9220 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
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Designated Giving Policy (Donor Restricted Funds)

Approved by St. Francis Vestry on July 8, 2019

Financial contributions to St. Francis Episcopal Church are utilized to accomplish our community's shared goals as determined by our lay and clergy leadership. Our annual stewardship pledges, plate collections and special contributions that are given without use restrictions are necessary for the funding of our core operations and programs, and our long-term financial health.

Financial gifts in excess of $1,000 per year with use restrictions that have not previously been approved by the vestry may not be accepted by a clergy member, the Treasurer or any other representative of St. Francis. Annual stewardship pledges or other gifts made with restrictions for non-approved uses may circumvent the communal plans and will of our church, create divisions among constituencies, reduce pledges necessary to run essential operations for both seen and unforeseen circumstances, or come with stipulations that are difficult or impossible to implement to the satisfaction of the donor. Likewise, gifts of physical items with values in excess of $1,000 that have not been approved by the vestry may not be accepted. The $1,000 limit beyond which vestry approval is needed applies to individual gifts as well as to the aggregate amount of gifts given for a specific item or for a substantially similar purpose. Designated financial or physical gifts to the church with aggregate values up to $1,000 that have not been approved by the vestry may be accepted or refused by the Rector at his or her sole discretion.

All restricted gifts, including those below $1,000, shall be recorded as such in the books and records of the church, and the balances of all restricted gifts shall be reported to the vestry on at least a quarterly basis. Material inflows or outflows shall be specifically noted even if the net balance within any restricted giving account has not changed materially since the prior report to the vestry.

The vestry, in consultation with the Rector, shall maintain a list of desired items available to be funded or otherwise donated if individuals are moved and able to give to St. Francis beyond their normal unrestricted annual pledge amounts. This list shall be reviewed, updated and approved by the vestry, in consultation with the rector, on at least an annual basis. The vestry shall strive to develop and maintain an approved list that contains gifts of varying values and types that will appeal to a broad range of potential donors.

Designated Giving Opportunities
Approved by St. Francis Vestry July 8, 2019

Designated Giving Programs for which funds may be received on an ongoing basis in amounts that may exceed $1,000 in the aggregate:
Altar flowers
Holiday music
Holiday flowers
Clergy discretionary funds
Sudan School/Bishop John
Outreach Committee approved in-kind giving opportunities (with prior knowledge & approval of rector)

One-time Designated Gifts:

Up to $5,000
Sterling silver/Glass Altar Cruet Repair (approx. $1,900)
Vestments – Chasuble/Stole/Alb/Cassock/Surplice (approx. $1,000+) (can be gift of one, some or all items)

$5,000 - $50,000
Altar Table - Repair and refinish (approx. $5,000); Replica Replacement ( approx. $9,000)
Technology – new computers, printers and related hardware and software for clergy and staff (approx. $5,000) (can be a gift of one, some or all items)
Harris Hall Furniture (approx. $5,000)
Sanctuary Sound System (approx. $20,000)
Live Streaming Video System (approx. $10,000)

Over $50,000
Air conditioning system replacement (approx. $100,000) (can be gift of one, some or all items)
Window replacements (approx. $150,000) (can be gift of one, some or all windows)
Mortgage retirement (approx. $277,000 as of July, 2019) (can be gift in any amount up to the entire balance)

Designated Giving Policy (Donor Restricted Funds)

Approved by St. Francis Vestry on July 8, 2019

Financial contributions to St. Francis Episcopal Church are utilized to accomplish our community's shared goals as determined by our lay and clergy leadership. Our annual stewardship pledges, plate collections and special contributions that are given without use restrictions are necessary for the funding of our core operations and programs, and our long-term financial health.

Financial gifts in excess of $1,000 per year with use restrictions that have not previously been approved by the vestry may not be accepted by a clergy member, the Treasurer or any other representative of St. Francis. Annual stewardship pledges or other gifts made with restrictions for non-approved uses may circumvent the communal plans and will of our church, create divisions among constituencies, reduce pledges necessary to run essential operations for both seen and unforeseen circumstances, or come with stipulations that are difficult or impossible to implement to the satisfaction of the donor. Likewise, gifts of physical items with values in excess of $1,000 that have not been approved by the vestry may not be accepted. The $1,000 limit beyond which vestry approval is needed applies to individual gifts as well as to the aggregate amount of gifts given for a specific item or for a substantially similar purpose. Designated financial or physical gifts to the church with aggregate values up to $1,000 that have not been approved by the vestry may be accepted or refused by the Rector at his or her sole discretion.

