FAQs about Stewardship and Online donations
1. What is New with online giving?
You can now make a payment on any of your devices for your pledge or cash gifts to CPC. Set up regular giving or a one-time gift to a specific fund such as a Presbytery offering or the Capital Fund. Go through the church website at chcpc.org or your personal Realm profile. It couldn’t be easier to give electronically using your credit card or Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) processed through your checking account.
2. Can I pledge online?
You can make payments online, but the pledge process (communicating your giving intentions to the church) is not online. To pledge: turn in a pledge card, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 323-6522.
3. I am worried about storing my financial information on a vendor website.
Vanco Payment Services has a PCI (Payment Card Industry) rating of Level 1; the highest awarded and considered the gold standard.
4. I am currently using the Electronic Funds Transfer Service through my bank; do I need to switch?
No! You may continue using the EFT’s initiated through your bank. The advantage of using the new Realm profile is that you can make occasional one-time gifts (via EFT or charge card) and see your entire donation history.
5. Can I make recurring payments and occasional one-time gifts?
Yes. Any combination of gifts types is possible. You could set your pledge amount as a recurring monthly EFT and you could make occasional one-time gifts via either EFTs or your charge card.
6. I have heard that online giving costs a lot.
EFTs are very economic at about $3/year as a flat fee. Credit card processing runs about 3% of the transaction amount. We urge those who prefer to use charge cards to check the box, “Contribute an extra 3% to offset processing costs” effectively covering that expense.
More questions? Call the Financial Administrator at the church office (630) 323-6522.
Click on the Donate Now button on the CPC website and make a gift today!