Smarter Ways to Give

If you are looking for other ways to support the Church beyond writing a check or using a credit card, you have come to the right place! Below are smarter ways to give that may work better for you and ensure the good works of the Church for a brighter future!

Stocks/Bonds | Charitable IRA Transfers (QCDs)Gifts that Pay You Income | Gifts in a Will | Donor Advised FundsCombined Federal Campaign (CFC) |  Employer matching gifts

Stocks/Bonds

Gifts of long-term, appreciated stocks and bonds are a smarter way to give because they provide a potential double benefit: You will be eligible for both a charitable tax deduction for the value of the securities on the day you transfer, and you may not be responsible for taxes on any gains from the time you acquired them. To make a gift of stock to the church, please provide the following to your broker to initiate the transfer:

Firm to Transfer Securities to:
Morgan Stanley
DTC Number:
0015
Account Number:
504-049332-066

Note to send with transfer:
Your name and what you want the gift to support (i.e. Annual Appeal, Retired Priest Collection, Benefit of X Parish, etc…).

Archdiocese of Washington Contact:
Joanne Pipkin, Director of Donor Relations and Gift Planning
(301) 853-4486 | [email protected]

Morgan Stanley Contact:
Barbara Smallwood
(202) 292-5482 | Efax: (202) 459-9608 |[email protected]

Charitable IRA Transfers (QCDs)

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 each year directly from your traditional IRA account to the Church of Washington.

This smarter way to give may satisfy a portion or all of your annual required minimum distribution (RMD) and serve as a qualified charitable distribution for your IRA, which can save you on taxes even if you do not itemize! Contact your plan custodian to complete the IRA transfer. Call Joanne Pipkin at (301) 853-4486 if you need help. The Archdiocese of Washington’s tax identification number (EIN) is 53-0196550.

Important notes on Charitable IRA Transfers (QCDs):

  • This special way to give only applies to traditional or ROTH IRAs. Other retirement plans, such as the 401k, 403b and others do NOT qualify.
  • While The SECURE Act did change the required minimum distribution (RMD) age to 72 for those under 70 ½ as of December 31, 2019, it DOES NOT change the age eligibility for making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) through an IRA. For those who are between 70 ½ and not yet 72, the QCD amount simply would not offset this year’s RMD because none are owed yet.
  • The CARES Act removes RMD from all IRA owners for 2020. If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you may still support the Church through a qualified charitable distribution in 2020. However, since no RMD is owed in 2020, the gift will not offset any future RMD, except for the fact that the IRA account balance would be lower.
  • If your IRA custodian provides you with an IRA checkbook where you can directly write the check to the Archdiocese of Washington, please consider mailing the check no later than December 10. Due to different IRS requirements for this type of transfer, we need the necessary time to process your generous gift.

Gifts that pay you income

Many of the faithful like to make a gift to the Church that provides a tax deduction, pays income to them every year of their life – all while knowing that the gift will make a legacy impact for future generations. This type of gift is called a Charitable Gift Annuity, and it is a simple agreement we prepare for you.

Call Joanne Pipkin at (301) 853-4486 to learn more!

Gifts in a will

Make a gift to the Church in your will and insure your values are remembered for future generations of the faithful! If you have included your parish and/or the Church of Washington in your will, let us know by calling Joe Gillmer at (301) 853-5375 or by emailing [email protected] so we may honor you with induction into the Church of Washington’s Legacy Society.

If you are planning to make a gift to the Church in your will, below is sample language to share with your estate planning attorney to be sure your intentions will be made and strengthen the Church for future generations!

If your gift is to be your residuary estate:
“All of the rest, residue and remainder of my property and estate, including any lapsed or disclaimed legacies of any character, whenever acquired and wherever situated, to which I or my estate may be in any manner entitled at the time of my death, including any property or estate as to which I may have any power of disposition or appointment (all of which is my “residuary estate”), shall be disposed of as follows:

I give, bequeath and devise my residuary estate in fee simple absolute to the Archdiocese of Washington (Tax ID No. 53-0196550), located at 5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782, for the benefit of __________ (name a program, ministry or the Annual Appeal here).”

If your gift is to be a percentage of your residuary estate:
“All of the rest, residue and remainder of my property and estate, including any lapsed or disclaimed legacies, of any character, whenever acquired and wherever situated, to which I or my estate may be in any manner entitled at the time of my death, including any property or estate as to which I may have any power of disposition or appointment (all of which is my “residuary estate”), shall be disposed of as follows:

I give, bequeath and devise _____ percent ( ___%) of my residuary estate in fee simple absolute to the Archdiocese of Washington (Tax ID No. 53-0196550), located at 5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782, for the benefit of __________ (name a program, ministry or the Annual Appeal here).”

If your gift is to be a specific amount of cash or securities:
“I give, bequeath and devise ___________ dollars ($ _______) or ______ shares of my ________ stock to the Archdiocese of Washington (Tax ID No. 53-0196550), located at 5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782, for the benefit of __________ (name a program, ministry or the Annual Appeal here).”

If your gift is real estate:
“I hereby direct my [executor/executrix/personal representative] to sell my real estate located at [address/city/state], and give the net sales proceeds to the Archdiocese of Washington (Tax ID No. 53-0196550), located at 5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782, for the benefit of __________ (name a program, ministry or the Annual Appeal here).”

Donor Advised Funds

We accept donations from Donor Advised Funds for any ministry program of the Church! If you have a donor advised fund held by Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable, click here to process your donor advised fund gift. For all other Donor Advised Funds, please have your provider mail checks with a note that includes your name and what you want your gift to support to:

Archdiocese of Washington
Office of Development
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

If you have questions about making a gift from your Donor Advised Fund, please contact Joanne Pipkin at (301) 853-4486. The Archdiocese of Washington’s tax identification number (EIN) is 53-0196550.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

Members of the Federal community can now support the Church of Washington (#71625) through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)! Employees of the Federal government, active duty military, United States Postal Service, Federal government retirees, and Federal government contractors are all able to give through the CFC program! To sign up to give to the Church through CFC, please visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome and search for “ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON” or enter #71625.

Employer Matching Gifts

Did you know that tens of thousands of companies offer to match charitable gifts their employees make each year? If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to enhance or even DOUBLE the impact of your gift to the Church! Below is a search tool to check to see if your company matches charitable gifts. If you do not see your company in the search, contact your Human Resources department and inquire about matching gifts.

Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant information provided by Double the Donation.