Getting Started with Online Giving: Resources from WNCC Treasury Services and WNCC United Methodist Foundation

March 18, 2020

As churches continue to meet online, WNCC Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation have produced this resource that provides several options for online giving.  While many of our churches already have online giving procedures in place, we know many do not. We hope these options will prove helpful for you.

*In addition to outside sources of online giving, the Western North Carolina Conference is working to establish an online giving link for any church to use.  Donors may use the link to make a contribution in the local church’s name. Treasury Services will receive the contributions and then forward on the funds to the local church.
More information will be made available when the link is active.*
 
It is times like these that we are appreciative of the United Methodist connection. We want you to know we are here to assist you and your congregation in whatever ways we can.  Please let us know if there are other ways that we might be of assistance to you.

Click here to find contact information for WNCC Treasury Services. 

Methods of Online Giving
*The Western North Carolina Conference is working to establish an online giving link for any church to use.  Donors may use the link to make a contribution in the local church’s name. Treasury Services will receive the contributions and then forward on the funds to the local church. 
More information will be made available when the link is active.
 
1. Set up Bill pay with your Bank –The donor uses the bank’s ‘Bill Pay’ feature to designate the church as the payee and schedules a one time or recurring transfer of funds to the church for a certain amount. The bank actually sends the church a check by mail and the church processes just like any other check. 
 
2.  Use Credit Cards – The popularity of credit cards from the donor’s perspective is obvious. The donor does not incur any additional cost of using it to make a donation to the church. In fact, he/she may receive added benefits such as airline miles, cash-back or some other form of rewards. The cost to the church ranges between 2 and 5% depending on various factors. 
 
Accepting Credit Card payment
Options for Online Giving:  https://givingfees.com/#church
 
Here are some of the fees
Stripe (non profit)
Monthly Fee   $0
Debit/Credit Card Rate         2.20% + $0.30/transaction
ACH Processing Rate           0.80% + $0/transaction
 
Paypal (non-profit)
Monthly Fee   $0
Debit/Credit Card Rate         2.20% + $0.30/transaction
 
Tithe.ly
Monthly Fee   $0
Debit/Credit Card Rate         2.90% + $0.30/transaction
ACH Processing Rate2         1.00% + $0.30/transaction
 
VANCO
for churches with less than $20k/month in donations
Monthly Fee  $10     
Debit/Credit Card Rate          2.75% + $0.45/transaction
ACH Processing Rate2         1.00% + $0.45/transaction
 
VANCO
for churches with between $20k-$40k/month in donations
Monthly Fee   $49
Debit/Credit Card Rate         2.35% + $0.35/transaction
ACH Processing Rate           0.80% + $0.35/transaction
 
PayPal is easy to set up and has nonprofit rates.
 
To get started first set up a PayPal account
What you need to know to sign up
Churches would sign up here
Then create the “code” for the donate button
 
 
3. Bank Transfer (ACH) – If the church negotiates an arrangement with the bank to process donations from its members electronically, it is considered an ACH transaction. In this case, the donor has to provide the church with their bank account and routing information, amount to be withdrawn from his/her account and preferred date of withdrawal. Such transactions are fully automated and electronic. A major drawback of this arrangement is that the safety and security of the donor’s bank information is not guaranteed. The church staff may not want to assume liability and take on added risk of keeping such information safe. 
 
 


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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
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Michael Bailey
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Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
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Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
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