Electronic Donation FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
While it provides a simplicity and convenience for you, it saves time and labor and actually strengthens our church’s funding.
No. An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check and it can’t be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. All Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) transactions are governed by strict national rules and guidelines. Over four billion EFT transactions are processed annually in the United States. Once your information is entered, your information will be stored securely.
You may use any major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover ), or your checking or savings bank account.
Your contribution is made on a pre-established day, so you can deduct it from your check record then. Your bank/credit card statements will also reflect your giving.
Once you authorize the contribution, a secure payment processing company initiates the process through your bank or card company and funds transfer from your account(s) to the Church’s account and are properly designated to the purpose of the gift.
Within 24 hours for credit and debit card transactions; 72 hours for checking or savings account donations (ACH).
Recurring donations are transferred monthly on the days of the month that you designate. If you have special needs, such as twice per month, or quarterly, these can be accommodated. Just check with the church office.
Yes, you may do so by submitting an authorization form with the changes to the church office. Additional donations may be placed in the collection baskets at anytime.
Yes, your amount for your monthly donation will be the same.
You can change or cancel your electronic giving at any time with written instruction. Call the church office at 315-637-2201 with any questions.
Can I put amounts in different funds and special offerings, and have them all withdrawn from my account at different frequencies?
At this time, we are offering electronic donations for the regular and special donations, Easter, and Christmas and special donations that you designate. If you would like to make a special recurring donation electronically, please call the office .
There is no change to the reporting that you will receive from the church for tax purposes. If needed, a report may be generated for you at any time for specific periods.
A designated staff person will be the only person to input the data into the Electronic Giving Program database. The information and the files will be maintained in a locked and secured confidential file separate from other parish files.
If you like, you can use the card provided that says “I gave electronically”. Cards will be available at each entrance to the church, and available for printing on the website.
Your credit card or bank statement shows an itemized list of electronic transfers. The Church also has proof of your donation. Any of these can prove your contribution.
There are no costs to the donor. There are costs associated with all transactions – cash, check, and electronic giving. Electronic giving incurs a small transaction fee, as well as a small percentage for credit cards. Overall, the church should benefit from increased funding, and less labor in processing our weekly collection.
Complete and sign the authorization form and return it to the church with a voided check, savings account deposit slip or your credit card information. The authorization form should be placed in a sealed envelope, deposited in the collection basket or mailed to the church office.