The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God. (Book of Common Prayer, page 856.)
Why should I give to the church?
It is out of God’s pure love that we have been given all that we have. And, it is in response to this love that we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts. These gifts are all that we hold including our financial resources, and also our talents and time.
Out of the abundance that God has given to us, we give to the church as an act of gratitude and faith. Giving is a way to offer, in addition to our gifts of time and talent, our financial blessings to further the work of Christ Church Cathedral.
Just as the gift of a young boy’s bread and fish to Jesus was central to the feeding of five thousand, so can our prayerfully-made gift to the church magnify and strengthen the Cathedral and its programs. Some examples of programs originating at the Cathedral are: Advent House, Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, the Music Program, Christian Formation, various Community Outreach programs, and services to and for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana.
Christ Church Cathedral is a non-profit religious organization. It can continue to exist only through donations of committed people like you. The Cathedral and its activities are funded through the contributions of those who believe in the Cathedral’s purpose, and the goals and programs that the Cathedral acts to sponsor and affirm. We are extremely grateful to our donors’ for their love and support!
How do I give to Christ Church Cathedral?
There are several safe, secure, and convenient ways to donate to Christ Church Cathedral and its various ministries.
- Weekend Services: Simply place cash, checks, or a completed credit card authorization form (found in every pew) into the collection plate during any weekend service. Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope, so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes. If you would like to sign up for offering envelopes, please sign up for one at either the back of the Cathedral or at the Parish Administrator’s office, or click here.
- Online Giving: Christ Church Cathedral’s website allows for one-time donations using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card. Our website is not only easy to use, but is also safe and secure. This option enables donors the ability to give even when out of town or unable to attend service. Also for smartphone users, QR codes have been placed in the weekly bulletins and the monthly Canticles, making online donations on your mobile device easy.
- Automated Credit Card and Bank Draft Donations: Christ Church Cathedral also allows donors to sign up for a reoccurring service that will deduct automatically a specific dollar amount from a credit card, checking account, or savings account. Please contact the Parish Administrator regarding receiving an authorization form to begin any automated donations from your bank account or Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card. Both authorization forms are also available to download by clicking Credit Card Form or Bank Draft Form; please complete one and return it to the Parish Administrator’s office.
- By mail: Mail your donation to Christ Church Cathedral’s offices at 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115. Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.
Can I make non-cash contributions?
Many people find creative ways to make contributions to the Cathedral’s ministries through non-cash gifts. Here are a few options to consider:
- Stocks and mutual funds: Christ Church Cathedral accepts stock donations from donors, and there may be additional tax benefits to donating securities in-kind to Christ Church Cathedral. Please contact the Parish Administrator for the instructions you will need to direct your broker to make a stock transfer.
- Gifts-in-kind are gifts of real property such as land, or tangible personal property such as art work, equipment, materials, company products, or inventory. For more information on the Cathedral’s acceptance policy of gifts-in-kind, please contact the Cathedral at 504-895-6602.
Does Christ Church Cathedral have any special projects or special needs that go beyond what is received through normal annual giving?
Christ Church Cathedral receives donations typically through three types of support. The first and most recognized type of support is through annual stewardship pledges or other regular gifts. The funds from this type of giving go towards the day-to-day program and operations expenses of the Cathedral.
The second type of support the Cathedral receives is through capital giving. This support is extraordinary giving, for extraordinary purposes, such as capital improvements, extinguishing debt, starting up a new program, and so forth. Currently, there are no active capital campaigns.
A third and very important type of support that the Cathedral receives is through planned giving. This support is through estate planning, and is often attractive to donors that wish to make an impact on Christ Church Cathedral that lasts beyond their lives. The bulk of the Cathedral’s current Endowment is from planned gifts from donors just like you. Following Katrina, without those planned giving donations to the Endowment, it is quite possible that the Cathedral would have had insurmountable financial difficulties. Even in 2012, we still relied on endowment funds for 47 percent of our operating budget. If you would be interested in more information regarding making one of these very essential planned gifts to Christ Church Cathedral, please contact the Dean duPlantier at 504-895-6602.
O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, page 259)