Barnabas Foundation

Since 1976, Barnabas Foundation has helped thousands of generous Christians give more effectively to the ministries close to their hearts through tax-wise charitable gifts.

Giving Options

Planned Gifts offer you smart and creative ways to increase your impact, 
often while benefiting your family, too.

  • Gifts in a Will

    Gifts in a Will

    Model a legacy of generosity and support your favorite ministries well beyond your lifetime.

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  • Non-Cash Assets

    Non-Cash Assets

    Increase your potential impact, and experience significant tax savings by giving non-cash assets.

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  • Income for Life

    Income for Life

    Support your favorite charities while securing lifetime income for you and your loved ones.

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  • Stewards Fund

    Stewards Fund

    This donor-advised fund a simple, flexible and tax-efficient opportunity to have tremendous Kingdom impact.

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  • Talk with a Planner

    Talk with a Planner

    Explore tax-wise giving options with someone who cares about your needs and shares your biblical worldview.

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Our Members

Barnabas Foundation is proud to partner with more than 200 Christian organizations, schools and churches in building God's kingdom.

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See our current 200+ Christian ministries

Latest Blog Posts

  • Retirement Income vs. Charitable Giving: You Don't Have to Choose

    Retirement Income vs. Charitable Giving: You Don't Have to Choose

    Are you torn between making a difference and having enough income for retirement? No need to worry! You can care for your needs AND still give generously through a gift that provides income for life!

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  • Give Me the Collection Plate!

    Give Me the Collection Plate!

    “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.’” (Exodus 25:1-2, NIV)

    During worship a few Sundays ago, I watched a preacher turn the sometimes sleepy time of offering on its head.

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  • Charitable Gift Annuities

    Charitable Gift Annuities

    How much income will I receive from a charitable gift annuity?

    When will my annuity payments begin?

    Barnabas Foundation Planner Amy Bakker Baty, J.D. answers client questions about a powerful lifetime income giving option.

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  • Myths of Charitable Giving

    Myths of Charitable Giving

    There are several smart and powerful ways to support your favorite ministries. However, lack of experience or misunderstanding prevents too many generous Christians from taking full advantage of these opportunities. 

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  • New Gift Annuity Rates Offer Even Greater Benefits to Donors from Lifetime Income Gifts!

    New Gift Annuity Rates Offer Even Greater Benefits to Donors from Lifetime Income Gifts!

    A new schedule of suggested maximum gift annuity rates was announced yesterday by the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) during their biannual conference in Seattle, Washington. This change represents a significant benefit to donors who establish charitable gift annuities on or after July 1, 2018.

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  • Share My Paycheck?

    Share My Paycheck?

    So, share my paycheck. That’s the idea. My work – my paycheck – is directly linked to sharing with those in need in Ephesians 4:28 (NIV).

    But my paycheck? Sharing? 

    Why is it so difficult to hear and even more difficult to do?

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  • God’s Measuring Cup

    God’s Measuring Cup

    How much should I give? This question gets asked more than you might think. You answer it when the church collection basket comes around on Sundays, for the Salvation Army kettles at Christmas and every time you sort mail from dozens of charities. Over and over, we make decisions about how many dollars to assign to causes near to our hearts.

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  • Kingdom Causes and Income for Life

    Kingdom Causes and Income for Life

    Q. Is there a way to support my church and favorite Kingdom causes – AND receive income for life?

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  • Taking Aim at Missions

    Taking Aim at Missions

    Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit it every time. 

    This truism didn’t escape Miriam Bartlett who lived with a singular aim for 96 years – supporting Christian missions. Though she’s now in glory, the effects of Miriam’s life and passion for missions are still experienced all around the world.

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  • Sermons, Starbucks and Savvy Support

    Sermons, Starbucks and Savvy Support

    How CGAs proved the win-win solution for Peter and Jo Mans

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  • Barnabas Foundation Celebrates Record $52 Million in Charitable Distributions

    Barnabas Foundation Celebrates Record $52 Million in Charitable Distributions

    Barnabas Foundation celebrates a new record in charitable distributions, issuing $52 million in grants in 2017 to nearly 1,600 churches, nonprofit ministries and other charitable organizations.

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  • A High Level Threat

    A High Level Threat

    How majestic to consider a God who keeps His people no matter what! How impressive it is to realize the Romans 8:39 truth that nothing can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God’s people persevere, not by means of gritty determination, but because of a God who has bound Himself to them once and for all.

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  • Money vs. Ministry

    Money vs. Ministry

    We aren’t fooled when money gets pitted against ministry.  We know it’s a setup! 

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  • My Church and Non-Cash Assets

    My Church and Non-Cash Assets

    Q. Besides cash, are there other ways I can support my church?

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  • "When They Saw a Need, They Gave"

    "When They Saw a Need, They Gave"

    The ongoing legacy of Cal and Evelyn Bensema

    There’s a smile in Louise Ridlon’s voice as she shares memories about William “Cal” and Evelyn Bensema. “We are so blessed to have them as parents,” she says on behalf of her sisters, Vicki Jaramillo and Caroline Lindsey.

