Giving Methods

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Cash

You can give cash during Sunday-morning worship services or drop it off at Bethany church office during normal business hours (location).


Online

You can give a tithe or a donation online here


Check or Money Order

Checks or money orders can be given in three ways:

  • Placed in the offering plate during Sunday-morning worship
  • Dropped off at the Bethany church office (location)
  • Mailed to:
Bethany Presbyterian Church
Attn. Contributions
2483 Baltimore Pike
Oxford, PA 19363


Direct Deposit

Simplify your giving by authorizing an automated transfer of funds for your regular tax-deductible giving to Bethany. You may choose monthly or twice-monthly transfers from your bank account directly to the church account. Simply visit your bank and fill out the proper paperwork.


Tribute Gifts

Whether it’s a birthday, graduation, or promotion, the arrival of a new grandchild, a wedding or anniversary, Mothers' Day, or another special day or event that’s close to your heart — these special occasions are wonderful opportunities to honor those remarkable people in your life with a Living Tribute gift to Bethany Presbyterian Church. A Living Tribute gift also provides a lasting memorial to a departed loved one.
You will have peace of mind knowing that gifts that pay tribute to loved ones or cherished events will help Bethany Presbyterian Church continue its mission in encouraging all people to pursue a lifelong, joyous relationship with Jesus Christ.


Gifts of Stock

You may also give by donating stock gifts. When stock gifts are given directly to the church, there are tax advantages associated with giving appreciated stock.


Wills or Living Trusts

We hope you'll consider including a gift to Bethany Presbyterian Church in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

Simplicity. You just need to add a few sentences in your will or trust. The official legal bequest language for Bethany Presbyterian Church is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise, and bequeath to Bethany Presbyterian Church in Oxford, PA, whose location on the date of the drafting of this will is 2483 Baltimore Pike Oxford, PA 19363, [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.

Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us. 

Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.


Retirement Assests

Want to get the most value from your nest egg, protect your heirs from heavy taxes and make your mark at our organization? Consider leaving a portion of your retirement plan assets to Bethany Presbyterian Church.

How It Works:
If you die with retirement plan assets in your estate, those assets are subject to income taxes. This can reduce the amount that normally would be passed to heirs by up to 39.6 percent. In contrast, as a nonprofit organization, we are tax-exempt and eligible to receive the full amount and bypass any federal taxes. Income taxes can be eliminated or reduced through a carefully planned charitable gift. Consider these gift options:

Designate Bethany Presbyterian Church as the primary beneficiary for a percentage (1 to 100 percent) of your retirement plan assets.

Designate a specific amount to be paid to us before the remainder is divided among family beneficiaries.

Make us the contingent beneficiary to receive the balance only if your loved one, as the primary beneficiary, doesn't survive you.


Charitable Gift Annuities

If you'd like to support our mission and receive steady payments during your retirement years, a charitable gift annuity may be right for you.

How It Works: Through a simple contract, you agree to make a donation of cash, stocks or other assets to Bethany Presbyterian Church. In return, you receive (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life. In addition to providing a gift to Bethany Presbyterian Church and receiving fixed payments for life, you also receive these benefits:

Your initial gift is partially income tax–deductible. 

Your charitable gift annuity payments are partially income tax–free throughout your estimated life expectancy. 

Your payments are not affected by ups and downs in the economy. 

The gift annuity can be for one or two people, so your spouse or another loved one can also receive payments for life. 

If you use appreciated stock to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy.

Please contact your financial advisor, CPA, or estate planning attorney to discuss whether this strategy may be beneficial.


Charitable Remainder Trusts

With a charitable remainder trust, you can receive income each year for the rest of your life from assets you give to the trust you create. Your income can be either variable or a fixed amount. After your lifetime, the balance in the trust goes to the charities of your choice.  

Your Possible Benefits:
A partial charitable income tax deduction
Potential for increased income
Up-front capital gains tax avoidance
Professional management of trust assets available

Please contact your financial advisor, CPA, or estate planning attorney to discuss whether this strategy may be beneficial.


Charitable Lead Trusts

Do you want to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Bethany Presbyterian Church, yet don't want to give up any assets that you'd like your family to receive someday? You can have it both ways with a charitable lead trust.

How It Works: You give assets to a trust that pays Bethany Presbyterian Church an income for a number of years (which you select). The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings for you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family, or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members down the line (typically children and grandchildren) at a minimal cost.
There are two basic types of charitable lead trusts: a grantor lead trust and a non grantor or family lead trust. Which one is right for you? In a grantor lead trust, you are considered the owner of the trust. You receive the remainder interest at the end of the trust's term. As the owner, you are taxed on all the income. You are entitled to claim a current federal income tax deduction for the present value of the income payments to charity. This type of trust works well if it is funded with municipal bonds. A more popular option is the non grantor or family lead trust. With this type of trust, your family members receive the remainder interest at the end of the trust's term. You do not qualify for an income tax deduction. However, you will receive a charitable gift tax deduction for the present value of the charity's interest. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members down the line at a minimal tax cost. This type of charitable lead trust might be appealing to Bethany Presbyterian Church supporters who have appreciating assets and are financially comfortable enough that they can forgo investment income on some assets.
Please contact your financial advisor, CPA, or estate planning attorney to discuss whether this strategy may be beneficial