Helping Westminster Honor the Past, Sustain the Present & Nurture the Future
Class of 2019
Phil Truss - Treasurer
Class of 2020
Steve Rasmussen - Chair
Chris Stephens - Vice Chair
Class of 2021
Sally Bentley - Secretary
Session Representative: Richard Zahn
Church Trustee Representative:
At Large: Cliff Hudson, Alison Taylor
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About the Foundation
The Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation was officially incorporated as an Oklahoma non-profit foundation on May 18, 2001, for the purpose of supporting the ongoing mission of the church for generations to come.
Under the direct supervision of an independent board of trustees, the Foundation is responsible for raising, receiving, investing and managing gifts of money and other financial assets in an endowment fund for the specific benefit of the church, its facilities and ministries. All Foundation funds are kept separate from the church's budget and are professionally managed through its own investment account.
How Will My Gift Be Used?
Your gift to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation will be invested in the endowment fund of your choice. The earnings on the principal amount will be used to fulfill that fund's specific purpose, while the principal itself will remain untouched.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation
You've demonstrated tremendous commitment to your family and church throughout your life. You've given time, money, resources and shared your faith in many ways. As you look toward your heavenly future, what will you leave as a tribute to this life-long journey of faith?
After providing for your loved ones, consider leaving one last testament of faith through your Will that can greatly impact your church, community and world.
Your Will provides clarity regarding:
-Distribution of Possessions
-Guardianship of a minor or management of their inherited
-Assets your loved ones receive
-Your specific instructions
With many of your priorities determined, you can begin looking for a way to make your Will not simply a financial statement, but also a faith statement.
The simple inclusion of your church or beloved ministry into your Will encourages others in their faith, while honoring your own. Bequests can be added when first establishing your Will or through an amendment known as a "Codicil."
-Determine the needs of your family
-List the ministries you would like to support
-Finalize recipients to be listed in your Will
-Contact your attorney to establish, amend or review your
-Relax knowing your statement of faith will live on for many years
A bequest is the simplest and most common planned gift. It is an effective way to excercise stewardship with accumulated assets and is best accomplished when creating, reviewing or rewriting your Will. There are several types of bequests.
Specific Assets Bequest
"I give and bequeath all my shares of A Great Company, Inc., Class A common stock to Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation."
Fixed Dollar Bequest
"I give and bequeath to Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation the sum of $25,000 for the Children's Ministry."
"I give and bequeath to Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation ten percent (10%) of my residuary estate."
"In the event that my beneficiary predeceases me, I bequeath to Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation the sum of $50,000."
Deferred Gift Annuity
This is another way to assure yourself lifetime payments from property you contribute. When you make an irrevocable gift of cash or securities, you will receive a fixed dollar amount annually, which is determined by your age at the time of the gift. After death, the remaining funds are permanently given to the Foundation.
Life Insurance Beneficiary
Life insurance is an excellent way to create a significantly increased future gift through small annual gifts. When you take out a new policy listing the Foundation as owner and beneficiary, all premium payments are deductible as charitable gifts.
Consider naming the Foundation as the beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plans. Careful planning can minimize the taxes due on retirement during life and death.
All donations to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation are taw-deductible and have great tax-saving benefits. For help in setting up any of these gift plans, please contact and member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. You may also call the Church Business Office at 405.524.2224 ext. 223.
What Are My Endowment Fund Options?
The Foundation currently has many established endowment funds.
Good Steward Fund
This is the WPC Foundation’s largest fund and annual grants are made from this fund to the Session for the greatest needs of the church.
The G. Raymond Campbell Fund
The G. Raymond Campbell Fund is the first fund established in the WPC Foundation. The annual income from this fund is split evenly between supplementing the support of our Deacon’s work with the needy and supporting our church members who are studying for the ministry. We have had three church members who have been seminary students in the last few years, and it has been exciting to see the legacy of this fund support their education expenses.
Westminster members have so many missions close to their hearts, including Urban Mission, Infant Crisis Services, Dwight Mission, Habitat for Humanity, S.P.A.R.K. House, Mobile Meals, and TV Ministry, just to name a few. This fund is an important piece to ensure the funding of our church’s mission activities for years to come.
Westminster’s carillon is truly a unique instrument. It is 62 years old and is one of only a couple of carillons in this region that has not been abandoned for recorded music or been converted to be played by a machine. Our beautiful instrument is played each Sunday by a talented artist, Lisa Hart, who climbs the tower steps and produces sacred music for all our members and the surrounding neighborhood to enjoy.
The Education Fund is one of our newest funds. It was established to help support a multitude of educational opportunities at Westminster. This includes the excellent programming in the Pastor’s Class and all aspects of Christian Education in our church.
The Youth Ministry Fund was established in 2010 and specifically supports the hiring of Youth Ministry summer interns as well as scholarships for youth mission trips. The intent of mission trip scholarships is to ensure that the youth of Westminster never miss the opportunity to participate in life changing experiences of mission trips. WPC youth mission trips, both inside and outside our country’s borders, positively impact those communities served and our young people return home more connected to each other and to God.