We love because God first loved us.  We give because God first gave to us.  All of our giving is a joyful expression of thanksgiving and gratitude to God for the blessings we have received.  We also give because we know that others will be blessed.  As St. Paul said, “This ministry not only supplies the needs of the people of God but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God through us.”

Giving feels good. Smart giving can feel even better. Giving from something other than your normal cash income, also known as planned giving, can be a smart way to give. Making smart planned gifts can have a lasting impact, improve your cash flow, provide an income, simplify your record-keeping, or reduce your taxes. This page briefly describes some common types of planned giving. Each person’s situation is unique. Ask an advisor or estate planning attorney which types of planned giving are smart ways to meet your life situation and goals.

Donor stories

Give Now

Gifts that can be given now are called immediate gifts. Some ways to give are with stock or other securities, donor advised funds, retirement funds, and cryptocurrency.


If you give stock or other securities instead of cash, you can free up your cash for other purposes, and you might save on taxes, For example, if you give stock that you have owned for at least a year that has risen in value, you do not have to pay taxes on the capital gains. If you would like to donate stock to Mount Olive, press the button below for more information.

Stock donation instructions

Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) can simplify your charitable giving and record-keeping. You can make tax-deductible contributions to a DAF when it is best for you. You can give property or other types of assets that your favorite charities might not be able to accept. Your contributions can grow tax-free. You can recommend recurring gifts or one-time gifts from your DAF to your favorite charities. No matter how many charities you support with your DAF, the DAF provides the tax records that you need.

If your donor advised fund is with Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, you can recommend a gift to Mount Olive with the DAF Direct button below. If you have a different DAF provider, you can recommend a gift to:

Mount Olive Lutheran Church
2830 18th Avenue NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Federal Tax ID #41-1461244

Donate from your donor advised fund with DAF Direct

Retirement Funds

You can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your traditional IRA under certain conditions. You do not need to report the amount of the distribution as income. This can help you if you must take Required Minimum Distributions that would otherwise increase your Medicare premiums or contribute to the taxation of your Social Security benefits.

Qualified Charitable Distribution instructions


If you give cryptocurrency that you have owned for at least a year that has risen in value, you do not have to pay taxes on the capital gains. You can support Mount Olive by donating cryptocurrency via the Every.org foundation.

Give Later

Some types of planned gifts benefit a charitable organization at a later time, generally upon the death of the donor. These types of gifts, which include bequests and beneficiary designations, are called legacy gifts. The Mount Olive Endowment Fund is one way to leave a lasting legacy. If you plan to make a legacy gift to Mount Olive, we ask you to let us know by completing and returning the following Memo of Intent.

Memo of Intent


A bequest is a gift made through a will or a living trust. It is usually a percentage of an estate or a set dollar amount. The following wording is suggested for a bequest to Mount Olive:

“I hereby give, devise and bequeath ___% of the residue of my estate to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, a Minnesota charitable corporation located at 2830 18th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901, Federal Tax ID #41-1461244 to promote Mount Olive’s charitable objectives and mission.”

Beneficiary Designations

Beneficiary designations can generally be added to assets such as bank accounts, securities accounts, retirement accounts, life insurance policies, savings bonds and some other type of assets. Designating a beneficiary will determine how an asset is distributed at the owner’s death, regardless of the provisions of the person’s will or trust. Charitable organizations such as Mount Olive can be designated as beneficiaries.

Give, and Receive Income

Some types of planned gifts, such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, can provide an income for you during your lifetime. If you would like to support Mount Olive with a gift of this type, we recommend that you contact the ELCA Foundation for more information.

ELCA Foundation