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Generous Living

A Guide to Planned Giving

Gifts from your estate are an excellent way to make a contribution to the church that will Build Kingdom for years to come. Should you desire to support Austin Ridge Bible Church with a gift from your estate, please follow these simple guidelines.


Including Austin Ridge Bible Church in your Will or Living Trust will continue your call to support ARBC after your lifetime. No charitable gifts can be made from your estate without a stated designation through a will. To do so, please use the following bequest language:
“I, [name], give, devise and bequeath to Westlake Bible Church DBA Austin Ridge Bible Church, the sum of [$ ______ or ____ % of my estate].”


Retirement assets are tax-deferred accounts intended to promote savings for retirement. You can name Austin Ridge Bible Church as your primary or contingent (secondary) beneficiary on your investment accounts. Please consider reviewing your beneficiary information and designating Austin Ridge Bible Church as your primary or contingent (secondary) beneficiary on your 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Annuities, or Life Insurance policy.

Because most retirement plans are tax-deferred and therefore subject to income tax to your beneficiaries, retirement assets make ideal gifts to Austin Ridge Bible Church. Naming ARBC as the beneficiary of retirement assets upon death generates no income taxes.

These assets require separate beneficiary forms. The beneficiaries of these assets can be easily modified at any time to meet your changing needs. For workplace accounts, you may be able to make your designation online or through your HR department. For private accounts, you can contact the investment company to request a beneficiary designation form.

Please use the following language:
“I designate Westlake Bible Church DBA Austin Ridge Bible Church to receive the sum of [$ ______ or ____ % of my account/policy].”


Did you know that you can donate your house or other real estate to ARBC and receive a significant income tax deduction?

If you would like to donate real estate to Austin Ridge Bible Church, please let us know your intentions first. Once we are aware of your plans for making this type of donation, we will want to make sure your goals can be realized within our gift acceptance policies. We will also need to inspect the property and perform other types of due diligence.

We sincerely hope you will contact us about leaving a gift that will have a lasting impact for years to come. If you have any questions, please email us or call (512) 263-7701. We would be honored to answer your questions and help you process your gift.


If you are at the age where you must take IRA distributions, you can give up to $100,000.00 per year to Westlake Bible Church DBA Austin Ridge Bible Church tax free. It is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD. Please contact us for more details on how to give through by QCD.


You can also, at your passing, transfer your bank, credit union and regular investment accounts to Austin Ridge Bible Church. You can do this by putting a POD (Payable on Death) or TOD (Transfer on Death) designation on those accounts to Westlake Bible Church DBA Austin Ridge Bible Church. Ask your financial institution for assistance with this, or contact us with any questions and we are happy to provide more information.

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  • Carol Feller

    Carol Feller

    Carol grew up in Michigan and moved to Austin shortly after graduating college. She and her husband have a busy life running around with their five children. They enjoy spending time as a family and being part of all of their kids' activities. She is grateful to be able to work in ministry as part of Austin Ridge Finance team.

  • Heather Tolin

    Heather Tolin

    Heather is an administrative guru and detail freak from Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Heather and her husband, Charles, are raising two sons, Justin and Holden. In her downtime, Heather enjoys watching movies, playing board games, cheering for the IU basketball & Colts football teams, and attending her kids' events.