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Why can't my missionary accept cash gifts? Can they accept a gift card?

Sometimes donors want to bless a missionary with "gas money" a gift at Christmas, or cash from a love offering at church.

We very much appreciate these gestures since it shows so much Christian love and care! However, it's often a surprise to donors that there are a number of legal and ethical rules we are responsible for regarding receiving cash or gift cards (which are very much like cash).

It's important that gifts for the ministry of Reliant missionaries must be directed to Reliant, and missionaries can usually not receive cash.

  1. Personal gifts to an individual cannot be made tax-deductible due to IRS rules
  2. Our missionaries are trained not to accept cash gifts for ethical & integrity purposes—we do not want the appearance that they are personally benefiting by telling people they are a missionary.

Missionaries who receive gift cards which are in lieu of a gift to the ministry are required to send them to Reliant for proper recording of the gift—don't be offended if you find your missionary has done just that! The card will benefit the ministry account for which they are responsible, so the impact and gift are still very important. Missionaries can accept gift cards as a personal gift (not tax deductible) on infrequent occasions if they are under $100 and a show of affection, for instance in a Christmas card. Please contact Gift Services if you would like to view our entire policy.

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Why can't my missionary accept cash gifts? Can they accept a gift card?

Sometimes donors want to bless a missionary with "gas money" a gift at Christmas, or cash from a love offering at church.

We very much appreciate these gestures since it shows so much Christian love and care! However, it's often a surprise to donors that there are a number of legal and ethical rules we are responsible for regarding receiving cash or gift cards (which are very much like cash).

It's important that gifts for the ministry of Reliant missionaries must be directed to Reliant, and missionaries can usually not receive cash.

  1. Personal gifts to an individual cannot be made tax-deductible due to IRS rules
  2. Our missionaries are trained not to accept cash gifts for ethical & integrity purposes—we do not want the appearance that they are personally benefiting by telling people they are a missionary.

Missionaries who receive gift cards which are in lieu of a gift to the ministry are required to send them to Reliant for proper recording of the gift—don't be offended if you find your missionary has done just that! The card will benefit the ministry account for which they are responsible, so the impact and gift are still very important. Missionaries can accept gift cards as a personal gift (not tax deductible) on infrequent occasions if they are under $100 and a show of affection, for instance in a Christmas card. Please contact Gift Services if you would like to view our entire policy.

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Why can't my missionary accept cash gifts? Can they accept a gift card?

Sometimes donors want to bless a missionary with "gas money" a gift at Christmas, or cash from a love offering at church.

We very much appreciate these gestures since it shows so much Christian love and care! However, it's often a surprise to donors that there are a number of legal and ethical rules we are responsible for regarding receiving cash or gift cards (which are very much like cash).

It's important that gifts for the ministry of Reliant missionaries must be directed to Reliant, and missionaries can usually not receive cash.

  1. Personal gifts to an individual cannot be made tax-deductible due to IRS rules
  2. Our missionaries are trained not to accept cash gifts for ethical & integrity purposes—we do not want the appearance that they are personally benefiting by telling people they are a missionary.

Missionaries who receive gift cards which are in lieu of a gift to the ministry are required to send them to Reliant for proper recording of the gift—don't be offended if you find your missionary has done just that! The card will benefit the ministry account for which they are responsible, so the impact and gift are still very important. Missionaries can accept gift cards as a personal gift (not tax deductible) on infrequent occasions if they are under $100 and a show of affection, for instance in a Christmas card. Please contact Gift Services if you would like to view our entire policy.

Supporting Missionaries

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Why can't my missionary accept cash gifts? Can they accept a gift card?

Sometimes donors want to bless a missionary with "gas money" a gift at Christmas, or cash from a love offering at church.

We very much appreciate these gestures since it shows so much Christian love and care! However, it's often a surprise to donors that there are a number of legal and ethical rules we are responsible for regarding receiving cash or gift cards (which are very much like cash).

It's important that gifts for the ministry of Reliant missionaries must be directed to Reliant, and missionaries can usually not receive cash.

  1. Personal gifts to an individual cannot be made tax-deductible due to IRS rules
  2. Our missionaries are trained not to accept cash gifts for ethical & integrity purposes—we do not want the appearance that they are personally benefiting by telling people they are a missionary.

Missionaries who receive gift cards which are in lieu of a gift to the ministry are required to send them to Reliant for proper recording of the gift—don't be offended if you find your missionary has done just that! The card will benefit the ministry account for which they are responsible, so the impact and gift are still very important. Missionaries can accept gift cards as a personal gift (not tax deductible) on infrequent occasions if they are under $100 and a show of affection, for instance in a Christmas card. Please contact Gift Services if you would like to view our entire policy.

Supporting Missionaries

Why can't my missionary accept cash gifts? Can they accept a gift card?

Sometimes donors want to bless a missionary with "gas money" a gift at Christmas, or cash from a love offering at church.

We very much appreciate these gestures since it shows so much Christian love and care! However, it's often a surprise to donors that there are a number of legal and ethical rules we are responsible for regarding receiving cash or gift cards (which are very much like cash).

It's important that gifts for the ministry of Reliant missionaries must be directed to Reliant, and missionaries can usually not receive cash.

  1. Personal gifts to an individual cannot be made tax-deductible due to IRS rules
  2. Our missionaries are trained not to accept cash gifts for ethical & integrity purposes—we do not want the appearance that they are personally benefiting by telling people they are a missionary.

Missionaries who receive gift cards which are in lieu of a gift to the ministry are required to send them to Reliant for proper recording of the gift—don't be offended if you find your missionary has done just that! The card will benefit the ministry account for which they are responsible, so the impact and gift are still very important. Missionaries can accept gift cards as a personal gift (not tax deductible) on infrequent occasions if they are under $100 and a show of affection, for instance in a Christmas card. Please contact Gift Services if you would like to view our entire policy.

Supporting Missionaries

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