Give

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” – Matthew 5: 14-15 

Your generosity is vital. 
Generosity means living for God and others, not just for ourselves. 
Giving to St. David’s is one part of a lifestyle of generosity and an important aspect of our life together as we answer God’s call to us. 


Why I Love and Give to St. David’s 

Britton Gregory
2021 Vestry Member

There’s so much…where do I start? There’s formation, the communities that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of through young adults ministry and — now that I’m a little older — the Middle Place. I’ve made so many friends, learned so much.

There’s the fellowship my children have had through St. David’s youth. My children would be the last to call themselves religious…but they were made welcome anyway. We even got to play a Narnia-themed Dungeons and Dragons game together at youth lock-in! Not every church is so nerd-friendly

Click to read Britton’s full testimonial

There’s the fact that when the pandemic hit, St. David’s rapidly made the transition to a virtual service, which not only allowed me to continue to worship from home, but also from Houston or anywhere else I went!  

But as I thought about all those things, I realize — I’ve been a member of Saint David’s for 15+ years now, as a young adult, as a parent, as an older adult, whether in-person or staying at home, and as a nerd — and at every turn, St. David’s met me where I am, in ways as grand as our building and as intimate as dungeons and dragons at a youth lock-in. So, the question isn’t “why do I give?” — the question is, “how could I not?” 


Thank you from Father Chuck for your generous giving to St. David’s. 


Ways to Give

Many people find creative ways to make contributions to St. David’s ministries through non-cash gifts. Here are a few options to consider: 

Stocks and Mutual Funds 

You will receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of your securities at the time of donation, and you will pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value. To make a stock gift, please email Lisa Maas of CFM Wealth Partners or call her at 512.366.3924. Be sure and let her know you are making the gift. Every now and then we have a mystery stock gift that takes a while to solve. 

Raymond James & Associates DTC 0725 

St. David’s Episcopal Church Account #212UF462 

Vehicle Donations 

Thanks for considering donating your vehicle to St. David’s. The company we use to turn car donations into cash is CARS, Inc. To make a donation call 855-500-7433 or go visit their website. They will need the VIN number and other pertinent information on your vehicle. 

How to Receive Tax Credit  

Per IRS regulations, contributions for each year must be received or postmarked by December 31 of that year in order to receive donation credit for that year’s tax purposes. Please submit your online, mailed, or in-person donation accordingly. 

Church Foundation 

The purpose of the endowment is to provide meaningful, needed enhancements that are important to our ongoing vitality but are beyond the capacity of our annual operating revenues. Our endowment is overseen by our Church Foundation, comprised of the Rector, Senior Warden, and parishioners. Watch this testimonial from Catherine Roberts and Paul Brownell.  

About the St. David’s Church Foundation 
St. David’s Episcopal Church has a long history in community building. Many key institutions in Austin were founded by St. David’s Church and are now interwoven into the philanthropic landscape of our community. One of these institutions is St. David’s Hospital. Today, the St. David’s Foundation is often confused with the St. David’s Church Foundation. While these Foundations have a shared history, their focus is very different. The Church Foundation focuses on providing meaningful ministry enhancements to the parish, which are beyond the capacity of the annual operating budget. John Barclay, current Trustee and Past Chair of the St. David’s Church Foundation, discusses the shared history of the Hospital and the Church Foundation. 

John Barclay discusses the history of the two Foundations. With a gift to St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation, forward-thinking individuals who love St. David’s can leave an enduring legacy. The gift principal is invested and never spent when directed to an endowment fund. As the funds of the Foundation grow, distributions from earnings are made. These distributions support the purposes for which the endowment funds were established. 

Today, the net assets of St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation are near $7 million. A gift to St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation is a wonderful way simultaneously to be part of our church history and of our church future. 

Reports and Policies 
St. David’s Gift Acceptance Policy and Investment Policy Statement are available for your review. If you have any questions about legacy giving, please email April Kerwin or call her at 512-610-3546. 

Legacy Giving

Legacy gifts through bequests and other gift provisions are vitally important to the future of St. David’s Episcopal Church. 

All who love St. David’s are warmly invited to consider a planned gift to St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation, as part of their giving journey. Every household among us is called to think deeply about how to live our faith and to believe that as we are given, we can give. Legacy gifts are potentially for all of us – something to be thought of proportionately to our means, rather than as a matter of how much wealth we do or don’t have.  

Immediate gifts may be made by sending a check directed to: St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation, 301 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701. If the gift is an honorarium or memorial, please note who is to be honored or remembered and where an acknowledgment should be sent. 

Sumners Legacy Society 

The Sumners Legacy Society recognizes those who have made a bequest or other planned gift from their estate. These can be gifts of any size and can be structured as a dollar amount or percentage. They can also be distributed from life insurance policies, annuities, and IRA and 401 (k) accounts. As you consider your journey with St. David’s, we invite you to consider joining the Sumners Legacy Society in your estate plans. 

Preparing your Final Affairs 
Making plans for your funeral, end-of-life medical decisions, and desires for your estate is a final gift you can give your loved ones. Eric Malnassy, Interim Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving, will be glad to assist you and, as you wish, arrange for you to meet with the Rector or with a Foundation Director.  

Planning for a Graceful Exit is a comprehensive booklet for end-of-life planning. Click the button below to see information about estate and end-of-life decisions as well as language for bequests. 

Endowment History

The Endowment funds of the Foundation got their start on December 19, 1941, when the Rev. Charles A. Summers opened the first meeting of the St. David’s Endowment Trustees. By 1967, the endowment of the Parish had grown to a net worth of $238,453. Distributions from earnings are used in accordance with the purposes for which the endowment funds were established. The annual distribution now exceeds what the funds’ net worth was twenty-five years ago. 

In 1993, St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation was incorporated to provide ongoing, consistent oversight to the endowment funds. These funds have been professionally invested and managed for more than a quarter of a century by nationally recognized firms, and this continues to be the case, with Stephens, Inc. providing local monitoring. All the funds of the Foundation are managed and invested together and collectively referred to as our endowment. St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is governed by a nine-member board of directors, including the Rector and Senior Warden. 
Going forward, we have the opportunity to build the funds of the Foundation to a level where they can provide meaningful, needed enhancements to St. David’s Episcopal Church – enhancements that will be important to our parish’s ongoing vitality and ministry; enhancements that are beyond the reach of annual operating revenues. 

Annual Giving  

Eric Mallnassy
Eric Malnassy,
Interim Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving

Thank you for your continued generosity to your faith family. Your annual giving provides life-affirming ministries which connect us to Jesus Christ and to each other. Your gifts directly support: 

  • Clergy who preach and offer pastoral care to us during pivotal times in our lives including birth, marriage, illness, and death, 
  • Musicians who bring us closer to our Christian faith by stirring our souls, and 
  • Small groups and classes for all ages including bible study, movie and book groups which bring us closer to the Holy Spirit. 

If you have any questions about giving, please email Eric Malnassy or call her at 512-610-3546.