All restricted gifts, including those below $1,000, shall be recorded as such in the books and records of the church, and the balances of all restricted gifts shall be reported to the vestry on at least a quarterly basis. Material inflows or outflows shall be specifically noted even if the net balance within any restricted giving account has not changed materially since the prior report to the vestry.

The vestry, in consultation with the Rector, shall maintain a list of desired items available to be funded or otherwise donated if individuals are moved and able to give to St. Francis beyond their normal unrestricted annual pledge amounts. This list shall be reviewed, updated and approved by the vestry, in consultation with the rector, on at least an annual basis. The vestry shall strive to develop and maintain an approved list that contains gifts of varying values and types that will appeal to a broad range of potential donors.

Designated Giving Opportunities
Approved by St. Francis Vestry July 8, 2019

Designated Giving Programs for which funds may be received on an ongoing basis in amounts that may exceed $1,000 in the aggregate:
Altar flowers
Holiday music
Holiday flowers
Clergy discretionary funds
Sudan School/Bishop John
Outreach Committee approved in-kind giving opportunities (with prior knowledge & approval of rector)

One-time Designated Gifts:

Up to $5,000
Sterling silver/Glass Altar Cruet Repair (approx. $1,900)
Vestments – Chasuble/Stole/Alb/Cassock/Surplice (approx. $1,000+) (can be gift of one, some or all items)

$5,000 - $50,000
Altar Table - Repair and refinish (approx. $5,000); Replica Replacement ( approx. $9,000)
Technology – new computers, printers and related hardware and software for clergy and staff (approx. $5,000) (can be a gift of one, some or all items)
Harris Hall Furniture (approx. $5,000)
Sanctuary Sound System (approx. $20,000)
Live Streaming Video System (approx. $10,000)

Over $50,000
Air conditioning system replacement (approx. $100,000) (can be gift of one, some or all items)
Window replacements (approx. $150,000) (can be gift of one, some or all windows)
Mortgage retirement (approx. $277,000 as of July, 2019) (can be gift in any amount up to the entire balance)


Online Giving

In order to assure the regular flow of operating funds to St. Francis, offer the opportunity of making your contributions through E‐Giving or PayPal. They both provide a secure and efficient way to make sure that your contributions to St. Francis reach the church on a timely basis, regardless of where you are.

Click on one of the icons below to access. You may make a one-time offering or elect to give monthly, weekly or yearly. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Cyrus at bookkeeper@stfrancisgreatfalls.org..

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Designated Giving Policy (Donor Restricted Funds)

Approved by St. Francis Vestry on July 8, 2019

Financial contributions to St. Francis Episcopal Church are utilized to accomplish our community's shared goals as determined by our lay and clergy leadership. Our annual stewardship pledges, plate collections and special contributions that are given without use restrictions are necessary for the funding of our core operations and programs, and our long-term financial health.

Financial gifts in excess of $1,000 per year with use restrictions that have not previously been approved by the vestry may not be accepted by a clergy member, the Treasurer or any other representative of St. Francis. Annual stewardship pledges or other gifts made with restrictions for non-approved uses may circumvent the communal plans and will of our church, create divisions among constituencies, reduce pledges necessary to run essential operations for both seen and unforeseen circumstances, or come with stipulations that are difficult or impossible to implement to the satisfaction of the donor. Likewise, gifts of physical items with values in excess of $1,000 that have not been approved by the vestry may not be accepted. The $1,000 limit beyond which vestry approval is needed applies to individual gifts as well as to the aggregate amount of gifts given for a specific item or for a substantially similar purpose. Designated financial or physical gifts to the church with aggregate values up to $1,000 that have not been approved by the vestry may be accepted or refused by the Rector at his or her sole discretion.

All restricted gifts, including those below $1,000, shall be recorded as such in the books and records of the church, and the balances of all restricted gifts shall be reported to the vestry on at least a quarterly basis. Material inflows or outflows shall be specifically noted even if the net balance within any restricted giving account has not changed materially since the prior report to the vestry.

