LUMC Electronic Giving Q & A

Q. What is electronic giving?

    A. Electronic giving offers three forms:

1.      Electronic Funds Transfer:  Once you register your bank account on the secure donation website, the contribution amount you specify will automatically be transferred from your bank account to the church’s bank account. 

2.     Electronic Checks:  Most banks offer online checking that allows the user to electronically write a one-time or recurring check to the church from the user’s checking or savings account.   This is the same network already used by many to make mortgage and utility payments or to receive payroll direct deposits.

3.     Online Giving:  Individuals can make a one-time or recurring contribution to the church using their credit card (or electronic check) by clicking on the blue “Online Giving” link on Lima UMC’s web site.3.

Q. What are the advantages of electronic giving? 

   A. Electronic giving makes it easy to fulfill stewardship commitments, even when you can’t attend services. You never have to bring cash or checks to church. Giving electronically also helps the church save money and improve its budget.

Q. When will my contribution be deducted from my account? 

   A. Your electronic contribution will be debited on the date you specify. 

Q. If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight? 

   A. Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement.  Electronic payments via credit card will show up on your credit card statement.

Q. Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made my contribution? 

   A. Your bank statement will provide an itemized list of electronic transactions. It is your proof of contributing. 

Q. What if I change bank accounts? 

   A. You may update account information on the donation website at any time. 

 Q. Who processes the credit card donations?

   A. Vanco Services, a company endorsed by the United Methodist Church General Council on Finance and Administration as a partner in offering electronic donation services, will process your donations. 

Q. Is electronic giving risky? 

   A. Electronic Giving is less risky than writing checks or bringing cash to church. Electronic contributions cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed, and have an extremely high rate of accuracy. 

Q. How much does electronic giving cost? 

   A. It costs you nothing.

Q. What if I try electronic giving and don’t like it? 

   A. You can cancel your authorization at any time. 

Q. How do I sign up for electronic giving? 

   A. Signing up for electronic fund transfer depends on the form you choose.

1.      Electronic Funds Transfer:  Go to the electronic donate website, complete a profile, and schedule a donation.

2.     Electronic Checks:  Sign up for the service at your bank.

3.     Online Giving:  Click on the “Online Giving” link on Lima UMC’s web site.