The Covenant Presbyterian Foundation is organized for the sole purpose of supporting the mission of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Covenant established the foundation in 1998 with the generous bequest of $1 million from longtime church members. Since then, members have continued to make commitments to benefit generations to come.
Covenant Foundation Education Campaign
One of the Foundation’s main interests is education and in the summer of 2015, the Foundation started an education campaign highlighting the many areas that it can help with. Over the next weeks and months, you will see regular information from the Foundation in mailings, newsletters and on Covenant’s website. Foundation Trustees will also be available to speak to your groups. Through these articles and activities, we’ll offer tips about:
- How to plan for retirement. Planning for retirement is important regardless of your financial situation.
- How to incorporate charitable giving into your family’s life. Generosity is a core value, and passing a commitment to charity to the next generation is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
- End-of-Life planning and documents. It is hard to overstate the importance of estate planning and having a will. Regardless of your income or age, Texas law is such that dying without a will can leave your family in chaos.
Read a letter from the Foundation outlining this campaign: Covenant Foundation Education Campaign
If you are interested, the Foundation welcomes Covenant members with expertise in financial and/or estate planning to submit articles for possible publication in the 2015/2016 education campaign. Please contact JoAnne McIntosh at email@example.com or 512-617-1974 for more information.
Planning for your estate is the best gift you can give your family. The Foundation’s first article highlights all the reasons for creating a will, warning that Texans who die without a will can leave chaos in their wake—problems that could have been avoided if they had made good plans for their estates.
Read the article here: Estate Planning
Many people have read a few articles about retirement or have used an online retirement calculator to tell them how much money they need to have a comfortable retirement income, but many are ignoring some important questions to ensure a financially sound retirement. Covenant Foundation member and financial advisor Megan Poore provides the questions and more in this article.
Read the article here: Planning for retirement
Complete Planning is providing a list of documents that everyone should consider having to protect themselves and their loved ones in case of a disability or incapacity. Joanne McIntosh, a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Foundation and an attorney, provides the list in this article.
Read the article here: What is Complete Planning?
Generous Financial Giving Principles
Session adopted the financial giving principles in the summer of 2009 to guide stewardship committees and Covenant in cultivating a culture of generosity. Though Covenant has undergone many changes in the period since these principles were developed, the Covenant Presbyterian Foundation (CPF), which recently started an education campaign to help members prepare for retirement, is committed to following these principles.
Read the article here: Covenant’s Principles of Generous Financial Giving
End of Year Tax and Gift Planning
Many of people look forward to the end of the year because it means the holiday season is upon us and we will soon be spending more time with friends and family. However, the last few months of the year also means it’s time to start thinking of end-of-year tax and gift planning. The Covenant Presbyterian Foundation outlines the many items you may want to consider during this busy season.
Read the article here: End of Year Tax and Gift Planning
Overcoming Roadblocks to Estate Planning
Studies suggest that somewhere around 50 percent of Americans have no estate plan. The two articles below address some of the common roadblocks to estate planning, and why and how those roadblocks should and can be overcome. By naming and identifying the nature of problems, sometimes we can have a better sense of how they can be avoided.
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Navigating the health and life insurance markets can be stressful with so many companies offering so many options filled with so many acronyms. Covenant member Joy Baskin shares a story here about how her family made insurance decisions and what that meant for them during JJ’s illness.
Read the article here: One Family’s Story about Insurance Choices
To 10 Estate and Business Planning Tips
Whether you are just starting your estate planning or have had a plan for years you need to review and update, there are 10 things you should do to be prepared. This article provides these 10 recommendations.
Read the article here: Top 10 Estate and Business Planning Tips
Include your Faith Commitment in your Estate Plan
Part of an estate planner’s job is to get you a bit worried about the status of your will. Many of us either have no will or have one that is 10 to 20 years old. Whether your plan is up to date or needs to be re-tooled, there are gracious ways to remember the church in your plans. By doing so, you can let your “inheritors” know of your faith commitment to the church.
Read the article here: Just a Note from a Trumpet
How to Avoid Money Arguments with your Significant Other
Money arguments can pop up for any number of reasons. It is common for one partner to complain about how another is spending money. Disagreements can come from helping family members with their finances or for differences in opinion about charitable giving. Perhaps sometimes you feel like you’re not even speaking the same language. And since that causes stress, perhaps you compensate by avoiding the subject. You’re not alone! Here are a couple ideas for getting your financial communication game back on track.
