Legacy Giving

Build John Knox Ranch into your estate plans and ensure JKR will be here for generations to come.
A legacy giving program is an important part of a sustainable camp and retreat center ministry. A legacy gift is a planned future gift that designates a portion of an individual's estate as a donation to a nonprofit they care about.

Legacy giving can be an option for all, not just the wealthy. There are a variety of financial tools that fit many income levels. Many legacy donors designate their gift toward the organization's endowment, thereby helping ensure that the ministry will be around forever.

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  • Have a discussion with your life partner about your charitable priorities. What legacy do you want to leave with your life?
  • Ensure you have an up-to-date will (or living trust) that reflects your charitable objectives.
  • Contact Texas Presbyterian Foundation (our endowment partner 800.955.3155) or your financial advisor, lawyer, or accountant, and ask for help in establishing a charitable gift.
  • It is not mandatory, but we encourage you to share the details of your legacy gift with us so that we can plan and track.
  • Have you already designated a legacy gift to John Knox Ranch? If so, please let us know!
      Contribute to our Permanent Fund
      You have the option to direct your bequest toward a specific use like camp scholarships or building maintenance. Or, designate your gift toward our Permanent Fund to help ensure JKR will be here for generations to come.
      Our friends at the Texas Presbyterian Foundation can help recieve donations of stock directly. Contact us and we will help set it up.
      Name John Knox Ranch in your Will or Estate
      Remembering JKR in your estate planning can have a significant lasting impact on the mission of John Knox Ranch. Discuss your options with your estate planning lawyer and contact us to learn about options.
      Think Beyond Cash
      Gifts can be made in the form of stock, real estate, insurance policies, vehicles, or personal property.
      Designate JKR as a Beneficiary
      Designate John Knox Ranch as a beneficiary of your life insurance, pension, IRA, or retirement account.
      There are a variety of financial tools and vehicles that fit many income levels, some you start funding now, some don't go into effect until after death. Learn about all the tools at the link below.
      Four generations of the Junkin Family impacted by John Knox Ranch
      Member Story
      Sam Junkin, now 90 years old and retired from ministry, was the pastor of the Presbyterian church in San Marcos when the presbytery was looking for a camp property in the early 1960s. He recalls being invited to join the search committee for a 'walkabout' on a potential property 20 miles west of San Marcos on the Blanco River. The property also featured a gorgeous spring fed swimming hole. That property became the camp and retreat ministry of John Knox Ranch.

      Today, the Junkin family boasts four generations of JKR campers. His son, David, is on the JKR oversight committee, his grandkids, Sarah, Emma, and Zach grew up at camp and then Sarah and Emma supervised the day camp for many years. Now, his great-grandchildren are campers in the summer. For years, Sam and his wife Adele made it their practice every spring to clean and re-stain the chapel on the hill at JKR until it became physically impossible. At Christmas, their family's practice is not to give personal gifts among themselves, but to make gifts to institutions like John Knox Ranch that make a difference in the world. It is no surprise then, that Sam and Adele have chosen to include JKR in their will. "David Stitt, former president of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, taught me once how scripture teaches us that 'Givers are happier than keepers.' I have found that to be true in my life. It gives us deep joy to support a place that has been such a blessing for my family."
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