Tests of Sincerity | The Institute for Creation Research

Tests of Sincerity

One of the strongest exhortations for Christian giving is found in Paul’s charge to the believers in Corinth. Paul first praises the sacrificial support of the Macedonian churches who, in spite of “great trial” and “deep poverty,” had given “beyond their ability” to relieve the suffering of believers in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8:1-4). After urging the Corinthians to follow their example (v. 7), Paul then lays down a challenge: “I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others” (v. 8).

If ICR’s work has been a blessing to you, please know we offer a wide variety of ways to show “the sincerity of your love” for our ministry. Several are listed below, and like the apostle Paul we encourage you to consider how you can help ICR’s ministry this fall.

IRA Donors: The popular IRA Charitable Rollover (now a permanent provision of the tax code!) allows IRA owners 70½ years or older to make gifts up to $100,000 directly to ICR without declaring it as income. These gifts are not only exempt from federal tax, but they also count toward the minimum withdrawal requirement! Please contact your IRA administrator if this seems right for you.

Stock Donors: With the stock market at historic highs, there may be no better time to consider gifts of stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares. Shares held for at least one year can be gifted directly to ICR, providing a twofold advantage of a tax deduction at their current value while avoiding capital gain tax. Contact ICR and let us help you facilitate your gift, or visit ICR.org/donate_stocks to find ICR’s brokerage information.

Federal and Military Employees: U.S. federal government workers and military personnel can support ICR via automatic payroll deduction through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our CFC identification number is 23095, or look for ICR in the National/International section of your campaign brochure when making your pledge this fall.

State Employees in CA and TX: Like the CFC program, state employees in California and Texas can give directly to ICR through their state employee workplace campaigns. Please consider designating the Institute for Creation Research on your pledge form this season.

Matching Gift Donors: Many companies match gifts made by employees and retirees to qualifying organizations like ICR. With matches typically made dollar for dollar, this is a great opportunity to “sow bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6) by doubling the value of gifts you are already making. Please check with your HR department today to get started.

Senior Donors: For supporters over 65, Charitable Gift Annuities provide the best guaranteed returns in the market today—typically 4.5% to 9% depending on age. For as little as $10,000, an ICR gift annuity will provide guaranteed income for life, a present tax deduction, and a tax-free portion on future payments—benefits that cannot be matched in the secular marketplace. If you would like to help ICR but still need ongoing income, this option may be right for you. Not all states qualify, so please contact us for a customized proposal. You can also visit the Planned Giving link at ICR.org/donate to explore on your own.

ICR is grateful for those who serve alongside us with their financial support, and we truly “thank…God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3). We only move forward as the Lord provides through you, so please prayerfully consider these special opportunities to support ICR. We welcome the opportunity to serve you at 800.337.0375 or stewardship@ICR.org.

* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris IV. 2016. Tests of Sincerity. Acts & Facts. 45 (9).

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