Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the church offering this service?
Use of credit/debit cards and online purchasing are becoming more popular, as check usage declines. Online giving is much more convenient than preparing and bringing/mailing checks to church. The contributions are instantaneous and you get email confirmation.
How do I make donations?
Through the church website: http://www.pittsfordpres.org click on the “Giving” link at the top of the page, then click “Give Online Now”. You will be directed to a Donation page.
You may make a one-time contribution or set up a secure account with a user name and password to simplify future donations (and you will have instant access to your contribution history). Recurring donations can be set up for any amount and any frequency and can be modified by you at any time. Ease of payment also helps members budget their contributions throughout the year.
What donations may I make?
You may make a pledge or offering contribution for our annual budget, a Special Offering, Memorial gift, or designate a contribution or payment to any fund raising activity or mission event. Literally any contribution or payment you currently make to the church by check can be done electronically.
How do I pay?
You may elect to have funds transferred from a checking/savings account or by a debit/credit card payment.
Is it secure?
The payment process meets the strictest standards set by the payment card industry. Within the church, only the Financial Administrator has access to your payment information, and you will continue to receive a quarterly statement detailing all contributions/payments to the church.
Is there a cost?
There is no cost to the donor. The church incurs a nominal charge for checking/savings contributions and a 3% fee for debit/credit card payments. You have the option of increasing your contribution to cover the card fee. To minimize church expense, it would be helpful if large donations were made by check.
Who provides the service?
We have contracted with Vanco Payment Solutions; a leader in nonprofit and church payment systems in business for 17 years with over 30,000 clients. Visit their website: http://vancopayments.com/
How does the church benefit?
We no longer have to process your paper checks (bank bill pay programs also send us paper checks). This saves time and is more secure…and better for the environment!! Members making recurring contributions help smooth out our cash flow. Churches have also found that ease of giving often results in an increase in giving.