As culture changes, one thing never will: every person needs Jesus. But how will future generations to come experience His incredible love in a society that is increasingly skeptical of religious institutions?

 With this shift, we must show people Jesus through our daily actions. This world must become a place where Jesus is known because of the actions of His followers. Orchard exists to make this vision a reality. We inspire Christ-followers to launch and lead creative initiatives serving those in need.

Since 1996 Orchard has accomplished this by helping launch and house over 150 ministry partners to reach multiple sectors of society in Atlanta and now outside of Georgia. All of Orchard’s income comes entirely from generous individual donations and legacy gifts. Such planned giving enables Orchard to accomplish more and deeper ministry and to reach more people.

As we move forward, we are increasingly embracing the opportunities digital platforms give us to help people make greater impacts regardless of their location. We are investing in new technologies with a young staff leadership team, a strong Board of Directors, and establishing a strong financial footing to invest in opportunities for future growth.

Why Planned Giving?

Planned gifts can offer many advantages to help you meet your overall financial goals and help Orchard in its long-term financial planning. They also provide special opportunities that can enable the ministry to strengthen and improve its programs.

Designating Orchard As A Beneficiary of An Insurance Policy

You can name Orchard as a primary beneficiary of a life insurance policy or as a contingent beneficiary should your other beneficiaries not survive you. After your lifetime, the benefits of your policy will pass to Orchard free of federal estate tax. To establish this type of gift you simply consult your insurance agent and request a “Change in Beneficiary Designation Form“.

Charitable Bequests Provided In Your Will

One of the simplest ways to provide an enduring gift of support to Orchard is through your will. By including Orchard in your estate plans, you can specify assets that will come to us after your lifetime. At that time the assets you specify will pass to us, and your estate can take a charitable deduction for the amount of your request, reducing the estate taxes payable. If you choose to do this, we should be named in the bequest as Orchard Resources, Inc. EIN. 58-2429274. PO Box 18577; Atlanta GA 31126

Gifts of Stock and Mutual Funds

Gifts of long-term appreciated stock or mutual funds offer an easy and tax-efficient way to make a lasting contribution to Orchard. Your gift will help sustain the ministry and future of Orchard while avoiding capital gains taxes and reducing federal income tax.

Designating Orchard As A Beneficiary of Your IRA 401k or Pension Plan

By naming Orchard as beneficiary of your retirement plan you may save your beneficiaries money in federal taxes. First, designating Orchard as the beneficiary will reduce the value of retirement assets from your gross taxable estate. Additionally, because contributions to your retirement plans were likely not subject to income tax at the time of contribution, nor were taxes payable as they appreciated in value over the years, distributions that a beneficiary receives from a retirement plan may have tax implications for them (the tax laws have recently changed, so please consult your financial and tax advisor). However, since Orchard is a nonprofit and exempt from income taxes it is not required to remit any portion of the distributions to the Internal Revenue Service.


To partner with us through Fortify planned giving and further discuss your options contact Jonathan Goode at jgoode@meetorchard.org.