Legacy Giving

  • Creative Generosity Now
  • Creative Generosity Now
  • Gifts that Provide Income
  • Gifts that Provide Income
  • Gifts that Provide Income
  • Wills, Trusts, & Other Tools
  • Wills, Trusts, & Other Tools
  • Wills, Trusts, & Other Tools
  • Video Resources
  • Wills, Trusts, & Other Tools
  • Video Resources
  • Video Resources
  • Video Resources


Scientists tell us that only about 10% of an iceberg is visible above the water’s surface. The great mass—some 90% of the iceberg—is below the surface and hidden from view. Quite often, the Christian steward’s assets (or estate) are similar to an iceberg with approximately 10% in cash (liquid assets) and the remaining 90% being non-cash, non-liquid assets.

For generous stewards, this can lead to the highly frustrating, “I’d really like to give more, but I just don’t have any more money” syndrome.

Regardless of income, nearly everyone reaches the point of, “I can’t give away any more cash."

Are there options for the giver who has reached their personal “cash limit?” Yes! For many, “the other 90%” of their financial assets holds the key to giving to their heart’s desire.


As a general rule, if the asset has an ascertainable value and is commonly bought and sold, it may be possible to use it to fulfill your generosity desires. However, some assets have complicated tax and ownership rules that make their use as a charitable gift less desirable or are prohibited.

Here is a partial list of non-cash assets that are commonly used to make generous charitable gifts.

Securities (Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds): Simplest to give are those traded on a public stock exchange or market.

When you make a gift of appreciated stock to ministry, you will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the value of the stock on the date of transfer. In addition, if the stock has appreciated in value, you pay no capital gains tax on the appreciation (as you would if you sold the stock).

Contact Doug Miller at [email protected] or 417.626.1215 for information needed for your broker to transfer shares to OCC.

Read our eBook, Gifts of Appreciated Property, here.

Individual Retirement Accounts: Commonly referred to as an IRA

If you are at least 70.5 years of age, you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your individual retirement account (IRA) to your favorite ministry. You request that your IRA custodian send the distribution directly to the ministry. Since you do not receive the distribution, you will not have to claim it as income. The qualified charitable distribution can be up to $100,000 and can be used to meet your required minimum distribution for the year.

Read our comprehensive eBook here.

Real Estate: Buildings and Land

Real estate gifts can be of houses, land, condominiums, vacation homes, commercial buildings, or most any type of real property. Transfer of real estate is made by deed to the ministry. You receive an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value at the time of transfer (determined by independent appraisal), and there will be no capital gains tax implications to the transfer. If you are considering a gift of real estate, please contact us to discuss condition, marketability and any conditions for acceptance.

Life Insurance: Policies can be gifted to ministry during lifetime or name ministry a beneficiary

If you have life insurance that you no longer need, you can gift your policy to ministry. To make a gift during lifetime, you transfer ownership, making the ministry irrevocable owner and beneficiary. The ministry can choose to hold the policy until death or surrender it and put the cash to work doing its mission today. To make a gift of life insurance through your estate, you can name the ministry as beneficiary of the policy. If you have life insurance policies that are no longer needed for their original purpose, consider the possibility of making a gift to ministry. You may find your policy is a perfect tool for increasing your generosity to your heart’s desire.


When you wish to make a gift to ministry but need to maintain the use of the property for current income, there are charitable options that allow you to receive income and make a generous gift.

Read our eBook, Guide to Generous Giving, here.

The Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)

The CGA provides income based upon the age(s) of the annuitant(s). The older you are, the higher the income paid. 

Benefits of the CGA include fixed income for life (a portion may be tax-free), a charitable tax deduction, partial avoidance of any capital gains tax, and the joy of knowing you are making an important contribution to kingdom ministry. 

The charitable gift annuity is an agreement between you and a specific charity, funded with cash and/or appreciated securities. Click here to view the sample chart of current CGA rates for one and two life annuities.

Read our eBook, A Guide to Charitable Gift Annuities, here.

The Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)

If you have appreciated property that you would like to sell to receive more income, consider transferring that property to a charitable remainder trust. The trustee will sell the property and invest the proceeds—without payment of capital gains tax—to provide you income. You receive an income tax charitable deduction for the value of your future gift to ministry, income for a term of years or for life, and you do not have the worries of management.

Read our eBook about charitable income agreements here.


As Christian stewards, our first estate planning task is to determine how God wants us to use his resources during our lifetime. Then we must also consider his plan for asset transfers at death. God’s word contains principles that give us guidance, and by following them, we can often avoid unnecessary costs, delays, and potential family conflict. 

Principle #1: God is the owner of all, not just one-tenth or “the small portion we return back” to him in the weekly offering. The Scripture is plain that God created this earth and all that it contains (Psalm 24:1-2) and as the creator and sustainer. He is also the owner (Psalm 50:10-12). In the New Testament we read that we have been “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and that the price was the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:17-19).

