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Introduction to Online Giving
Online Giving offers a simple yet powerful way for church members to give to their church and to completely manage their contributions online. Any member with a bank account or a credit card can use the application to donate electronically to the funds of their choice via their church’s website. For members who are unable or who prefer not to use the Online Giving application, church staff can set up and manage online accounts for them.
Among the top reasons for using Online Giving is its ease-of-use and convenience. The application is simple and intuitive, providing a point-and-click user interface that novice users and experienced computer users alike can learn quickly and easily. Giving can be done automatically on a user-defined schedule via electronic transfers from a checking account or automatic payments from a credit card.
The Online Giving system is safe and secure. Givers can be assured that their financial information will remain protected and private.
Advantages for Church Members
Online Giving is the ideal solution for members who want to use the Internet to manage their personal finances and business. This method of giving costs nothing for members as they are charged no administrative or operation fees to use the system. In addition, Online Giving is safe and secure. Electronic gifts cannot be lost or stolen, and members can keep their personal information private because confidential data is directly entered into a secure Online Giving site. The system uses the most current encryption methods to help safeguard a giver’s privacy.
After creating an account, members can log in to the website and accomplish their charitable objectives in a variety of ways: by making a pledge, a one-time gift, or a recurring contribution. At any time, members can easily adjust the amount and/or timing of their contributions and cancel a gift at any time before the date of their next contribution. Contributions are easily made by using a checking account or a credit card. In addition, there’s no waiting for the mail to obtain contribution statements and summaries of past donations because these documents are available online at any time.
Online Giving is convenient and donations can be made at any time and from any location. Individuals who have moved away or who are unable to attend church services—even traveling church members and snowbirds—will find the option to give online especially accommodating because electronic giving can be done 24/7 and from anywhere in the world. The system enables donors to designate gifts to specific ministries and funds of their choice and to do so anonymously, if desired.
Online Giving Security
The Online Giving website provides a 128-bit secure browser connection to process your transactions and protect your information. Online Giving uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to ensure that all of your information you enter is encrypted. To verify that SSL is functioning, look for the padlock or key icon on your browser.
To ensure that no one gains unauthorized access to your account, the Online Giving website uses a time-out feature to log you off if you are inactive for a specific amount of time. This helps protect your account if you happen to leave your computer unattended.
Your information is stored on secure servers that are contained behind firewalls and other defense systems to prevent unauthorized access.
You can also help keep your information secure by observing the following security practices:
• Never share your password with anyone.
• Change your password on a regular basis (every 60 days).
• Logout and close the browser window when you are done.
• Use antivirus software that is updated on a regular basis.
If you have questions about Online Giving or need support while using the application, use any of the following methods to contact us:
• Click here to complete online contact form
• Send email to email@example.com
• Call or Text 209-383-3924
• Fax 209-723-6510
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Online Giving?
Online Giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings, or credit card account into your church's bank account.
2. What are the advantages of Online Giving?
It makes it easy to fulfill stewardship commitments, even when you can't attend church. You never have to bring cash or checks to church. Giving electronically also helps the church save money and improve its budget!
3. How are my contributions automatically deducted from my account?
Once you complete the online registration form, the contribution amount you specify will automatically be transferred from your bank account to the church's bank account.
4. When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
Your electronic contribution will be debited on the date you specify on the donation form.
5. If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement as well as your online reports.
6. Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
Your bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transactions as well as your online reports.
7. Can I put different amounts in offerings and have all of them withdrawn at different times?
You can set up to contribute to different offerings at different times; HOWEVER you will have to do each one separately. You will receive a receipt for each one.
8. What if I change bank accounts?
Login and update your account information.
9. Is Online Giving risky?
It's less risky than writing checks or bringing cash to church. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed and have an extremely high rate of accuracy.
10. What if I try Online Giving and don’t like it?
You can cancel your authorization by deleting your accounts and donation dates.
11. How do I sign up for Online Giving?
12. How is my online banking donations different from online giving donations?
Why online banking donations end up as paper checks? The perception that church members have when they donate through their bank's online bill pay service is that their donations will be sent to the church electronically. The reality, however, is that these donations are actually mailed as paper checks. As a result, the church has to manually process and post these donations, just as if the checks were enclosed in a contribution envelope.
Why are paper checks being mailed to my church? When a member makes a donation to church through a bank's online bill pay service, the bank refers to a directory to see if the church is able to receive payments electronically. If the church is not in the directory, the bank mails a paper check. This happens millions of times each month to every conceivable type of entity—from small churches to giant corporations.
Is there a way to get these donations electronically? Yes! ParishSoft Online Giving — a leading provider of electronic giving solutions for churches—offers an innovative, low cost solution. Before checks can even be printed, ParishSoft consolidates online bill pay transactions on behalf of our church and delivers funds and data electronically. Funds are delivered to the church's bank account via a single daily ACH deposit and comprehensive reporting is available online 24/7.
Complete the online registration form and select the donations and the amount you would like to donate along with your credit or debit card information. It's that easy!