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E-GIVING/PAYPAL FAQ
Q. WHY IS THE CHURCH OFFERING E-GIVING?
A. We are excited to offer as many convenient ways to give as possible.
Yes, the Church needs offerings to operate, but this is primarily a spiritual
issue between you and God. We want to help you be faithful in your
stewardship recognizing that many families are on the go and that the ways
people give are changing. Many people do not carry cash or a
checkbook…and we’ve all had that experience of leaving a signed check
laying on the kitchen table when we barrel out the door for worship. If you
are happy with the way you are currently giving, great! Please don’t change
your routine. This is simply a different opportunity to help members of our
Church with their worship through giving.
Q. WHAT IS PAYPAL?
A. PayPal is an online service for businesses and non-profits to accept
payments/donations online. It’s a widely used and safe way for people to
send money on the Internet.
Q. DO I NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO DONATE?
A. No — You can simply enter your payment information on PayPal’s
secure website and the donation will be sent as a one-time gift to the
church. If you have a PayPal account, you can set up recurring debit/credit
card or bank draft giving.
Q. HOW DOES THE CHURCH GET THE MONEY I SEND?
A. After you complete the payment information steps at PayPal, the funds
are immediately deposited in the church’s online PayPal account. The
financial secretary will then transfer your donation to the church’s bank
account.
Q. ARE THERE ANY FEES OR COSTS TO GIVE ONLINE?
A. Not to you. The full amount that you choose to donate goes to TUMC
and is considered a tax-deductible gift. There is a small fee to the church
for the processing of credit and debit cards. To use a no-fee giving option
please consider setting up a recurring bank draft through the church office.
Contact the church office for assistance.
Q. IS MY INFORMATION SAFE AND CONFIDENTIAL?
A. Yes — Online giving is actually less risky than handwritten checks. An
online transaction cannot be lost, stolen, or destroyed. PayPal
automatically encrypts your confidential information using the Secure
Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) with an encryption key length of 128-bits (the
highest level commercially available). When you give through PayPal, the
church does NOT see private information like your debit card or bank
account number.
Q. HOW DO I KNOW MY DONATION MADE IT TO THE CHURCH?
A. You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you complete
your donation. You can keep the email as a receipt for tax purposes. Plus,
e-giving transactions will appear on your giving statement from the Church.
Q. HOW IS MY CONTRIBUTION DOCUMENTED?
A. The financial secretary is the only person who will receive an email
notice each time a contribution is made online. Using the address
information you provide, your contribution will be recorded for the church
records. Your online giving will also be added to your year-end contribution
statement.
Q. CAN I DESIGNATE HOW MY DONATION IS USED?
A. Yes — you may select from current funds on the secure link. However,
you may only designate to one fund per transaction.
Q. WHY DO YOU ASK ME FOR MY ADDRESS AND OTHER
INFORMATION?
A. This information is needed to confirm that your debit, credit, or bank
information belongs to you. It also is the information that the church needs
to make sure that your year-end contribution statement is mailed to you for
tax purposes.
Q. CAN I USE A CREDIT CARD TO GIVE ONLINE?
A. When using the online giving system through PayPal, you are asked to
enter your credit card information. The use of a DEBIT card attached to a
checking account instead of the use of credit cards is strongly advised. If
you choose to give with a credit card, we encourage you to remain
financially responsible by not accruing any debt and by paying off your
credit card statement on a monthly basis.
Other questions? Contact the church office directly for help. 309-925-2011.