Giving to Fairmount

Your generous gifts allow FAUMC to fulfill our mission, ministries and services as we strive to be a welcoming, joyful community igniting hearts and minds for God’s work.  Thank you!

 

Your Giving Supports

    • Christian Programming, Outreach and Missions, Staffing and Daily Operations (Operating Fund)
    • Capital Improvements (Building Fund)
    • Long-Term Sustainability of Fairmount Ministries

Pledged Gifts

Each year congregants of Fairmount Avenue UMC are encouraged to pledge gifts for the upcoming year. We use these pledges to build a reasonable operating and programming budget.  Knowing what gifts are available for our use makes of better stewards of God’s resources and yours.

 

Ways to Give

Online Electronic Giving 

Give a singe gift or schedule ongoing pledge donations using your checking account or credit card. Regular electronic giving toward your pledged commitment makes our budget performance more consistent, improves our financial planning, saves church resources and reduces the use of paper while also smoothing the impact on your budget. Electronic giving can typically be scheduled using your checking account’s bill pay feature or, alternatively, through our partner, Vanco.

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See more about Vanco frequently asked questions.

 

By Mail

Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church, 1523 Fairmount Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, 55105

IRS rules allow a deduction in the year mailed. Please indicate the intended purpose of the donation on the memo line.

 

Gifts of Stocks or Bonds

Fairmount is pleased to accept a donation of marketable securities from your brokerage account via the Minnesota Annual Conference.

Many people can realize significant tax advantages through a donation of appreciated assets held for more than one year. Subject to IRS rules the donor typically avoids paying tax on the capital gains while donating the current market value of the security, which is accomplished by the Conference promptly selling the security and remitting the market value to FAUMC.

Please contact the church office for instructions.

 

Amazon Smile

While Fairmount will not endorse any particular retailer, if you regularly shop at Amazon you may consider its AmazonSmile program that donates a small portion of the purchase price to a charitable organization of your choosing.

See smile.Amazon.com/about

 

Memorials and Living Gifts

At the death of a close friend of relative we often seek ways to honor their memory, and we may similarly wish to honor someone during their lifetime. Fairmount’s Memorials and Living Gifts Committee exists to assist people in selecting memorials or living gifts.

Find more information in the Memorials Brochure.

 

Congregational Endowment

Established in 1990, Fairmount’s Congregational Endowment Fund resolves to strengthen the mission of Fairmount by receiving gifts and—subject to limited exceptions—investing and holding the principal in perpetuity, distributing a portion of eligible earnings primarily to outreach and capital improvement. As a donation to the Endowment Fund is expected to have long-lasting positive impact, please consider it in your estate planning.

The Foundation operates under the auspices of a five-member Committee and is advised by the Senior Pastor and Administrative Council Chair.  Please contact the office with additional questions or instructions.

 

Estate Gifts and Bequests

Please consider remembering FAUMC in your estate and tax planning. You are encouraged to consult a planning professional, as there are many factors to consider.  However donors will generally be afforded a great deal of flexibility in the terms of the gift, including such things as providing for either specific amounts or percentages, or that residuals are to be given.

In addition, donating part of all of your unused retirement assets is an excellent way to make a lasting gift to FAUMC, and may have the additional benefit of reducing potential estate tax and inheritance tax on retirement assets. Donating retirement account assets can generally be accomplished by simple designation of Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church as a beneficiary through a form filed with the brokerage.  Fairmount’s existing Congregational Endowment may be an appropriate vehicle for estate gifts and bequests.

While Fairmount will be grateful for any gift, please consider carefully the restrictiveness of any specific conditions you may want to place on its use.

Please contact the church office for instructions.