How is online giving through the Tithe.ly portal different from online giving through my bank?
Online giving through the Tithe.ly portal allows you to give to our church using a credit card, debit card, or electronic check transfer to multiple funds.
Online giving through your bank (banks typically refer to this as “bill pay”) is set up through your banks website and allows your bank to send checks directly to Vision Baptist Church on your behalf.
If I already give through my bank’s bill pay, do I have to change anything?
No, you do not need to change anything. You can continue to give as you are currently doing.
Why is Vision Baptist Church offering online giving through Tithe.ly?
As people write fewer checks, carry little or no cash, and engage in more online transactions, we recognize that church giving was an area that did not allow for the convenience of online giving.
Online giving provides a next step in your discipleship journey where you can decide in advance to give faithfully and give consistently even when you are unable to attend a worship service. Plus, it means you no longer have to worry about forgetting your checkbook or cash, finding a working pen, or wondering where an offering envelope might be. You can give through the convenience of your computer or smartphone, even during a worship service.
How do I access the online giving option?
Simply click the “CLICK HERE TO GIVE” link that is located at the top and bottom of this page of the website.
Is online giving through Tithe.ly secure?
Yes, Tithe.ly is an online donation system built with ministry and security in mind. Tithe.ly is used by churches around the country for giving and makes security a primary concern. They are Level 1 PCI compliant, as is required by all websites dealing in financial transactions.
Are there any costs associated with giving online through Tithe.ly?
As with any electronic transaction these days, our service provider does charge a small percentage of each transaction to cover the costs of online payment processing. This percentage is less for transactions involving a bank account (checking or saving) and a little more for a credit card transaction. We account for these fees, but you can help offset these costs by choosing the “Cover card processing fees” option when you give. In contrast, there are no fees charged to VBC when you use your bank’s online bill pay system.
What forms of payment can I use for online giving?
You may use a Debit Card, Check Card, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or eCheck/ACH. However, we strongly encourage you not to use a credit card if you carry a balance. Please do not go into debt giving money to Vision Baptist Church.
Is my tithe/offering tax deductible?
Whether you give online or in person, your tithe/offering will be tax deductible as permitted by current law. You will receive a single giving statement at the end of the year that you can use for tax preparation.
Can I review my giving history online?
Yes, if you have registered, the site will allow you to review your contribution history. In addition, we will continue to prepare yearly giving statements that you will be able to pick up at the Church Office at the designated time each January or that will be mailed to the address we have on record for you.
I have other questions. Who do I contact?
Please email the Church Office at [email protected] We will get back to you as soon as possible.