Endowment and Planned Giving

The Fourth Century Circle

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Members and supporters of Theodore Parker Church give generously to underwrite its annual operating expenses. But because the annual capital budget has not kept pace with the needs of the aging infrastructure, major repairs and improvements too often have been deferred. And the church is currently in the midst of its 300th anniversary capital campaign to raise money for the most urgent capital needs.

In the long term, however, more funds will be needed to keep the church facilities operating at their full potential. One way of addressing this issue is to build the cash reserves and endowment which will generate future income to help cover expenses. To that end, the church recently established the Fourth Century Circle to recognize those who have made plans to provide for a future gift to the church.  Three common ways for making such gifts are:

  • Bequeathing a gift in a will or trust
  • Designating the church as beneficiary of an IRA or another retirement fund
  • Designating the church as beneficiary of an insurance policy

Received over time, such gifts can help assure the community that the church will continue to play a positive role for generations to come—offering a progressive religious perspective, supporting the spiritual development of the congregation, and actively engaging in social action that benefits the local community and the wider world.

We welcome all members and friends who include a bequest or other planned gift to benefit the future of the Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church in their estate plans during the 300th anniversary campaign, Creating Our Future.  They will be recognized as founding members of the Fourth Century Circle. To discuss your bequest or other testamentary gift, contact Anne Forsyth, Finance Committee chair.

Here is sample language to share with your attorney when revising your will or trust.

Sample Language

I give the  __ percent of the residue of my estate or the sum of $__________ to the Theodore Parker Unitarian Church (also known as the Theodore Parker  Unitarian Universalist Church) located at 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, Massachusetts, (at the corner of Centre and Corey streets) for its general charitable and religious purposes.