Why We Give
Westminster is a special place. We are creating a kind of community that is hard to find in the world. We come together from different backgrounds, different cultures, different life experiences, and we declare that we are part of the same cloth, woven together by the love of God. Giving is an important way of declaring that we believe in our ministry – its mission, its community, and its future.
Donating online to Westminster is easy. In just a few steps, you can make a one-time contribution or set-up recurring giving. You’ll have the opportunity to give to the General Church fund or other ministries of the church.
Our secure online giving option allows you to use a credit card, debit card, or electronic check posted to your bank account.
If you’d like to make a one-time contribution as a guest, please click below.
If you’re a Westminster member, log-in and make a one-time or recurring contribution.
We’re All In This Together!
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
We’re taking big steps! We are moving toward funding our ministry in a way that assures that Westminster will continue to make a difference in the world.
Westminster is sustained by the giving goals and gifts of our members and friends.
We encourage everyone who has a stake in Westminster to make a giving goal of financial support to our ministry. You may make a giving goal at any time during the year.
Every dollar of your giving goal and every dollar of our Sunday offering goes to support our active ministry: our staff, our programs and our partnerships with our denomination and other mission-oriented organizations.
Westminster also receives income from invested funds that were given by previous generations of members and friends of our church. We withdraw income from these funds at a sustainable rate so that we can use them to maintain our historic building now and for many years to come.
How To Submit Your Stewardship Giving Goal
Click the button below.
You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.
Click below to access a PDF of the 2022 Stewardship Giving Goal Card.
Mail or drop off your completed Giving Goal Card to the Westminster Church Office at: 85 Chestnut Ave, Albany, NY 12110
Please contact the Church Office if you need to have a copy of the 2022 Stewardship Giving Goal Card (as shown on the Giving Goal Card PDF) sent to you for completion: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-436-8544
As with any other financial decision, consult your tax and/or financial advisor to best address your situation and ensure a plan is made according to your wishes. This is not intended as legal or financial advice.
Wills & Living Trusts
You can make a positive impact on the future of Westminster by including just one sentence in your Will or Living Trust. This gift is a simple, flexible, and versatile way to ensure continued prosperity for years to come.
Beneficiary designations are easy options for supporting Westminster. You can name Westminster as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies after your lifetime. Westminster can also be added as a beneficiary designation to bank and brokerage accounts.
You simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your Will, which means that your gift will not be part of your probate estate.
Not only is it an easy way to give, but it’s also flexible — you aren’t locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations at any time.
Transfer of Stock
You can give by transferring ownership of stock to Westminster. Our investment broker, Merrill Lynch, will work with you to create an electronic transaction.
Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) – See Your Generosity in Action
Make a difference today and save on taxes by supporting Westminster through your IRA.
A Special Opportunity for Those 70 ½ and Older: You can give up to a maximum of $100,000 per year from your IRA (other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA) to a qualified charity such as Westminster. The QCD is generally a nontaxable distribution made directly by the trustee of your IRA to Westminster. You receive an acknowledgement from the church. This can help satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution. The amount of the QCD is limited to the amount of the distribution that would otherwise be included in income. Work with the trustee/custodian of your IRA to assure this is done properly.
A Gift That Honors a Life: Memorials and Tributes
A memorial or tribute gift to Westminster is a meaningful way to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion while supporting our living ministry. We will use your gift wisely to provide for Westminster’s daily needs.
- Tribute Gifts – Express your congratulations to honor someone on a special occasion, birthday, or anniversary. The person being honored will receive a notification of your gift.
- Memorial Gift – Remember a loved one or a friend who has died. The family will receive a notification of your gift.
- In Lieu of Flowers – More families are asking that a gift be shared with Westminster in place of flowers when a loved one dies. When you share a gift with Westminster in lieu of flowers, we will send a notification to the family.