Did you know you can give to Decatur First United Methodist Church in a variety of ways; not just through Sunday morning plate offerings, but in creative ways that allow you to use your assets in addition to income? Outright Gifts: Cash, Publicly Traded Securities, Real Property, Tangible Personal Property, Other Property

leaving your legacy

Legacy gifts should be designated to "Decatur First United Methodist Church, Inc. Decatur, Georgia, to be added to the ___________ Fund."

Beyond your outright gifts, a legacy gift to the endowment fund can help ensure the ministries that have meant the most to you in your lifetime will continue into the future. You do not have to be wealthy to give.  You may make gifts in memory or in honor of friends and family. 

With legacy giving, you decide what to give and how to give it. Many legacy gifts offer certain advantages to both the donor and the church. You may designate your gift to benefit a certain ministry area.

popular ways to give

Appreciated Securities — Transfers of stocks or mutual funds may be made directly from your brokerage account to (DFUMC).  To inquire about how to transfer securities, please contact Church Administrator, Jana Clack:

Beneficiary Designations — Donors may make a significant deferred gift to the church by designating (DFUMC) as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.  There are many ways to give through life insurance and retirement plans, some of which may have benefits to donors.  Please consult your financial advisor.

Bequest in Your Will — Give a fixed amount or item (or property) to the church.  Some donors prefer to designate a percentage of their estate or donate the residual amount left in the estate after all other bequests are granted.
Real and Personal Property — Real and personal property such as land, homes, automobiles, works of art, antiques, coin or stamp collections, jewelry, and other items also may be given to the church. 

Life Income Plans — Life income plans such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts may be set up through the Georgia United Methodist Foundation to benefit Decatur First United Methodist Church. Donors receive a charitable deduction when the gift is made in addition to fixed income payments throughout their lifetimes. The remainder goes to the church upon the death of the donor.

For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained. For helpful information in planning, visit the Georgia United Methodist Foundation website: