Giving to First Church
Giving is an act of faith. Neuroscience has proven that practicing generosity, including habitual giving, makes us happier than keeping all of our money for ourselves. Sounds a bit cheeky coming from a church—but we believe it, because we have seen generosity’s soul-magic work wonders in our lives. We “plant” our treasure in a community garden (so to speak), and watch it yield more than it ever would in our private plot. What Jesus said is true: “where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.” [Matthew 6:21]
Your financial giving to First Church Berkeley is what provides the vital revenue needed for the operation and maintenance of our buildings, paying our staff, and funding the important work of our ministries. Your gifts help further the mission and values of First Church Berkeley. And if you’d like to learn more about how we spend our money, and understand more about our sources of giving and financial health, read through our Annual Report. All of our budget information is publicly available. Your support of First Church Berkeley, whether through your financial support, participating in worship, volunteering, being active in our ministries, and keeping the congregation and wider community in your prayers – is deeply needed and appreciated. Thank you!
Ways to Give
Become a Sustaining Giver to First Church Berkeley
Set up Automatic Giving through Realm Database
Requires signup – contact Kit Dunbar, Church Business Manager, at email@example.com
First Church Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Make a one-time gift to First Church Berkeley
Donate Stock or other Securities
Donating securities is a wonderful way to make a charitable gift to First Church Berkeley. The process is simple with the following information:
Broker: Morgan Stanley
Attn: Egan Brown
Email Address: Egan.Brown@morganstanley.com
Account Name: First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Account Number: 030-129580-244
Please contact First Church Berkeley’s Business Manager, Kit Dunbar, at 510-225-6814 or firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the church about what stock(s) you are donating (name and number of shares), and how the stocks should be applied, and so we may credit and thank you for your contribution! Your securities will be transferred to Egan Brown, First Church Berkeley’s designated broker. We will sell the stocks upon receipt. You will receive a letter from the First Church Berkeley Business Manager detailing your gift for tax purposes. Please contact Kit Dunbar if you have questions.
Become a member of First Church Berkeley’s Legacy Circle through your planned giving
The Legacy Circle supports these types of legacy gifts, including:
- Bequests to First Church Berkeley in your will or revocable trust.
- Designating First Church Berkeley as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement account.
- Designating First Church Berkeley as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Pooled Income Fund Gifts
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
- Donations of marketable Real Estate
Learn more about Planned Giving and the First Church Berkeley Legacy Circle by reading the Legacy Giving FAQ.
Learn more about the planned giving programs of United Church Funds (UCF), the leading provider of investment management and planned giving services to the United Church of Christ churches and ministries. For more information on setting up a Charitable Gift Annuity, Pooled Income Fund gift, or Charitable Remainder Trusts, visit https://ucfunds.org/planned-giving/.
Stewardship Educational Resources
Just as we don’t view stewardship as a “once a year” thing, like only thinking about “annual pledging to the operating budget,” First Church Berkeley considers stewardship a year-round faith-inspired activity which will ensure the long-term sustainability of this important faith institution in Berkeley and the broader community. Likewise, our church’s stewardship program includes an emphasis on continual congregational engagement and education. We try to hold 2-3 workshops per year on a variety of topics, including financial management, wills and bequests, and planned giving. Previous workshop materials and upcoming opportunities are shown below.
- “Foundations for Financial Wholeness”
Presented by First Church Berkeley young adult member, Anna Gustafson, in spring 2020.
“Last Wishes Workshops”
You can participate in any of the workshops, or all three. Free of charge. Please RSVP to Louise Halsey at email@example.com to secure your space in the workshops. Go to https://www.firstchurchberkeley.org/last-wishes-workshop/ for more information.
Saturday May 30, 10-11:30am: Funeral & Memorial Service Planning
Louise Specht, Rev. Molly Baskette and Derek Tam
Clarify your wishes and hopes for the kind of service you would like to be remembered in. We’ll sing hymns, talk about location, participation, prayers, rituals and more, and will keep a completed copy of your plans on file in the church archives for the (hopefully far-off) day when we will need them to fulfill your wishes.
Saturday June 13, 10-11:30am: Wills, Trusts and Legacy Giving
Nick Kukulan, co-Chair, Stewardship, Finance & Administration Ministry and Rev. Andy DeBraber, Major Gifts Officer, United Church of Christ
Explore the world of wills, trusts and legacy giving to your church or any other community/agency you would like to support after your death. Find out the mechanisms so you can finally do these important tasks you have possibly been putting off for years. Parents and young adults most welcome!