What is PayPal, and how is will the church use it to enable online donations?
PayPal is one of the largest online payment companies. They allow us to collect donations from a button on our website or an email link. It is a low cost way for us to make it convenient for you to make a one-time donation or to keep your on-going offering promise up-to-date.
Why did we choose PayPal?
It is the most widely-used donation provider and we have confidence in its reliability. Also, it is inexpensive. In fact, we do not pay anything unless someone donates, and then PayPal retains a small percentage of the donation as a transaction fee, 2.2%. This fee is lower than a general merchant transaction fee because we have non-profit status. We do ask that you increase your donation to cover the transaction fee.
Do I have to be a member of the church to donate?
No. We are grateful for support from all who feel motivated to do so. PayPal does ask for your contact information, and we do not currently accept anonymous donations online.
How do I make sure my donation is credited to the fund that I want it to go to, or to a memorial?
If you have a specific fund in mind, then please make a note in Review/Confirmation page by clicking on the + sign by “Please specify funds in Notes” to open up the comment box. Donations without specific instructions will be used for the ongoing work and ministries of the church. You may also send an email to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and amount of your donation, and specific instructions if you would like to make sure we see them.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. We are a 501(C)(3) corporation. Faith’s records will show your tax-deductible donation in the amount excluding the transaction fee; because we do not receive this money, we cannot show it on our tax records, so this may differ from your PayPal receipt.
I cannot figure out how to make PayPal work.
Please email the church at email@example.com and we will get someone to help you.