Thank You For Your Gifts
Your gift to support the ministries of Canterbury United Methodist Church is deeply appreciated and will be put to good use. It is our commitment to use your gift in a way that is faithful to Jesus’ Great Commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as yourself.
James 1:17 reminds us that every good gift in our life is a gift from our constantly loving God. When we generously give in return, we tangibly express a response to the love of God.
Financial Commitment 2024
Ways to Give
Mail a Check
You can mail a check made payable to Canterbury UMC to:
Canterbury United Methodist Church
PO Box 130699
Birmingham, AL 35213
Give in a secure, convenient format online. You may choose between giving from your checking/savings account or from your debit/credit card.Give Online
Text to Give
Giving to Canterbury has never been easier. Text the amount you would like to give to 205.336.2111. You will then be prompted to visit a secure URL.
For questions about giving, please contact:
Canterbury United Methodist Church Foundation
The Canterbury United Methodist Foundation gives you the opportunity to serve future generations, by making a difference in the lives of your children and your children’s children. The gift you make today will have an impact on tomorrow.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why was the Foundation established?
The foundation was first established in 1991 for supporters of Canterbury United Methodist Church who wished to create an endowed fund or make some other form of deferred gift in their estate plans that would eventually benefit the vision and mission of the church. Since that time, a number of Canterbury members have made deferred-gift contributions to the foundation. We have a better church today because of this foundation.
How are Foundation gifts different from regular gifts?
Canterbury uses regular gifts to support various ministries within a one-year period while the foundation uses its gifts to provide ministry support over a long-term period.
How can my gift benefit others?
The foundation manages its funds in such a way that it uses only a portion of the investment return — the corpus is not invaded. All monies given are in perpetuity, and your contribution can live on in endless duration to benefit the church and the needs of others.
What are the advantages of giving to the Foundation versus giving to the church?
Both result in the same tax advantage to the donor, but gifts to the church are used for short-term ministry needs, while gifts to the foundation continue to give through the investment returns they produce. The foundation provides the mechanism and the security to accomplish the church’s mission work over the long run.
Does giving to the Foundation provide tax benefits?
Yes. Generally gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible. You should consult your accountant for details.
May gifts be designated?
Certain funds already have a specified direction. If you would like to make an undesignated gift, or contribute to an area that is not covered by one of the foundation’s existing funds, please contact the church directly, and we will be happy to talk with you about it.
How can I give to the Foundation?
Please let the church know of your arrangements.
Planned Gifts to the Foundation Include:
Lifetime Trusts and Gift Annuities
These include certain income-producing trusts established during your life as well as gift annuities.
Will Appointment or Estate Bequest
Examples of this type of gift include a bequest for a specific dollar amount to Canterbury United Methodist Foundation; a bequest of specific assets, such as securities, home and other residential or commercial property; or a bequest as a percentage of your estate.
A bequest of all the residue of your estate to the Canterbury United Methodist Foundation after specific bequests to others, debts, taxes, and estate expenses have been paid, or a bequest of a certain percentage of the residue of the estate.
IRA or Other Retirement Accounts
Naming the foundation as beneficiary of your IRA and similar accounts may have advantages in those instances where the undistributed portion will be taxed both in your estate and in your income tax return.
Bequest to Charitable Remainder Trust
One or more named beneficiaries receive income from a trust established under your will. Upon the death of the last surviving beneficiary, all or part of the principal passes to the Canterbury United Methodist Foundation.
A gift of a life insurance policy with the Canterbury United Methodist Foundation named as both owner and beneficiary. Your payments of the annual premium qualify as a charitable gift.
For more information about the Canterbury United Methodist Church Foundation, please contact: