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The General Fund
Shining a Light on Contributions

First and foremost, giving is a matter of our identity. We are created in the image of God who is exceedingly good and generous. As we give generously, we fulfill a deep truth of our identity and purpose as children of God. Because giving is what we were created to do, being a generous giver is the way to live a full and meaningful life.

But giving is also a matter of gratitude. Giving generously is a way to thank God for all the blessings we have received: our individual lives; the loved ones around us; our time, talent, and treasure; the forgiveness of our sins; and the promise of resurrection to eternal life. We express our gratitude by loving God and neighbor, following Christ’s teachings, and generously sharing from what God has given us.

Finally, giving is a matter of impact. Jesus told us to make disciples, feed the hungry, clothe the naked…to transform both people and the world. Our generous giving through Second Presbyterian Church makes a difference in the world.

There are many ways to support the church financially: cash or check; on-line through E-giving; automatic transfer from a bank account or credit card (ACH/EFT); withdrawal from an IRA; stock transfer, a grant from a Donor Advised Fund or Family Foundation….

Each gift, no matter the size and no matter the source, makes a difference. Here’s a snapshot of 2018 contributions to the General Fund:

  • The average household contribution was $3,071, while the median contribution was $1,200.
  • 15.5% of our members contributed by Credit Card, ACH, or e-giving.
  • An increasing number of households contributed with stock; mandatory minimum IRA withdrawals; or grants from Donor Advised Funds or Family Foundations.
  • Of our 1111 donor households, 27 (2.3%) contributed more than $20,000 each, while 167 (14.9%) contributed more than $5,000 each.
  • 11.4% ($517,770) came from the Endowment. Most of this is designated for building-related expenses, freeing up member contributions to support ministries and programs.

Because member contributions provide nearly 85% of operating budget, your General Fund contribution is the single-most effective way to support the whole ministry of our church!