What is OnLine Giving?
Online Giving is an easy and convenient way to support St. Mary's. The benefits of online giving include the convenience of being able to give from anywhere at a time that is best for you, not having to write checks, and the ability to set up recurring donations so you don't miss an opportunity to give when you are away. And, because you may set up donations to BOTH regular offertory and second collections, there is no need for envelopes.
Is it Secure?
We take protecting the security and privacy of our donors’ payment information and transactions very seriously. That’s why our payment processing service, Vanco Payment Solutions, utilizes the most advanced technology and follows the most stringent guidelines to ensure all your information remains secure. And to ensure it adapts seamlessly to any changes in technology or the business environment, Vanco reviews its security measures and policies continuously. You should always be able to trust how your information is handled by your payment solutions provider.
As part of its comprehensive security and privacy safeguards, Vanco only collects the pertinent information required to perform your payment transactions. And, that information is stored in Vanco’s secure system and only used when needed to fulfill your requests and services. Read about Vanco's security and PCI compliance...
What are the Benefits?
Members are able to give using direct withdrawal from checking and savings accounts and credit or debit cards, giving you more payment options. St. Mary's no longer has 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 donations help with our cash flow and churches have also found that the ease and convenience of online giving often results in an increase in contributions.
What About Second Collections?
Our system allows you to make gifts to both our regular weekend offertory AND our second collections. Flexible options for giving frequency and setting payment dates add to the convenience. The desktop version of our system lists ALL funds available while the mobile app (Give+) lists only the most commonly used funds and the second collections for the month. For that reason, if you decide to set up all of your donations at once or recurring donations, we recommend accessing the system from a desktop computer.
How Do I Make My Donation?
From the ONLINE GIVING drop-down menu at the top of the web page, choose Give Now. That takes you from the church’s website to a secure donation page hosted by Vanco Payment Solutions. The donation page lists all of the funds which support St. Mary's and the Diocese. You may give to any and all funds during the same session, making it convenient to set up your donations.
Type a dollar amount in the Amount box
Choose a giving frequency from the drop-down menu (e.g., weekly, monthly, etc.)
Choose the date you want your donation to be made. IMPORTANT: In selecting a "Start Date" from the calendar, please choose a date that is at least two business days in the future. This provides Vanco the necessary time to set up your account in the event you are going to have funds directly withdrawal from your checking or savings account.
Optional: Choose an end date
Repeat the steps above for other funds if you want to set up more donations
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Continue link
Fill in the form with your contact information and payment method
It is recommended that you save your profile by creating a password. This will enable you to access your account and make changes to existing recurring donations
Check the box to indicate you are not a robot
Click the Process link to complete your transaction
Do I Still Need Envelopes? What Do I Put in the Collection Basket?
Think of our new online giving system as a virtual collection basket. Once you set up recurring donations for your regular offertory and second collections, there is no longer a need to use envelopes. But if you or your family enjoy the act of placing a gift in the collection basket, "I GIVE ONLINE" cards will be available in the Gathering Space for your use.
Giving Fact: Did you know that printing and mailing envelopes to parishioners costs St. Mary's $1,200 a month?
Do I Have to Use the Online Giving System?
Although we encourage everyone to take advantage of the convenience of online giving, you may make your gifts to St. Mary's in any way you wish. Our research has shown that only a small percentage of our parishioners are using the envelopes they receive. Over 250 of our members are using direct Automated Clearing House (ACH) withdrawal for regular offertory. Many others are choosing to place loose checks in the collection basket without using their member envelopes. Others use cash donations, especially for second collections. We gratefully accept all gifts and thank you for your generosity.
I Already use ACH Withdrawal for my Offertory. What Happens Now?
In addition to your regular offertory withdrawal, you are now able to designate second collection withdrawals for facility maintenance fund, St. Vincent de Paul and all other second collections through the year. Contact the parish office to assist you with setting up these additional donations.