Arbor Society | Create Your Legacy

What is the Arbor Society?

The Arbor Society honors those who have named Christ Church Greenwich as a beneficiary in their estate plans. By designating a planned gift, you make a final testament about the importance of your faith and perpetuate the mission and ministries of Christ Church Greenwich.

Ways to accomplish this include naming Christ Church Greenwich as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan, trust, life insurance policy or life income gift.

Tax efficient lifetime gifts include: donations of appreciated securities, allocations of IRA distributions (up to $100,000/year), charitable remainder trusts (CRT’s), charitable lead trusts (CLT’s) and charitable gift annuities. 

Relying on your financial, tax, and legal advisors for an intimate knowledge of your assets and goals is recommended.

Blessed are those who plant shade trees under which they know full well they will never sit.
(adapted from D. Elton Trueblood)

How do I JOIN the Arbor Society?

Planned gifts of any amount qualify. All it takes to become a member of the Arbor Society is to inform the Stewardship Office that you have included the church in your will or estate planning. Questions may be directed to the Director of Stewardship, Susan Kelly, 203.869.6600 x18 or

Where does my gift go?

Estate Gifts are held in trust by the Endowment Fund. Income from this account enables Christ Church to develop and enhance ministries and properties beyond what is possible through annual operating budgets. The fund helps perpetuate the life and ministry of the parish, and is overseen by the Endowment Commission and the Vestry.