Kingdom Building

Charitable Gifts and Scholarships to equip for ministry

Estate Planning

Uniquely Equipped to Serve Your Estate Planning Needs

Only God knows your future, but smart financial planning can make it a little less “uncertain.” Creating an Estate Plan is an important step in the process, and it’s one of the best ways to provide basic protection for you and your family. Your Plan can make sure that the things you own are given to individuals (family, friends), and organizations (churches, other charities) who will use them in ways that are consistent with your faith, goals, and priorities.

The 4 basic building blocks of an estate plan are:

  • Last Will & Testament

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Financial

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

  • Advance Directive for Healthcare

Charitable Giving

Bless Your Church or Ministry of Choice

Our experienced staff can help you draft important legal documents and assist with planned giving and trusts. A smart, well-crafted Estate Plan will give you and your family peace of mind – and it can leave a valuable legacy for future generations through:

  • Charitable Trusts

  • Donor Advised Funds

  • Endowments

Make a gift from an IRA account.

Donors aged 70½ or older who make a contribution directly from a traditional IRA to a qualified charity can donate up to $100,000 without it being considered a taxable distribution. The deduction effectively lowers the donor's adjusted gross income (AGI).  We are happy to help you make this gift. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us (317) 481-2400 for assistance.

Make a gift of appreciated stocks or securities.

Save capital gains taxes and receive a charitable deduction when you make a gift of appreciated stocks or other securities. Transfer securities to the Baptist Foundation of Indiana’s brokerage account and we’ll do all the work to transfer the gift to the ministry of your choice. 

Make a gift to a Donor Advised Fund with the Foundation.

Get a tax deduction this year and support various ministries over the coming years. A donor advised fund allows you to make a gift and secure a charitable income tax deduction in the current calendar year. Then, you can make grant recommendations to your favorite ministries at a future date. Click the link to download a donor advised ministry account application.

Charitable Giving Testimonial

I decided that the best vehicle for me was a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT). By using a CRT, I could donate some highly appreciated stock and not pay any capital gains taxes, get a contribution tax deduction, and get a guaranteed income for life. I could then support the Christian charities of my choice with the endowment that remained until Jesus comes again.

I also set up a “Donor Advisory Fund” (DAF). With this fund I can make a current gift and then decide periodically what Christian charity I want to make a gift to.

Ann M. Pearson


The Baptist Foundation of Indiana is proud to administer funds established by generous donors to provide scholarships to Indiana Baptists. During the past 42 years, we have awarded over $253,000 in scholarships to 656 applicants!

Scholarship funds are available to assist in college tuition costs for members of State Convention of Baptists in Indiana (SCBI) churches, who are called to and preparing for vocational ministry. Scholarship funds are limited and are awarded based on need and parameters set by scholarship fund donors. Scholarships are not available for doctoral candidates. The Foundation accepts applications beginning November 1 for the following Fall/Spring academic school year. Applications and supportive documentation must be received by April 1 in order to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarship awards are determined in May.

Due to changes to the Foundation’s scholarship program, no scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be accepted starting November 1, 2022.

2021 Scholarship Recipients


First Southern Baptist Church, Clarksville

Master of Divinity Student
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Corydon Baptist Church, Corydon

Master of Divinity Student
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Calvary Baptist Church, West Lafayett

Youth Ministry Student
Taylor University


Calvary Baptist Church, West Lafayette

Christian Ministry Student
Taylor University


Campus Missionary
H2O Church, Bloomington

Masters of Divinity Student
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Falam Christian Church, Indianapolis

Biblical Counseling Student
College of Biblical Studies, Indianapolis


St. Joe Community Church, Fort Wayne

Masters of Divinity Student
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Oolitic Baptist Church, Oolitic

Master of Divinity Student
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Graceland Baptist Church, New Albany

Missiology Student
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Scholarship Testimonials

I am so grateful and honored and want to say thank you for your generosity – your scholarship will help me to achieve my educational and ministry goals. It will help me have more time for studies, family, and ministry in the church and the church.

Paul Akinola
SBTS Student and Member, First Southern Baptist Church, Clarksville

My family and I are continually amazed at how God has provided for us during this season of life. Certainly, receiving this year's BFI Scholarship is evidence of God’s providential care. In covering a significant portion of this year’s tuition, I am able to continue pursuing my call to church ministry without the fear of placing school on “pause” to save the necessary funds.

Taylor Quinley
SBTS Student and Pastor, Oolitic Baptist Church, Oolitic

My special thanks to [scholarship] donors. You are a channel of blessing. With your obedience to give financial offerings to God, the ministry that God has called me into will be made possible. Please remember that you are always part of the ministry.

Isaac Mang
College of Biblical Studies Student and Volunteer Pastor, Falam Christian Church, Indianapolis
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