Alpha Online

Running Alpha online allows guests to join the conversation from wherever they are—across town, across the country, or around the world.

Sharing Hope

With a global pandemic came a culture-shifting, generation-shaping opportunity. A disruptive and painful moment in history has brought about one of the biggest opportunities of our lifetime to share the love of Jesus. As people continue to adjust to new realities, they have renewed questions and need a space to wrestle with the big questions of life. Moving Alpha into the online space has given many the chance to connect with others and discover a relationship with Jesus. Watch just how Alpha Online has been changing lives.

The three ingredients of Alpha:

Connection

We are wired for connection. Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table or a quick online catch-up, times of connecting are important. People long to be seen and heard. Alpha helps create a space for meaningful connection. Whether in person or online, all sessions start with a time of connection to relax and build friendships.

Content

The Alpha talks are designed to engage people from all walks of life and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”

Conversation

One of the most important parts of any Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic in a small group format. Guests hear from others and contribute their own honest perspective in a judgment-free environment.

Encountering Jesus Online

Justin’s Story

Running Alpha virtually has lowered the barriers to attending Alpha—whether for those who might want to attend but are homebound, parents who have no babysitter, or for people who otherwise wouldn’t feel comfortable stepping inside a church building. Watch Justin’s story to see how a simple invitation to Alpha brought him into a relationship with Jesus and out of homelessness.

The Complete Guide to Alpha Online

Everything you need to run a successful online Alpha is available in this guide. Register your course in MyAlpha to get it free now and begin praying, planning and preparing for your online Alpha.

Name Alpha USA in your Will

If you are writing your will for the first time, revising your existing plans, or own investment or retirement accounts or life insurance policies, please consider including Alpha USA among your charitable beneficiaries. In your will, you can name Alpha USA the beneficiary of a set amount, a percentage of your estate, or a percentage of your residual estate after you have taken care of your loved ones. If you have already written your will, it is usually very easy to create a codicil, or amendment, to your will. A codicil with specific changes, witnessed and notarized, is typically accepted into probate with the original will. If you need specific language to include in your will, contact the Vice President of Development at 1-800-362-5742 or kylewallace@alphausa.org.

Annuities and Other Life Income Gifts

Alpha USA can help you establish a charitable gift annuity that will pay you or a loved one an annual income for life. The remainder of the investment, when you no longer need it, goes to Alpha USA.

If you are a younger donor, a deferred gift annuity can help you plan for your retirement. By investing now and deferring the start of income payments until you reach retirement age, your initial investment has more time to grow.

In either case, the donor receives a tax deduction for part of the initial investment, plus a guaranteed revenue stream that is partially tax-free. Alpha USA receives the remainder. Each charitable gift annuity is unique to the circumstances of the donor. To learn more, discuss your options, or receive a customized annuity illustration, please contact the Vice President of Development at 1-800-362-5742 or kylewallace@alphausa.org.

IRA and Stock Gifts

Owners of Individual Retirement Accounts must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions at age 70 1⁄2. After that, a permanent tax provision allows you to make gifts to Alpha USA and other qualified charities directly from your IRA. These gifts are subtracted from your Required Minimum Distributions and do not count as revenue on your taxes. Because this type of gift actually reduces your income, it offers tax benefits even if you do not itemize your deductions.

Giving stock directly to Alpha USA may allow you to increase your gift and your tax deduction. When you give stock shares, you generally take a tax deduction for the full fair market value, which may be more than your original investment. Giving stock may offer significant advantage over giving cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds.

Please contact Finance at 1-800-362-5742 and let us know the type of stock and the number of shares you plan to donate. This will allow us to properly track your donation and ensure that it is transferred correctly and that you are properly credited and acknowledged.

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