Our Next 100 Years

Six years after formation, the congregation completed the challenging task of construction, inviting all people of faith to “join in work and worship.”

Their optimism and dedication to ministry came during a difficult time for our country. World War I continued to rage as American families of all faiths fought to make sense of it all.

No doubt, the church was as essential to the people of that era as it is today.

One hundred years later, the sanctuary, courtyard, classrooms and social hall continue to offer a gathering place and a spiritual refuge for Piedmont’s community of faith.

The history of our church makes one message perfectly clear – the strongest chapters have yet to be written.

Our generation is challenged to follow in the footsteps of our founders, Wallace and Mary Alexander among them, to provide future congregations with the blessing of worship, fellowship and service to mankind.

The Alexanders endowed our church with gifts of land and money. Their contributions provided for the revered grounds and hallowed structures so vital to our overall mission; welcoming and nurturing disciples to serve.

The Piedmont Church Endowment Fund continues this spirit of generosity while providing security for our future.

Unlike the annual Stewardship campaign, designed to meet the current operating needs of the church, the Endowment Fund is more like a 401(k) account. We contribute to it to help to secure the long-term financial viability of the church.

Please consider making a substantial gift to the Endowment Fund by including Piedmont Community Church in your will or estate planning.

Also, for a minimum $500 donation, you can purchase a brick in honor of your family or loved one.

In either case, you will become members of the Wallace & Mary Alexander Founders Circle. If you are already members of the Founders Circle, consider making an additional gift to the Endowment Fund as a sustaining member. Your legacy will help secure Our Next 100 Years.

Please use the form to make your intentions known.

Click here to sign up for your Endowment brick for 2018!  

Return your card to Toni Fischer at PCC: 400 Highland Avenue, Piedmont 94611, or email it to toni@piedmontchurch.org

 

Endowment FAQs:

What is the Alexander Society?
The Wallace and Mary Alexander Founders Circle is an organization for those individuals and families which have contributed funds to the Piedmont Community Church Endowment Fund.

How do I participate?
Honoring the legacy of the Alexanders, those who support the Endowment Fund via an immediate gift or structured gift become members of the Wallace & Mary Alexander Founders Circle.

How can I donate/support PCC?
A gift of a minimum of $500 in any of the following ways:

Immediate Gifts:

  • Cash Gifts – provides for the immediate use by the Endowment Fund
  • Appreciated Property & Stocks – which allows you to deduct the full fair-market value from taxes, owned by you directly or via in IRA or 401k
  • Memorial Gifts – provides a gift to honor someone special

Structured Gifts:

  • Wills and Trusts – easily provides for the church by simply adding the church to either your trust or will
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts – provides you with an income when you need it
  • IRA/Pension Plan Beneficiary/Life Insurance Beneficiary – designates the church as beneficiary of remaining funds after you are gone
  • Pooled Income Fund – shares in income from a professionally managed pool of gifts

What is the process to contribute?

  • If paying with a check, simply make the check out to: Piedmont Community Church, and on the line in the lower left of the check  write ‘Endowment Fund’; and send to Toni Fischer, Business and Financial Manager, at the PCC address
  • If transferring stocks from a brokerage account, an IRA or a 401k, contact Toni Fischer, the Business and Finance Manager of PCC (510-547-5700) and request her provide you with the brokerage account used by PCC for such purposes

Can I donate online to PCC?
Yes.  Just click here, and in the remark state “Endowment Brick”.

Can I support PCC financially and remain anonymous (no brick)
Yes, of course.

What is the minimum gift to be included for a PCC Brick?
$500

Will we achieve our financial goal if everyone contributes the $500 minimum?
No, we will not.  Yet, it is hoped that those who have more will contribute more.

Why does someone get the same reward for contributing $500 as one who contributes $10,000?
Our objective is to have every individual contribute as much as he or she feels comfortable in doing, and as an associated benefit receive the recognition of becoming a member of the Wallace & Mary Alexander Founders Circle, and as a consequence thereof to be able to be recognized with a Brick on the Memorial Path.   Our philosophy is to emphasize that the gift is in the giving and not acquisition of the a lot of Bricks.

Is there a quantity discount if I contribute more than $500?
No, there is not.

If I contribute significantly more than the $500 minimum, then how is it determined how many Bricks I can obtain?
We are using the notion of a ‘nuclear’ family, with each of the following examples being considered one ‘nuclear’ family.  Based on the following example, Don & Dolly may purchase 3 Bricks:

(i)     Member parents inclusive of the children in their family
(example…Don & Dolly Lotte, with their two children Reginald and Gladys);

(ii)    Don’s parents
(Harry and Eunice…who are the grandparents of Reginald and Gladys);

(iii)    Dolly’s parents
(Fred and Myrtle…who are also the grandparents of Reginald and Gladys).

Can I donate or gift in the name of a loved one?
Yes, of course.  Grandparents as mentioned above.  Also, if there is a special relative who you wish to commemorate.

What is the deadline to be included for a PCC commemorative Brick?
April 10, 2018

How many characters are there on a Brick?
54 characters, which includes any spaces between names, and is 3 lines of 18 characters per line

How often will PCC be adding new bricks to the commemorative walkway?
Yearly, every Spring.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Call Bob Leslie at (510) 654-5125

Email Rev. Dr. William McNabb or call 510-547-5700

Bequests or contributions should be directed to:

The Piedmont Community Church Endowment Fund
Piedmont Community Church
400 Highland Avenue
Piedmont, California 94611