Electronic Giving

Electronic Giving

Why should I donate electronically?

Electronic Giving is a direct payment program where your contributions are debited automatically from your checking, savings, credit or debit card. This saves you time and makes it easy to fulfill your commitments even when you can't attend Mass. You never have to bring cash or checks to church, and giving electronically also helps the church save money and improve its budget.

What are the benefits of Electronic Giving?

  • Increases Cash Flow - Our donors will be able to initiate automated recurring payments, providing our parish with more predictable and reliable cash flow.
  • Saves Staff Time - When donors make their charitable donations from our website, our parish eliminates the manual, labor-intensive process of handling paper checks.
  • Accept Donations 24/7 - Our donors have the ability to make donations at anytime of the day, from any computer with access to the Internet.
  • Promotes Consistent Giving - Electronic Giving cultivates regular donors by offering an automated way to give. Donors will be able to contribute to our parish even when they are away.
  • Improves Donor Loyalty - With a convenient donation option in place, our donors will be more likely to continue their charitable donations with our parish. Furthermore, this option also gives anyone the opportunity to contribute. Our website receives visitors from around the world, and with this new option we can easily accept donations from anyone, anywhere.

How much does electronic giving cost?

This program costs you nothing!

Can I donate from my checking or savings account?

Yes, you can specify whether you want to make your contribution from either a checking or savings account.

What major credit cards do you accept?

For your convenience, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.

When will my contribution be deducted from my account?

Your contribution will be debited on the date you specify when completing the online form.

Is my personal and financial information secure?

Yes. Our service meets the highest security standards set forth by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) and is completely PCI compliant. In order to maintain a high level of service, the latest technology is utilized and risk management is incorporated into every facet of the transaction. All confidential data transmitted over any public communication network is encrypted by strong cryptography and encryption techniques (128-bit) such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC) to safeguard the data during transmission. All confidential data transported in computer readable storage media is also encrypted. Such data is marked when displayed online. To read more about security and confidentiality, download the Security and Confidentiality Overview.

Do I get a receipt for my donation?

Yes, when you fill out the online form, you must specify a valid email address. You will get a receipt of your donation emailed to your account immediately. You may use these receipts to show charitable donations come tax time.

Can I still give at church?

Yes! Electronic Giving is provided as additional option for your contributions, but you are welcome to continue giving traditionally at Mass.

If I give electronically, what should I do with my envelopes?

You'll notice that your weekly envelopes now have an "Electronic Giving" checkbox displayed. If you choose to give electronically, you can check this box and place your envelope in the basket at Mass. This is not necessary because the church office will already have record of your donation, but an option if you'd still like to physically participate in the offertory during Mass.

Please note that electronic donations go into a general parish fund. If you wish to give to specific accounts such as "Utilities" or "Parish Religious Education" you will have to use a check or cash and donate traditionally.

How do I make changes to a recurring payment?

By setting up a recurring payments, you became a returning member in our system. Your account can be accessed by logging in with a user name (email address) and password created by you. Simply log in to your profile to make changes to your recurring payment.

How do I cancel a recurring payment?

By setting up a recurring payments, you became a returning member in our system. Your account can be accessed by logging in with a user name (email address) and password created by you. Simply log in to your profile to cancel your recurring payment.

What's a returning Member?

With our electronic giving program allows you to make a one time or recurring payment. If you are signing up for a recurring payment, you are required to create a profile with a valid email address and password. This allows you to track your donations and control payment amounts and frequency. Creating a profile is also helpful if you would like to make a one time payment and have access to your donation history.

What if I'm already signed up but would like to create a profile?

If you are already an active participant in our online giving program, you may log on and create a profile to gain access to your account. As long as you sign up with the same email address you gave us in the beginning, the information will available to you immediately.

What do I do if I still have questions?

If you still have questions about our Electronic Giving Program, please contact Debbie Stewart at debbie@christthelightoftheworld.org or give her a call at 412.469.0196.