Planned Giving

Look to the Future . . . Pass Down Your Faith


What is a Legacy Partner?

What if you could do something now that would impact others for eternity?

We have an opportunity to impact others each and every day. Often it’s as simple as asking God to show us ways to make a difference for Him as we get ready in the morning. But it also includes the plans we make now that will influence others for many years to come.

By joining Josh McDowell Ministry as a Legacy Partner, you will help continue God’s work around the globe through a gift included in your will, trusts or estate plans. You will also leave a legacy that that will far outlast your time on this earth and impact others for generations to come.

Legacy Partners Resources

As a Legacy Partner, you qualify for access to gift and estate design services that are free of charge, confidential and conducted by Christian professionals. This discrete service is provided through Campus Crusade for Christ’s (Cru) Great Commission Foundation and is provided to you with no obligation as you design your estate and future giving plans for ministry.

Let’s Start a Conversation

If you are interested in having a conversation about defining your legacy and continuing it for generations to come, contact us at 1-855-833-6897 or at We can help you and your advisors complete your gift in a way that benefits your estate and makes clear your intention to help Josh McDowell Ministry.

As a Legacy Partner, you are helping fulfill the mission of Josh McDowell Ministry to serve others until the whole world hears about Jesus and ensuring the long-term strength of the ministry. By leveraging your assets both now and later, you are making a significant investment for God’s kingdom that will impact lives for many years to come.

Assets You can Give

Appreciated Assets—The IRS allows you one of its most significant tax breaks for gifts of appreciated assets and securities.

Business Interests—Give Josh McDowell Ministry an interest in a closely-held or family business.

—Maximize your charitable deduction and deliver immediate benefits to Josh McDowell Ministry.

Charitable Gift Annuity
—Are you looking for a secure source of fixed income for now or your future? You may be tired of living at the mercy of the fluctuating stock and real estate markets. One solution is a charitable gift annuity.

IRA Rollover
—Find out the new rules for 2014.

Life Insurance
—You can fund a future gift for us from your income instead of capital.

Partnership Interests
—Support Josh McDowell Ministry by transferring an interest in a real estate or oil-and-gas partnership.

Real Estate
—Make a substantial gift to Josh McDowell Ministry through a transfer of residential, commercial or undeveloped real estate.

Retirement Plans
—The balance of your retirement plan may be worth more when donated to Josh McDowell Ministry than to your heirs.

—To make a gift of securities that will advance Kingdom efforts.


Using Your Assets, Business Interests, Stock and Securities for the Kingdom

You can invest in future generations while you’re still here.

josh_dottieDo you own stock, bonds, mutual funds or other market securities which have greatly appreciated in value since their purchase? Or how about land, rental property, real estate or a business?

These assets are usually subject to long term capital gains tax when sold. And that tax can range from 15 to 23.8 percent. Add state tax and depreciation recapture, and the rate could go as high as 30 to 40 percent.

But did you know that by donating an appreciated asset (all or part) to Josh McDowell Ministry prior to sale, you bypass the capital gains tax? And you still receive a tax deduction on the value of the donation. Funds can be distributed to the ministry immediately. Or you can set up a Donor Advised Fund and distribute the funds over time. It’s your choice.

Appreciated assets are expensive to sell. But because of the preferred tax treatment, they are ideal for charitable donations! This can dramatically reduce the cost of making a charitable gift or increase the amount you can afford to give.

For a more complete introduction to Gifts of Appreciated Assets or Gifts of Stock, click on one of the giving guides at the right, and it will provide you with a printer-ready explanation sheet to read and share with others.

To arrange an immediate gift of stock or other assets, you may call our office at 1-855-833-6897.

Ensuring Your Future and Investing in the Kingdom

Are you looking for a secure source of fixed income now or for your future? You may be tired of living at the mercy of the fluctuating stock and real estate markets. One solution is a charitable gift annuity.

How it works:

  • Donate $20,000 or more in cash, stock or mutual funds to Josh McDowell Ministry through our partner organization, the Great Commission Foundation (a ministry of Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ).
  • You (or someone of your choosing) receive a fixed income for life. The rate is based on the age of the income recipient.
  • A portion of your income stream may even be tax free. You will receive a charitable deduction for your gift and the satisfaction of advancing the cause of Christ through Josh McDowell Ministry.
  • A portion of your income stream may even be tax free. You will receive a charitable deduction for your gift and the satisfaction of advancing the cause of Christ through Josh McDowell Ministry.
  • Josh McDowell Ministry receives the remainder of your donation to fund ministry endeavors.
  • Available to anyone 65 years old and older.

Possible uses for a Charitable Gift Annuity:

  • Provide you and your spouse income for life at a rate which is significantly higher than other “safe” investments.
  • Provide for your aging parents and honor them at their death with a gift to Josh McDowell Ministry.
  • Plan for retirement by giving a gift now to Josh McDowell Ministry and deferring the income until your retirement.

Start Receiving Payments Now with a Current Gift Annuity:

If you desire current income, you may transfer property in exchange for our promise to pay you a fixed income beginning as early as this year. You will receive a current income tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift to the ministry.

Deferred Gift Annuity for Income at Future Date:

Perhaps you are not ready to begin receiving income until a future date, such as when you retire. You can establish a deferred gift annuity, receive a current charitable income tax deduction and receive payments at a designated future time. Best of all, because you deferred your payments, your annual payment will be higher than with a current annuity. Email us or call us at 1-855-833-6897 about flexible date options for your future income.

IRA Charitable Rollover

On December 18, 2015 the House and Senate approved the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015,” and the President signed the legislation into law. This retroactively reinstates the IRA Charitable Rollover provision originally enacted into law in 2006 for all of 2015 and remove any expiration date on the provision, thereby permanently extending the Rollover into the future.

The bill allows donors age 70½ and older to transfer up to $100,000 directly from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free of federal income tax and the gift qualifies for the donor’s 2015 required minimum distribution (RMD).

Because it often takes IRA custodians several weeks to process rollover transactions, we recommend that you contact your custodian in plenty of time and notify him or her of your intentions if you’d like to make a rollover gift this year.

Here is a PDF form that, upon completion, can be delivered to your IRA custodian so he or she can prepare the check payable to Cru FBO Josh McDowell Ministry. We also recommend that you mail or fax a copy of this form to Cru so they can match it up with the check when it is received.

If you have any questions or if our office may assist you in any way, please contact our office:

Josh McDowell Ministry
2001 West Plano Parkway, Suite 2400
Plano, TX  75075

Call toll free: 1-855-833-6897, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT—Josh McDowell Ministry Development Office

The view the ECFA notice about the IRA rollover extension, click here.

A Legacy Partner is an individual who has a passion for the next generation of believers and who comes alongside Josh McDowell Ministry until the whole world hears about Jesus.

Josh McDowell Ministry is a ministry of Cru (formerly, Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc.), a California non-profit corporation (tax identification # 95-6006173), located at 100 Lake Hart Drive, Orlando, Florida 32832.

Contact us at 1-855-833-6897 or at


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