The Gregor Society of the Moravian Music Foundation

When a person informs the Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) that they have designated a planned gift for MMF, in any amount or any form, that person becomes a member of the Gregor Society.

Christian Gregor (1723-1801)

Christian Gregor (1723-1801)(see biography, below)

 

Bequests

One of the easiest ways to make a planned gift is to designate Moravian Music Foundation in your will.
A bequest may be specific dollar amount, a certain asset, or a percentage of your estate.
Your attorney can add a bequest to your will with language as simple as this: I give ________Dollars ($__________) to Moravian Music Foundation, 457 South Church Street, Winston‐Salem NC 27101.

Life Insurance

Another way to make a significant contribution is to name Moravian Music Foundation as a primary or contingent beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or to donate a policy to us that you no longer need. (Contact your life insurance company or your agent for a change of beneficiary designation form.)

Retirement Plans

Naming Moravian Music Foundation as a beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account, 401(K) or other retirement accounts may provide income and estate tax savings. Your employer’s human resource office or the broker or other plan custodian of your IRA can provide you with the change of beneficiary form to make this gift.

Real Estate

Real estate owners may find a broader range of options for realizing the full value of their holdings by using them in their charitable planning. Deductions for gifts are based on full fair–‐market value and allow donors to shelter capital gains from tax.

Additionally, there are other forms of planned gifts that provide donors with current tax benefits, opportunities to increase income and to simplify estate planning.

These include gift annuities and charitable trusts.

 

The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) assists MMF with its receipt and investment of gifts, such as stocks and other assets.

The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America provides planned giving services at no charge to all Moravians. Contact Paul McLaughlin (toll free 888 722 7923) or email – paul@mmfa.info to discuss your estate planning goals.

 

Christian Gregor (1723-1801) has been called the “Father” of Moravian Church music, and was one of its most influential musicians. He was born in Silesia and joined the Moravian Church when he was seventeen. He served the church as organist and minister, and held important positions as a church administrator, visiting Pennsylvania and North Carolina in that capacity in 1770-1772. He was consecrated a bishop in 1789. Gregor was instrumental in Moravian liturgical development, and introduced the use of concerted anthems and arias into the services. In addition to editing the hymnal of 1778 and the chorale book of 1784, he composed several hundred other musical works – over 1100 manuscripts of Gregor’s music are preserved in the American collections. He died in Berthelsdorf, near Herrnhut, on November 6, 1801.