Donor Stories

Nana’s Grand Piano

Nana sat at home one Sunday morning skillfully playing her cherished grand piano.  “Where have my career years gone?” she mused, but the screen door banged before she could answer her own question. Her son and teenage grandson had come to help her pack.

“What will you do with your piano, Nana?” asked her grandson, Cody. Nana shook her head sadly. Downsizing to fit a senior’s apartment called for many hard decisions.  “I know,” suggested her son, Roy. “Our church board just voted to accept a piano for the primary room in our new church building. So I’ve been thinking there’s plenty of space on the new sanctuary platform for an organ and your grand piano.”

“And bonus, Nana,” interrupted Cody, “you’d still be playing it Sabbath morning and lots of other times, too.”

“I even know what to do,” said Roy. “It’s called a Gift in Kind donation. [1]

First, we ask the church board to accept the gift; second, we get a professional written appraisal of the piano’s value; and then, if all goes well, the church issues an official charitable receipt for the piano’s appraised value, and the church owns a grand piano to use for many years to come.”

“That was fast!” exclaimed Nana, her head spinning, “but I think I like it.  We’ll talk soon. In the meantime,” Nana smiled, “Let’s get packing!”

1Gifts in Kind (non-cash gifts) are gifts of property of various types. A gift of service (voluntarily using your skills) does not qualify.
For more information, contact your conference Trust Services & Planned Giving director.

This donor story first appeared in the August 2013 issue of The Canadian Adventist Messenger magazine.

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