Q: Why e-giving?
E-giving provides simplicity and convenience for you, while saving time and labor and actually strengthens the church's funding.
Q: Is this new?
The Church of the Immaculate Conception has been benefiting from e-giving since April 2009. Many area parishes have been using e-giving for years.
Q: Are electronic contributions risky?
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.
Q: If I don't write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
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 gift.
Q: How is my electronic contribution automatically deducted from my account?
Once you authorize the gift, the secure software initiates the process through your bank or card company and funds transfer from you account to the Church's account and are properly designated to the purpose of the gift.
Q: When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
Within 24 hours for credit and debit card transactions; 72 hours for checking or savings account donations (ACH).
Q: How often will I be able to give electronically?
Funds are transferred monthly or bi-monthly on the days of the month that you designate.
Q: Can I change the amount of my offering transfer?
A: Yes, you may do so by submitting an authorization form with the changes to the parish office. Additional gifts may be placed in the offertory baskets at anytime.
Q: Will my e-giving amount be the same every time?
A: Yes, if you choose to give monthly. If you choose to donate on a weekly basis, the amount will vary depending upon whether there are four or five Sundays in the month.
A: You can change or cancel your electronic giving at any time with written instruction. Call the parish office at 518-399-9168 with any questions.
Q: Can I put amounts in different funds and special offerings, and have them all withdrawn from my account at different frequencies?
A: At this time, we are offering e-giving for the regular weekly sacrificial giving and the Church’s renovation fund. Holy days and special collections maybe added at a future time.
Q: What do I use when I do my taxes? Will I get a statement of everything I gave online?
A: You will receive a statement from the church with all your donation information (via E-Giving or in person). This can be used for tax purposes.
Q: Can anyone who works at the church see my account number?
A: A designated staff person will be the only person to input the data into the E-GIVING SYSTEM’S database. The information and the files will be maintained in a locked and secured confidential file separate from other parish files.
Q: What can I use to put into the collection basket when it comes around to me?
A: If you like, you can use the card provided that says “I gave electronically”. Cards will be available at each entrance to the church.
Q: Without a cancelled check, how can I prove I made my contribution?
A: 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.
Q: How much does electronic giving cost?
A: While transfer fees are less than a postage stamp, the church is willing to take on that cost to help insure the regular faithfulness of your giving, which strengthens the Church. Credit cards have an additional percentage added so if at all possible please use your checking account for good stewardship.
Q: How do I sign up for electronic giving?
A: 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 and returned to the rectory or mailed. Mark the envelope "ATTN: Kathy Friscic."
Q: What if I don’t sign up for e-giving?
A: You will continue to receive envelopes. Call the parish office at 518-399-9168 if you are not receiving envelopes and would like to.
A: The Church is using the services of E-GIVING SYSTEMS to administer the program. You can visit their website and learn more about the organization at http://www.egivingsystems.org.