Support InformationFamily Shield Ministries is a Thrivent Choice Dollars Organization
Donate Through Paypal
Click here to donate online through our Online Giving page. You do not have to have a PayPal account to contribute. Or call the office and we can do this for you.
Family Shield Donor Projects
How can you support Family Shield Ministries and help us expand our reach? The following are a few new outreach projects we would like to do, but need additional support to accomplish. Prayerfully consider how you might assist us:
- Podcast the Family Shield radio program. The cost for the first year is $2,600. Why not consider a pledge of $50 per month to help us? You can sign up to give a monthly gift on the website at www.familyshieldministries.com.
- Expand the Family Shield radio program to KFUO AM 850. Family Shield has been invited to expand its radio network to KFUO AM 850 in St. Louis. The cost for one year is $8,000. To be fiscally responsible, we plan to raise the first year expenses through gifts and pledges. If you, your congregation, or business/ministry is interested in helping make this expansion possible, please send a gift marked “KFUO” or pledge a gift. KFUO is owned and operated by The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. This would be our 54th radio station.
- Design and produce two new gospel-focused booklets to give away to those who call or contact us. Each booklet cost $1,800.
- Giving away complimentary tracts and booklets. Family Shield purchases and gives away more than 15 Counter Cult tracts and booklets on how to respond and witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons to thousands of people each year. The cost to pay for the tracts and booklets annually, including postage is $1,250.
Thrivent Choice Dollars
You can donate your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Family Shield Ministries in two ways.
1) Call 800-847-4836 and when prompted say, “Thrivent Choice.”
2) Say or enter your Social Security number or your Thrivent ID number (this is a secure site).
3) Press 1 to direct Choice Dollars or press 2 to hear the Thrivent Choice program terms.
4) A representative will then work with you to direct Choice Dollars.
1) Visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice.
2) Click on “log in” at the top right of your screen and enter your MyThrivent user ID and password. (If you haven’t registered on Thrivent.com, click on “register now” to register for the full access.)
3) Look for your designated Choice Dollars amount on the right side of the screen.
4) Click on “Direct Choice Dollars” in the Thrivent Choice box on your MyThriventpage.
5) Search the catalog of organizations to find your choice.
6) Click on “Direct Choice Dollars Now” to direct your designated Choice Dollars to benefit the organization of your choice.
Thank you for supporting Family Shield through your Choice Dollars. Please remember that you have to re-sign up each year. Note: They require that donors resign up each year from January — March 31. If you do not re-sign up annually no organization will get your Choice Dollars.
Online Pledge Form
Or use our online pledge form to send us your pledge, or to request more information.
More Ways to Support Family Shield
FUTURE PLANS: Family Shield Ministries is currently in its third year of its five-year Strategic plan. Future plans include hiring our first executive director and encouraging individuals to get involved in helping reach and equip individuals and their families at the local congregational level and designing new resources for congregations and families. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Family Shield has been aired for 22 years. The radio program has expanded to 54 new stations throughout the United States in over 29 states and is also heard internationally. This expansion means additional expenses to cover the cost of radio distribution, airtime, and the important follow-up services. Your gift of $100, $250, $500, or more will help us continue to distribute programs to stations, equip individuals, and touch lives with the Gospel.
Counter-Cult Ministry Expansion. Family Shield continues to help individuals and families who have loved ones involved with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. We help them learn to cope and witness to their loved ones. Your gift of $100, $250, $500 or more will help us minister more effectively to those we serve.
Other expenses related to the radio outreach:
Radio Program Producer and Distribution Manager. Family Shield outsources its production and distribution to a media organization that records, copies, supplies MP3’s, and distributes the programs through its website and snail mail to stations throughout the United States. Your gift of $250, $500 or more helps us continue and expand our services.
Family Shield Response Center
The FSM Response Center takes telephone calls and responds through Facebook, emails, and other communication tools from our radio listeners and sends out complimentary booklets and resources to all who request it. We also pray with hundreds of people each year and refer them to local congregations. Cost for Response Center expenses is $3,500 per year. Your gift of $100, $250, $500, or more allows the follow-up services to be accomplished.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
Witnessing — A Lifestyle Seminars and Workshops
Family Shield offers seminars, but many churches/schools cannot afford to pay expenses related to these half day and one day seminars. Your support can help a district, congregation or school equip their members to witness in their daily life. Seminars include a complimentary copy of the newly produced book Witnessing-A Lifestyle.
Families Use God’s Shield
Seminars that help parents and grandparents nurture children in the home, learn to implement the six traits for healthy families, and share their faith with children and grandchildren.
Promote Family Shield at Your Church or Organization
A great way to support Family Shield Ministries is to place the ad that is attached in your church or bulletin or newsletter! Just download this PDF file and email it to the person in charge of your church or organization’s publications and ask them to include the ad in their next layout.
A COMPLIMENTARY DVD ABOUT FAMILY SHIELD
Congregations and church group leaders can request the four-minute DVD that shares information about Family Shield Ministries to show at congregational services or church group meetings. There is no cost to receive it.
You can also find a sample program on the Family Shield homepage at www.familyshieldministries.com.
Family Shield Support and Giving Opportunities
Have You Developed a Christian Estate Plan?
