IRAs and other tax-deferred savings

Persons with savings in the form of tax-deferred funds such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, or other qualified retirement plans, may find significant tax advantages in using these assets for their charitable giving in their estate plans. Tax-exempt organizations are not subject to the income tax that individuals are and thus are able to benefit from the full amount of the gift.

Wording for gifts: It is important to use the exact language to name a parish or institution as beneficiary for any form of estate provision. Please check with the beneficiary you have chosen to get the correct name.

To make a provision for the Diocese of Atlanta, the correct wording is: The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Inc. 2744 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305

For more information, please contact:

Planned Giving Advisor
2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

plannedgivingadvisor@episcopalatlanta.org