Read the article here: How to Avoid Money Arguments with your Significant Other
Leave Your Family with Peace of Mind
Your family may want to consider several things if you or a loved one is nearing the end of life. The foundation recommends having a specific talk about your faith and about your ideas about your funeral. The foundation also describes some of the steps you can take to help your heirs get through the post-funeral complications of executing an estate and talks about joyfully dividing your treasured heirlooms. The best gift you can leave for your family is the peace of mind that comes from knowing your wishes are being met. Read the article here.
Read the article here: Leave Your Family with Peace of Mind
A Checklist for Yearend Financial Planning
December is an ideal time to prayerfully consider your finances. Covenant’s Foundation provides a brief checklist — that includes suggestions such as reviewing your will and your retirement savings plans — to help spur thinking on some tasks that may make starting the New Year a little less stressful.
Read the article here: A Checklist for Yearend Financial Planning
Adjusting our Attitudes when it come to Money
Money can be viewed as a source of joy and security or a source of discord and scarcity, with a range of emotions in between. When best utilized, money is a good tool for us to provide things for ourselves and others. However, most of us do not have a comfortable relationship with money. In this month’s Foundation article, writer Megan Poore has pulled together some quotes to help shape a thoughtful view of money in our lives.
Read the article here: Attitude Adjustment
A Small Business Succession Strategy is a Key Element in Estate Planning
Author Elizabeth Christian is owner of a public relations firm that employs 18 people. She has tackled the “somewhat morbid” task of planning for her company if something happens to her. Read this article to learn the excellent tips she got from her friend and experienced tax and estate attorney Frank Leffingwell.
Read the article here: Small Business Succession Strategy
Stay Active: Two Words to Retirement Fulfillment
The author, Scott Ream, was a doctor for nearly 40 years and has been a Covenant member since 1978. Here, he provides some advice and ideas about how to be fulfilled during your retirement years.
Read the article here: Stay Active: The Key to Retirement Fulfillment
Teach Children How and Why to Budget
The author, Megan Poore, is a Financial Advisor at Lucien, Stirling and Gray Advisory Group, Inc., and serves on the Foundation Board. In her article, she acknowledges that the word “budget” has an image problem, but she writes that spending thoughtfully is critical in order to build and maintain a strong financial foundation, and is a key piece of spiritual growth. She provides valuable tips for giving children budget wisdom.
Read the article here: Teach Children How and Why to Budget
A Love Letter: Things to do Should I Predesease You
The author, Elizabeth Christian, talks to a longtime Covenant Presbyterian member about what some may consider an unusual love letter to his wife. This note was not hearts and flowers, it was not sentimental language, but it spoke “I love you” louder than anything imaginable. The letter was a list of things his wife should do if the husband dies first. With the author’s permission, The Covenant Presbyterian Foundation shares his checklist in this month’s article
Read the article here: A Love Letter: Things to do Should I Predecease You
Reasons to Donate to the Foundation
Donating to the foundation enables you to leave a legacy lasting beyond your lifetime to further the Kingdom, to fund our missions and to spread the gospel to future generations. By leaving a bequest to the foundation, you guarantee that your efforts to support Covenant’s ministries will continue, even after you’ve passed on.
How to Donate
Covenant wants to have donors’ full confidence throughout the process of planning their bequests, and therefore asks that potential donors speak with a church representative if they wish to donate to the foundation. To learn more about the process or to get started, please contact Covenant Administrator Duane Dube at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship and Education Building Matching Campaign
The Covenant Presbyterian Foundation sponsored a successful matching campaign for the Fellowship and Education Building that ended July 31, 2014. The foundation matched dollar for dollar the money earmarked for the capital campaign, up to $350,000. Covenant members responded enthusiastically, and we reduced our debt by more than $800,000.
Trustees serve Covenant Presbyterian Foundation by praying for Covenant, serving as faithful stewards and teaching others about the foundation. Our trustees serve three-year terms.
The Board of Trustees
- Megan Poore, Chair/Executive and Finance
- Elizabeth Christian, Vice Chair/Executive and Education
- Larry Faulkner, Treasurer
- Everard Davenport, Finance
- Helene Maham, Finance
- Scott Ream, Finance
- Kristin Schell, Education
- Duane Dube, Staff, Ex-Officio
- Rev. Dr. Thomas Daniel, Senior Pastor, Ex-Officio