Payments and Contributions to the ECA
Thank you for accessing the ECA website. We trust you will find it user-friendly. To make payment by Credit/Debit Card for various items available, please direct your attention to the four side pages to the left to click on BEI Fees, Dues and Other Fees, Gifts, and Products. Note, there is an additional $3 charge for credit card payments to cover processing fees assessed per transaction by the credit card institutions. Dues and/or contributions are to be paid in U.S. funds. If you have difficulty processing a payment electronically, please call the ECA office for staff assistance at our toll-free number (888) 855-6060, Monday - Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM Central Standard Time.
Estate Planning and the ECA
Bequests can include specific assets, such as stock, and can state a specified dollar amount. A residual bequest designates all or a portion of whatever remains after all debts, taxes, expenses, and all other bequests has been paid. A contingent bequest takes effect only if the primary intention cannot be met. For example, you might wish to leave a bequest to a certain individual; but, if that person does not survive you, then the bequest would go to the ECA. This ensures that property will pass to the ECA rather than unintended beneficiaries, including the government.
While most people own some form of life insurance because of its unique ability to meet a variety of needs for financial protection, its role in planned charitable giving is frequently overlooked. Life insurance itself can be the direct funding medium of a gift to the ECA, permitting the donor to make a substantial gift for a relatively modest annual outlay. If you would like to leave a bequest to the ECA or name the ECA as a beneficiary of your life insurance, talk with your estate planner or attorney. This might be an avenue that would allow you to make a substantial investment in God's work long after you've received your eternal reward.