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  • The God-Shaped Life

    The God-Shaped Life

    Jesus is interested in the shape of our living. He wants God-shaped words, attitudes, and actions.

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  • Barnabas Foundation celebrates record-breaking $85 million in charitable gifts

    Barnabas Foundation celebrates record-breaking $85 million in charitable gifts

    With the final tally completed for 2017, Barnabas Foundation celebrates $85,399,099 in gifts received this year, to be distributed in the form of grants to churches, ministries and charitable organizations. This marks a 46% increase over last year, and Barnabas Foundation’s largest year of charitable gifts received since its founding in 1976.

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  • The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving

    The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving

    Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed, we know several provisions that may affect the tax implications of your charitable giving. Here are some of the key changes and opportunities you may want to consider.

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  • Take advantage of limited-time, tax-wise opportunities for 2017

    Take advantage of limited-time, tax-wise opportunities for 2017

    The new tax law is expected to make sweeping changes that may affect you or someone you know. Barnabas Foundation has put together a tax bill fact sheet about time-sensitive tax-wise 

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  • Morrow to serve west coast as Barnabas Foundation’s newest planning attorney

    Morrow to serve west coast as Barnabas Foundation’s newest planning attorney

    Barnabas Foundation welcomes Travis Morrow, J.D., as the newest member of its national team of planning attorneys. Based out of the Santa Barbara area, Morrow is available to provide charitable gift and will planning services to individuals and families on the west coast who are supporters of member ministries.

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  • Leo joins Barnabas Foundation team as Church Communications Director

    Leo joins Barnabas Foundation team as Church Communications Director

    Rev. Phillip S. Leo has joined the Barnabas Foundation team as church communications director.  In this role, his top priority will be connecting with churches and ministry leaders in their efforts to steward their roles and resources for ministry. 

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  • Barnabas Foundation appoints Knoll and Dykstra to lead enhanced member relations efforts

    Barnabas Foundation appoints Knoll and Dykstra to lead enhanced member relations efforts

    Barnabas Foundation has appointed Kurt Knoll and Lynell Dykstra to new roles, in an effort to better serve current and potential member ministries. 

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  • Barnabas Foundation celebrates $600 million in charitable gifts distributed on behalf of Christian donors

    Barnabas Foundation celebrates $600 million in charitable gifts distributed on behalf of Christian donors

    Barnabas Foundation has reached a significant milestone — assisting with the distribution of $600 million in gifts to charities, since its inception in 1976.

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  • Barnabas Foundation members provide critical relief following hurricanes

    Barnabas Foundation members provide critical relief following hurricanes

    In the aftermath of recent hurricanes, and with unprecedented rainfall and flood damage, there is a tremendous need for disaster relief in the affected regions. Barnabas Foundation member ministries are on the ground, providing immediate and long-term support to those in need.

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  • Barnabas Foundation moves to new home in Crete, Ill.

    Barnabas Foundation moves to new home in Crete, Ill.

    Barnabas Foundation has moved headquarters from Tinley Park, Ill., to Crete, Ill. More spacious than the previous facilities, the new location positions Barnabas Foundation for future growth and enhanced services for the ministries and churches we serve.

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  • Day joins Barnabas Foundation Team as Director of Marketing

    Day joins Barnabas Foundation Team as Director of Marketing

    Heather M. Day has joined the Barnabas Foundation team as director of marketing. In this role, her top priority will be implementing new and innovative ways to support members and churches in their efforts to better communicate with their supporters about planned giving and stewardship.

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  • Regional Member Breakfast - Illinois

    Regional Member Breakfast - Illinois

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our Regional Member Breakfast on Thursday, March 23.  A special "thank you" goes to Providence Life Services for hosting this breakfast at their headquarters in Tinley Park, IL.

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  • Regional Member Breakfast - Michigan

    Regional Member Breakfast - Michigan

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our Regional Member Breakfast on Thursday, February 16.  A special "thank you" goes to Christian Reformed Church in North America for hosting this breakfast at their headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI.

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  • Regional Member Breakfast - Michigan

    Regional Member Breakfast - Michigan

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our Regional Member Breakfast in Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, November 10, 2016.  A special "thank you" goes to Crossroad Bible Institute for hosting this breakfast.

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  • 40 Years of Growing Generosity

    40 Years of Growing Generosity

    It's been 40 years since a group of Christian attorneys gathered together to create an organization dedicated to the development of charitable gifts from Wills and Trusts.

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  • New Executive Director

    New Executive Director

    We are pleased to welcome James Bakke, J.D. as the new Executive Director of Barnabas Foundation. Jim comes to us from World Vision where has served as National Director of Planned Giving since 2007.

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