Most of us overlook the opportunity to make an estate plan, AND if we do, we often fail to include charitable planning in our estate plans. When we do take the time to plan end-of-life gifts, we not only give our families a first-hand example of generosity, we literally pass on a legacy that extends the Biblical calling to be a blessing.

It is estimated that only 8 percent of those with wills or living trusts include a charitable gift. That idea is just not “top of mind” when we are talking about those end-of-life issues. What better time and what better way to pass on our stewardship values to the next generations.

We hope that more people will finish their lives as they lived them, remembering to support the work of Christ’s kingdom and remembering to bless their families. Such giving must be planned while one is able to plan. Making the very best gifts to family and ministry in a planned, intentional way can bring the benefits of lower taxes, assurance of income for family members and joy from knowing you have been generous.

Charitable gift planning involves the spiritual stewardship process of looking at a person’s financial situation with a trained counselor who shares your faith, gives you options and supports you in implementing the plan option that you select.

For more information on blessing your family and the Luther Ministries of Mercy you care about, please contact: Karen R. Mathison, CFRE at 419-779-4913 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..