As Christians we are called to be good stewards of what God has given us to manage. One way to do this is to develop a Christian Estate Plan. Through our partnership with the LCMS Foundation (www.lcmsfoundation.org) Family Shield Ministries can help connect you to Christian Estate Counselors throughout the United States that can assist you, at no cost to you, in developing your Christian Estate Plan. The plan normally includes: 1) a written statement of your faith that can be included in your will or placed with your will; 2) connecting you to Christian counselors who can help you prepare a will or revocable trust; 3) offer you assistance in making a gift in your plan to continue to support of your favorite ministries after you die. If you believe in the mission of Family Shield Ministries, you will want to include a gift to them in your estate plan. If you would like more information in developing your Christian Estate Plan, contact 314.772.6070. You can also contact the LCMS Foundation directly at 800.325.7913. The LCMS Foundation links Christians with giving opportunities.
Stewardship Estate Plan
Estate plans distribute a person’s accumulated assets when God calls them to Heaven.
Estate plan documents allocate estate assets — as per each respective document. These instruments or distribution methods include Last Will and Testaments; revocable living trusts; joint accounts or deeds; and beneficiary designations for insurance policies and retirement funds.
Most estate plans are secular, that is, without consideration for the needs of God’s Kingdom. These tactics contain no Christian preamble to testify to survivors of belief in Christ, and no testimony of God’s blessings on their life. Generally all of the estate goes to the surviving spouse, and thereafter to heirs outright to spend as desired.
Family Shield recommends consideration of a Stewardship Estate Plan. Such a plan does contain an opening paragraph on one’s testimony—knows as a Christian Preamble. These words from the deceased help to spread the Gospel even when the testator is already in Heaven, the good Lord-willing!
Also the Christian estate plan distributes all of the estate to the surviving spouse. But thereafter, the heirs receive outright a percentage of the estate—such as half or 50%.
The other percentage—the other half or 50% of all estate assets in this example—flows into an irrevocable charitable trust which accomplishes two goals: first 5 or 10 years of quarterly income checks paid to heirs (10 years is 40 checks from Mom and Dad); and second the trust principle then goes to named charities.
This half of the estate then does double duty—years of income for heirs; then charitable trust assets to help Family Shield, and other favorite charities—such as congregation, missions, or education. For more information on Stewardship estate planning ideas contact Family Shield at 314-772-6070. There is no fee or obligation for confidential information. You can also contact the LCMS Foundation directly at 800.325.7913.
Life Insurance and Charitable Giving
Looking for a way to make a significant gift to a charitable organization, but financially don’t think it’s possible? If you have a life insurance policy, you might be able to give that donation on a tax favored basis.
Most people have some form of life insurance. Many of us purchased this insurance when we were young. Now that we’re older, the need for this insurance may not apply. If this describes your situation, let us suggest another use of that insurance policy. You can use it to make a significant charitable gift to Family Shield Ministries, Inc. or another charitable organization of your choice.
Here’s how it works:
- Name Family Shield Ministries, Inc. as the beneficiary of an existing policy–either sole beneficiary, or co-beneficiary or a contingent beneficiary.
- Donate an obsolete policy, one that you no longer need for its original intent.
- Buy a new policy and donate it to a charitable organization like ours, then continue to pay the premiums. The donations to Family Shield for the premiums are generally deductible on your income tax return.
- Replace a bequest with life insurance, so you can make a substantial contribution now without reducing your family’s eventual inheritance.
Life insurance is an asset that allows a donor who doesn’t have large estate assets to make a significant gift. If you’d like more information about how it works, we will be glad to discuss the options for your particular situation. Let Family Shield charitable giving people review this with you.
To learn more call the office at (314) 772-6070.
A Memorial, Tribute, or Special Occasion Donation
Special events in the lives of family and friends, as well as memorials, may be recognized through a donation to Family Shield Ministries. Consider memorials for the death of a loved one or friend, ordinations, baptism, confirmation, valentine’s day, mother’s day, father’s day, Easter, births, anniversaries, get well wish, birthday, secretary’s day, retirement, graduation, wedding, Christmas, promotion, or Thanksgiving. These gifts are tax-deductible. Your gifts will be acknowledged through a letter that will be sent to the person being honored or the bereaved family. They are also recognized in the Family Shield newsletter. The gift amount will not be disclosed.
To make a memorial gift, tribute or special occasion donation, please send your contribution with a note that shares what it is for to: Family Shield Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 230015, St. Louis, MO 63l23. Also include a note stating the name of the person the memorial, tribute, or special occasion is for and to whom the acknowledgement should be sent.
Shield of Faith Giving Society
Join a growing number of Family Shield Ministries’ friends and become a Shield of Faith Giving Society member by donating an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the ministry. Shield of Faith members are recognized in the Family Shield newspaper, on the radio program, and in other publications. You may also request to remain anonymous. The Shield of Faith Giving Society Members are individuals, families, business owners, foundations, and congregations committed to helping us accomplish the mission and vision. For information call (314) 772.6070.
Tax Free IRA Gift Opportunity!
Faithful donors often tell us they wish they could make a difference for families by giving a significant gift – the gift of a lifetime – but feel their dream is impossible. The Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollover Law may help you make a significant gift to Family Shield Ministries in 2011 and 2012.
The Pension Protection Act exempts from taxable income any funds transferred (rolled over) from an IRA to a charitable organization with these limitations:
- The donor must be age 70 1/2 or older.
- The cap on annual IRA rollovers is $100,000.
- The contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (no planned gifts).
To complete a charitable IRA rollover gift, you must have your IRA provider issue a check directly to Family Shield Ministries, P.O. Box 230015, St. Louis, MO 63123, Tax id # (call us to obtain this). If the check is issued to you first, you will be liable for the income tax, so please make sure your IRA provider understands this is a rollover gift.
If you wish to discuss the IRA charitable rollover at greater length, please contact Kay Meyer at email@example.com. You can make a difference of a lifetime for families today!
Family Shield Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Missouri. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.