For branch churches, societies, and Christian Science associations

Branch Church, Society and Association Trusts with The Mother Church
Many Branch Churches, Societies, and Christian Science Associations have benefited by establishing Irrevocable Trusts with The Mother Church. By creating these types of trusts, it is possible to provide for income generated by investments that are screened for their compatibility with Christian Science.

Examples of benefits include:

  • A regular income for the Branch Church, Society, or Christian Science Association.
  • Simplicity and ease of investment management for assets. The Mother Church has broad historical experience and ability to invest and manage trust assets effectively, carefully, and professionally.
  • The Branch Church, Society or Association’s membership continues to make a meaningful demonstration of financial support for its activities, balanced with and supplemented by annual income from the trust.
  • While irrevocable, under certain circumstances, these trusts may allow for access to distributions from the trust principal to provide for the continuity of Association or Church activities.
  • Virtually all Branch Churches, Societies and Associations set aside funds that are intended to ultimately come to The Mother Church when they disband. The trust structure is the ideal vehicle to support an Association or Church financially during its lifetime, but also provide for a simple distribution process to The Mother Church at the time of disbanding.
  • A significant, eventual gift to The Mother Church.

We welcome inquiries from the board, clerk or treasurer of branch churches and associations at any time. Please contact us by email at philanthropy@csps.com, or by phone at 800-288-7155 ext. 3288.

Tax Information
Your Branch Church, Society, and Christian Science Association tax questions may be answered by information and guidelines provided by The Mother Church:
christianscience.com/member-resources/branch-churches-and-societies

General Donations

For questions with regard to general donations to The Mother Church and its activities, please email us at philanthropy@csps.com.

Donations from Branches, Societies, and Associations may be sent to this address:
The First Church of Christ, Scientist 
Treasurer - PO Box 239103
Boston, MA 02123-9103

 

Branch church and society trusts

Since 1926, Church Manual-based organizations of The Mother Church, such as Christian Science Branch Churches, Societies and Associations, have established trusts with The Mother Church. Establishing a trust is a way of creating an ultimate gift to the Church, while at the same time receiving net income from the trust for use by the Church or Association during its lifetime.

Branch church and society trusts FAQs

Branch Church Trusts have been established to meet requests from Branch Churches over the years. The requests were based on Branch Church members’ desire to both make a gift to The Mother Church, and to be relieved of the burden of investment management utilizing investments screened for their compatibility with Christian Science. In some instances Branch Churches also wanted to place a portion of their assets in a safe harbor to provide for an ultimate gift to The Mother Church, should the Branch Church ever decide to discontinue.

Association trusts

Since 1926, Church Manual-based organizations of The Mother Church, such as Christian Science Associations, have established trusts with The Mother Church. Establishing a trust is a way of creating an ultimate gift to the Church, while at the same time receiving net income from the trust for use by the Association during its lifetime.

Association trusts FAQs

Association Trusts have been established to meet requests from Associations over the years. The requests were based on Association members’ desire to both make a gift to The Mother Church, and to be relieved of the burden of investment management utilizing investments screened for their compatibility with Christian Science. In some instances Associations also wanted to place a portion of their assets in a safe harbor to provide for an ultimate gift to The Mother Church, should the Association ever decide to discontinue.