Financial LeadershipWays to Give
Giving Clubs- Individuals and families who provide annual financial leadership to Cross Trails Ministry in the amount of $300 or more are called, “Trail Blazers” while congregations who provide annual financial leadership of $1000 or more become part of our Congregational Giving Club. Their support sets the pace and leads the way for others to share in this vital ministry. These gifts make all the difference for experiences at Cross Trails Ministry. These gifts enable us to offer outstanding programs, maintain the day to day operations of all sites, provide camperships, and continually update our facilities.
Click here for a list of current Giving Club Members- Coming Soon!
Buy a Brick- You can now honor a special person or event by purchasing a brick to be added to the new, rustic brick pathways at Camp Chrysalis. For $100 you can purchase a rectangular brick with up to four lines of text with up to fourteen characters per line, including spaces. For $75 you can purchase a square brick with up to three lines of text with up to ten characters per line, including spaces. (Cross Trails reserves the right to approve any text submitted.)
Congregation Events- A wonderful way to promote and support Cross Trails Ministry is to host a “Cross Trails Sunday” in your home congregation. We tailor these days to meet the needs of your congregation. Options include, but are not limited to, Pastor Jennifer Gold preaching during worship, a Cross Trails Ministry year-round staff person leading Adult Sunday School, being available during a reception to greet members, setting up a display for congregation members to see all that is happening within Cross Trails Ministry, and so much more.
Employer Matching Funds- Does your employer providing matching funds for donations you make? Employee matching gifts (also known as matching funds) are grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Employee matching gifts are often dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some companies may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts. Procedures vary with each company, so ask about matching gifts from your human resource department.
Endowment Fund- As we look to the future we are excited about all that is ahead as God continues to lead us in new directions. But we’ve also learned that it is our responsibility to be careful stewards of our gifts and resources. To help ensure growth and sustainability for this ministry we have established the Cross Trails Ministry Endowment Fund. When you send your gift marked endowment fund, it will join the funds of others to build Cross Trails Ministry. The Fund will provide monetary support for unbudgeted expenses in 2 primary areas: camperships & specialized or new program funding.
Gifts in Kind- Cross Trails Ministry accepts in-kind donations from individuals, organizations and congregations. Gifts of animals or vehicles require staff evaluation prior to acceptance. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law based on a value assigned by the giver. Here are site specific lists that identify items that we could use (new or gently used) to make our ministry even better. Your help in these practical ways is greatly appreciated!
Life Insurance- Individuals can make Cross Trails Ministry a beneficiary of their life insurance policy. After talking with your insurance agent, please contact us to get our full legal name and business ID number and let us know so we can thank you! This is a wonderful gift to Cross Trails Ministry.
Lutheran Fall Festival- The Lutheran Fall Festival is an annual event, sponsored by the Hill Country Lutheran Men in Mission. This event provides funds to Cross Trails Ministry for special projects. Branches of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provide matching funds for parts of the event. Highlights include youth and adult chili cook-offs, a silent and live auction, a BBQ meal, and a craft fair. In order for this event to be successful, it is important that we have participation from our supporting congregations.
Click here for more Fall Festival Information- Coming Soon
Click here for Chili Booth Registration- Coming Soon
Click here for Vendor Registration- Coming Soon
Click here for Promotional Poster- Coming Soon
Click here for Congregational Bulletin Insert- Coming Soon
Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest- Cross Trails Ministry is a founding member of The Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest and has benefited greatly from the endowments and estate planning they offer. The Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest (LFSW) provides comprehensive estate planning and management services for Lutherans residing in Texas. Through careful gift and estate planning, you can make a long-term impact on the current operations of Cross Trails Ministry and for the future of this ministry. Contact Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest at (512) 272-8538 or visit their web page at www.lfsw.org for more information.
Memorial Gifts & Gifts in Honor of Loved Ones- A gift to Cross Trails Ministry is a wonderful way to remember and honor a loved one. What better than a gift that enables young people to grow closer to the Lord Jesus! Such a gift lives on in the lives of those it blesses. To designate your gift as a memorial or honorarium, please include a note with the gift. If you would like a note sent from Cross Trails to someone other than your indicating that you gave, please provide full contact information for that person.
Stocks- You can make your gift to Cross Trails Ministry by contributing appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or real estate. Your tax advantages are maximized if you donate appreciated assets that you have owned for more than one year. You obtain an income tax charitable deduction for the full current market value of the asset, and you avoid the capital gains tax that you would have paid if you sold the asset outright.
Thrivent Choice Dollars- If you have a qualified investment or insurance with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, you earn Choice Dollars. These Choice Dollars do not come out of your investment but are from Thrivent. Choice Dollars can be contributed to the national Lutheran organization of your choice, including Cross Trails Ministry. By choosing Cross Trails Ministry, you are providing valuable financial resources directly to this ministry. To designate where you would like your Choice Dollars to be dedicated to, please call your local Thrivent representative, or go on-line to www.Thrivent.com.
All donations are tax deductible. Unless otherwise requested, tax letters are sent in January of each year. Please use our giving link to make an on-line donation, or mail a check to Cross Trails. Checks should be made payable to Cross Trails Ministry and sent to:
Cross Trails Ministry