The vestry, in consultation with the Rector, shall maintain a list of desired items available to be funded or otherwise donated if individuals are moved and able to give to St. Francis beyond their normal unrestricted annual pledge amounts. This list shall be reviewed, updated and approved by the vestry, in consultation with the rector, on at least an annual basis. The vestry shall strive to develop and maintain an approved list that contains gifts of varying values and types that will appeal to a broad range of potential donors.

Designated Giving Opportunities
Approved by St. Francis Vestry July 8, 2019

Designated Giving Programs for which funds may be received on an ongoing basis in amounts that may exceed $1,000 in the aggregate:
Altar flowers
Holiday music
Holiday flowers
Clergy discretionary funds
Sudan School/Bishop John
Outreach Committee approved in-kind giving opportunities (with prior knowledge & approval of rector)

One-time Designated Gifts:

Up to $5,000
Sterling silver/Glass Altar Cruet Repair (approx. $1,900)
Vestments – Chasuble/Stole/Alb/Cassock/Surplice (approx. $1,000+) (can be gift of one, some or all items)

$5,000 - $50,000
Altar Table - Repair and refinish (approx. $5,000); Replica Replacement ( approx. $9,000)
Technology – new computers, printers and related hardware and software for clergy and staff (approx. $5,000) (can be a gift of one, some or all items)
Harris Hall Furniture (approx. $5,000)
Sanctuary Sound System (approx. $20,000)
Live Streaming Video System (approx. $10,000)

Over $50,000
Air conditioning system replacement (approx. $100,000) (can be gift of one, some or all items)
Window replacements (approx. $150,000) (can be gift of one, some or all windows)
Mortgage retirement (approx. $277,000 as of July, 2019) (can be gift in any amount up to the entire balance)

The St. Francis Endowment Fund

"For where your treasure is, there is your heart also." -- Luke 12:34

The St. Francis Endowment Fund supports an endowment fund that will sustain the future of our church through bequests to St. Francis. The fund also provides an opportunity for families and friends to remember loved ones through special memorial gifts.

Our Endowment Fund is vital to ensuring that St. Francis continues to thrive, offering a diverse array of ministries. As our church has grown, we have embraced a commitment to provide meaningful programs for worship and fellowship, outreach that extends both locally and globally, and spiritual education for all ages. The growth of our endowment through legacy stewardship, or planned giving, is important to realizing this vision on a long-term basis.

If you would like to become part of the St. Francis Endowment Fund, consider a gift to the Fund, such as a special donation or:

    • A bequest in a will
    • A life income gift…such as a pooled income fund, a charitable gift annuity, or a charitable remainder trust
    • Gifts of special assets…such as real estate, closely held stock, or life insurance

The St. Francis Endowment Committee

Established in 1998, the St. Francis Endowment Committee manages the Endowment Fund and assists the congregation with understanding the importance of long-range planning. We also encourage parishioners to remember the church through bequests and special gifts.

The Endowment Committee has a three-fold mission:

    • To support parish programs, properties, and outreach ministries
    • To ensure that bequests and other gifts are used in a manner that is consistent with donor designations and stipulations
    • To preserve and, over the long term, grow the value of the endowment principal

More details on the mission and policies related the Endowment Committee are available here:Endowment Fund Founding Documentsand Endowment Fund Q & A.

The committee's services include providing support to families and individuals as they engage in end-of-life planning and arrangements for charitable giving. Toward that end, the committee recently publishedPlanning for Life, a booklet for parishioners that aids in organizing and preparing information and documents for purposes of estate planning. The booklet, which is also available in print in the church office, reviews such considerations as wills, Advance Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, and long-term care, etc.

Contact the Endowment Committee atendowment@stfrancisgreatfalls.org.


Episcopal Church Foundation

"Give and it will be given to you." -- Luke 6:38

The St. Francis Endowment Committee has developed a working relationship with theEpiscopal Church Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organization. Established more than 50 years ago, the foundation assists parishes, dioceses, and affiliated Episcopal entities in their efforts to encourage church giving. Through the ample resources of the foundation, as well as the efforts of our own Endowment Committee members and other parishioners, we are able to provide many documents and guidelines for planned giving. Some of these resources appear in the sidebar to the right of this page, or contact the Endowment Committee for more information.  SFEC and ECF Relationship

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