You may have already begun your Christmas shopping, but have you considered how to enter into the “Spirit of Giving” this upcoming Christmas season? Here are three ways to participate in the life-giving ministries of the Friars:
After Thanksgiving and “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, consider supporting the Friars’ life-saving ministries on “GivingTuesday” (the Tuesday following Thanksgiving).
If you already shop on Amazon this is an easy way to give to the Friars, without actually spending any extra money. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Visit here to learn more and to give a percentage of your purchase price to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
A Donor-advised Funds benefits both you and the Friars through prudent investing. When you designate the Friars as a charitable recipient, you’ll receive an immediate tax benefit. Your donation will be invested by your financial institution and the Friars will later receive a donation that has grown over time due to that investing. You can find out more about donor-advised funds and how to give to the Friars in this way here.