Westminster Presbyterian
Church Foundation

"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9:7 


The Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation: A Legacy of Faith

The Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation offer donors like you the opportunity to make gifts or bequests that will have a lasting impact on the church and its ministry. Your gift to the Foundation is never spent - only earnings from your gifts are distributed to the church. The goals of the foundation board are prudent investment of assets and preservation of principal. In the current fiscal year, the Foundation has committed over $300,000 to Westminster. A large portion of the annual distribution goes directly to church operations, outreach projects, preservation of the building, and Fine Arts events. The Foundation books are audited annually by an outside CPA firm. 

Gifts, bequests or memorials may be made to the Westminster Foundation in honor of family or friends, in memory of loved ones, or in recognition of special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) Undesignated gifts are used to further the mission and ministry of the church. Gifts may also be designated for a specific program such as music, mission outreach, Christian education or building needs. No gift is too small, for each is meaningful in the continuing ministry of the church.

This video was created to recognize the rich history of this church and remind those who love, serve and are served by Westminster today that we benefit from the wisdom and foresight of many who have gone before but whose legacies live on through their gifts to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation:

The Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation was incorporated in 1974 for the purpose of supporting and assisting the religious and charitable mission of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Since the receipt of the first bequest in 1975, hundreds of individuals and families have contributed to the Foundation through bequests, direct gifts, memorials and other contributions.

This website provides some basic information about the most common types of bequests and donations. While we hope you find the information helpful, the content of this website is not intended as investment, estate planning or any other financial advice. Professionals with expertise in related fields such as attorneys and investment counselors should be consulted when making these very important decisions. 

Here you will find information about the following:

Current gifts are those made today and that begin to benefit Westminster immediately. These gifts may include pledges (in addition to annual pledges made as part of your stewardship) paid over a period of years in the form of cash, appreciated securities or real estate. 


Future Gifts include a wide range of donations typically transferred after the donor's death. These include wills, living trusts, IRA or other retirement plans, life insurance, savings bonds, bank or brokerage accounts, and retained use of estate.


Another type of investment one can make is a lifetime income gift. Such gifts are set up in a way that you contribute assets to the Foundation while retaining the right for you or someone else to receive an income. There are two main categories of life income gifts, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

To learn more about bequests or to make a gift to the Westminster Foundation, please call the church office, 515-274-1534, or e-mail Jim VandeBerg.


Westminster Society: Recognizing Your Generosity

A gift to the Foundation of $1,000 or more during your lifetime or upon your death entitles you to membership in the Westminster Society. Each spring, Westminster celebrates the Foundation with “Westminster Foundation Sunday.” This is an occasion set aside to recognize the Foundation, those who had the foresight to start it, those who have helped build it and who have since passed away, and current supporters. Individuals and families who have made a gift or commitment of at least $1,000 to the Foundation  are honored with a reception as members of the Westminster Society. These faithful members are also recognized permanently by having their names engraved on the Westminster Society plaque in the Tower Lobby.