Principle #2: Since we cannot be owners, our role is that of manager, caretaker, trustee, and steward. God willingly places his assets into our care expecting that we will seek his best interest (Matthew 5:16) through the prudent use of our time (Ephesians 5:15-17), our abilities (Romans 12:1-8), and our financial resources (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Principle #3: Our blessings are intended to be shared, both during this lifetime and at the time of our death (2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 6:3, 9-10; Ephesians 4:28). Planned giving and estate design help us maximize the use of God’s resources to benefit ourselves and others during lifetime and our personal beneficiaries and beloved ministries at the time of death. They can also help us pay fewer dollars in taxes, instead directing those dollars to our church and favorite ministries.


If you’re like most people, you don’t have a Will. Or, the Will you have is outdated. Thankfully, creating your Will is faster and easier than ever. Ozark Christian College is pleased to offer a free online resource through a partnership with GiftWise. In less than 20 minutes, you can make a legally-binding Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Financial Power of Attorney. And, you can include a gift of any size to Ozark Christian College and make a lasting impact. Delete “Write a Will” from your to-do list today!

Click here to create your free online will today.

Make a Gift in Your Will or Trust


An excellent way to equip future generations for Christian service is to include a gift in your will or trust to Ozark Christian College. A gift to the college in your will or trust does not cost anything during your lifetime, can be changed if your life circumstances change, and helps offset any estate taxes due. In as little as one sentence your attorney can include your gift to Ozark Christian College (Federal Tax ID #44-6005108). We suggest the following wording to make a gift in your will or trust:

1. Outright Gift

  • I hereby, give, devise, and bequeath ($10,000) to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, Missouri.
  • I hereby, give, devise, and bequeath (10%) of my estate to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, Missouri.
  • I hereby, give, devise, and bequeath (describe specific item) to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, Missouri.
  • I hereby give, devise, and bequeath my real estate described as (property address or legal description) to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, Missouri.

2. Residual Gift

  • I hereby give, devise, and bequeath (a percentage or all) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, Missouri.

3. Contingent Gift

  • If (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, then I hereby give, devise, and bequeath (describe property) to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, Missouri.

4. Restricted Gift

If you are considering a gift for a restricted purpose, please let us know. We recommend that your attorney include the following provision to give the college flexibility should it no longer be possible to use your gift as originally intended:

  • If the Board of Trustees of Ozark Christian College determines that the college is unable to accomplish the specific purpose of this gift, Ozark Christian College may use the income and principal of this gift for such purposes as the Board determines is most closely related to the restricted purpose of my gift.

We would be glad to assist you or your attorney in establishing your estate plans. Please contact Doug Miller at 417.626.1215 or [email protected] for more information. If you have made a gift to Ozark Christian College in your estate plan, please let us know. We want to thank you for your support and invite you to join the Ozark Legacy Society with other friends of the college.

Read our practical Estate Planning Guide eBook here.

What is the Legacy Society?

Planning Tools for Christian Stewards

Wills and Revocable Living Trusts are often considered the foundational documents for estate planning and distribution. 

A will is a document that expresses the final distribution desires of an individual. Wills are subject to state law and nearly always require the involvement of the probate court, where they become public documents. A will distributes only property that was titled solely in the name of the deceased.

A revocable living trust is a confidential document that can be established by an individual or a couple. The trust provides management of assets during lifetime and final distributions at death. It avoids the probate process on assets that are titled to the trust during lifetime.

Powers of Attorney give another individual the legal ability to make decisions on your behalf. They are important when an individual is disabled and cannot manage their business and/or medical affairs. You may establish a separate power for property decisions, as well as one for medical and health care decisions. 

Titling must be coordinated with your other legal documents to assure that your planning desires are accomplished.  Titling can be a very useful way to transfer assets or it can be the “fly in the ointment” that creates havoc in your plans.

Beneficiary Designations can often be used to transfer assets to desired beneficiaries with minimal cost and delay. Some assets, like life insurance and qualified retirement accounts, have built-in beneficiary arrangements. Many other financial instruments and tangible assets can also be transferred, without probate, by beneficiary arrangement.

Read our Estate Planning Guide eBook here.

Essential Estate Planning Tips

Attorney Doug Miller shares simple estate planning tips for minimizing the time, cost, and effort for your loved ones while maximizing your kingdom impact.

Click here to watch a replay of the "Essential Estate Planning Tips" webinar by Doug Miller.

Is Your Estate in Order?

In uncertain times like these, you can provide for your loved ones and the causes you care about through your will, trust, or retirement accounts. Attorney Doug Miller provides an estate-planning checklist to ensure your intentions are accomplished with the least amount of time, expense, and effort.

Click here to watch a replay of the webinar "Is Your Estate in Order?" by Doug Miller.

Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes

Attorney Doug Miller will discuss the most common estate planning pitfalls and how you can save time, trouble, and taxes.

Click here to watch a replay of the webinar "Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes" by Doug Miller.

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