Whether it is a car, jewelry, or real estate, every church has been faced with a gift that has the potential to cause more problems than its value. Some gifts come with restrictions, some gifts are only valuable in the eyes of the donor, and some come with continuing costs to maintain.
Churches many times would be better off without the gift, but donors always believe that their gift will benefit the church. Rejecting gifts may place church staff, committee members, or directors in uncomfortable positions and may even damage relationships with church members.
Churches can avoid many of the traps associated with these types of gifts by carefully crafting a gift acceptance policy. This policy provides staff members with the guidance necessary to navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of unusual gifts.
Before Someone Gives
Prior to drafting a gift acceptance policy, the church should seriously ...