You can donate by clicking the button below and for your convenience FAQ’s are below as well. Thank you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Direct Debit or Online Giving
Q: What are the major advantages of electronic giving by direct debit? A: Direct debit is all about convenience for you and the church. It reduces check writing and helps donors stay on track with pledges even when unable to attend services. The church also benefits from consistency of donations and a reduction in the volume of check and cash contributions that must be manually processed in the church office.
Q: How does Direct Debit Giving work? A: Contributions are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.
Q: How are my automatic contributions deducted and transferred? A: Contributions are transferred through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network – the same network already used by many to make mortgage and utility payments or to receive payroll earnings and other income.
Q: How can I sign up for electronic giving? A: Set it up yourself at www.beardenumc.org (it’s easy – click on the “Donate” button). Or, you can pick up, email or call to request an authorization form from the church office, then complete, sign and return it.
Q: When will my contribution be withdrawn from my account? A: A debit to your account will occur on the date(s) you specify on your authorization form, either:
- One-time – you choose the date
- Weekly – Mondays preferred
- Semi-Monthly – 1st and 15th
- Monthly on the 1st
- Monthly on the 15th (or next business day if holiday or weekend)
Q: How do I make changes to my fund, amount, date, bank account or frequency? A: Changes are easy online – or contact the financial secretary to make them for you.
Q: To what funds can I give? A: Funds currently listed are Operating Budget and Building Fund. If you want to choose something else, there’s a place to add it.
Q: How will I keep track of contributions and prove I made them? A: Since your contribution is made at a pre-set time, you should record it in your check register on the appropriate date. The itemized list of electronic transactions that appear on your bank statement can be used as proof of your contributions. The church will also continue to list transactions on your quarterly and annual contribution statements.
Q: Is giving by direct debit risky? A: It is certainly less risky than writing checks or carrying cash to church. To process electronic donations, the church uses Vanco Services, LLC, an established and highly-regarded company that moves funds directly from donors to the church on the same day without any delay. Vanco processes contributions for more than 10,000 churches and nonprofit organizations.
Q: How much does direct debit giving cost? A: It costs you nothing and it costs the church very little. Those who wish may sponsor one month’s online giving for $25 (contact the financial secretary to arrange); sponsor names may be shown on the web page. There is an optional line to give an extra 25 cents, if you wish, to cover your transaction fee. The church will pay 50 cents for authorizations or changes to your authorization (amount, date, bank account, or discontinuation).
Q: What if I try electronic giving by direct debit and don’t like it? A: You can cancel your authorization at any time by notifying the church or changing your online setup.