Electronic Giving (E-Giving)
Electronic Giving allows your weekly or monthly contributions to be charged to your credit card or transferred electronically from your checking or savings account directly to the church account.
While away on vacation, you have peace of mind knowing that your pledge has been received and is contributing to the work of the church, especially during those otherwise low cash flow months of the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is e-giving?
E-Giving is short for electronic giving. It is an automatic transfer program which allows you to make contributions without writing checks. You can go online to a SECURE site through our parish website and arrange for your pledge to be charged to your credit card or to be debited from your checking or savings account. You can do a one-time donation, or you can set it up to automatically take care of your donation on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Isn't online payment just for large companies?
Not at all! National Envelope Services, the company that will service Epiphany’s e-giving, specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small organizations. They have been doing this since 2004 and are one of the most cost-effective and efficient providers of e-giving solutions. They are also a very security-conscious provider.
Why do people request e-payment for their giving?
Many people request online payment through e-giving because it takes the hassle out of paying bills and keeping up with charitable offerings. Also, individuals who receive their pay or benefits via direct deposit and who already pay many other bills online are already familiar with the convenience and safety of online transactions through a highly secure site such as the one we use.
How will I know the dollar amount that will be charged to my credit card or deducted from my checking or savings accounts?
For a fixed recurring transaction, the dollar amount deducted is the same amount that was initially authorized.
How will I know the date the payment will be deducted from my checking or savings accounts?
Payments are deducted on the date you indicate in the initial authorization unless that date is a Saturday, Sunday or Federal holiday, in which case it is deducted on the first business day following that date.
How much does it cost me to use this service?
It costs you nothing. There are transaction fees that are charged to the church for the convenience of this service, however. They vary depending on the number of transactions which occur per month, but generally, the fees per bank transaction are between 20¢ and 50¢, and approximately 2.5% of the total for credit card transactions. In exchange for the convenience of this service, we ask that you increase your offering a small amount to cover these transaction costs.
Reasons to sign up for Electronic Giving
- Peace-of-mind knowing that the church is receiving your contribution even if you are unable to attend
- More secure than checks
- All contributions are recorded for you on your bank or credit card statement with date of settlement
- It costs you nothing!
How to SIGN UP for E-giving today
- Click on the E-Giving Login at the left. Then, click the "Not signed up yet" link on the login page to complete a short member profile. At this point you can use the system for credit or debit card transactions. However, if you want to take advantage of the Electronic Fund Transfer option (EFT) to have your donation come from your checking or savings account, you must complete a member ACH form online. Click on "Checking/Savings Authorizattion" to provide your bank routing number and account number to complete the process.