Grossnickle Church of the Brethren

Continuing the work of Jesus.  Peacefully.  Simply.  Together.

Online Giving FAQ's

What is Online Giving?

Online Giving is an easy and convenient way to support the ministry of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren by making donations directly on line through our website.  Online Giving is available by clicking the “Donate” link on the website.

What are the benefits of donating online?

The benefits of using Online Giving include the convenience of being able to give from anywhere at a time that is convenient for you and not having to write checks, so you don't miss an opportunity to give when you are away from the church.

How does the church process online donations or online payments?

GCOB uses PayPal to process credit card and direct withdrawal donations and payments.  PayPal handles all of the security necessary for processing the transaction and then transfers the money into the church bank account.  The church receives an instant notification about the donation/payment.  Our bookkeeper is able to enter donations into the normal giving record just like donations given on Sunday mornings. 

How secure is online giving/payments?

PayPal is a secure way to make a payment with your credit card or bank account information because this information is only processed on PayPal's secure system.  The church never sees or has access to your credit card or bank account information. 

For additional security, the name, email and donation amount that you enter on the website are also encrypted using a secure socket layer.  When you click on the "Donate" link, you will see that the URL changes to https so that all traffic is encrypted using our website provider's (Wild Apricot's) secure connection.

Will the information I provide be kept private?

We take your privacy very seriously.  When you make a donation/payment, the bookkeeper receives an email with your name, the amount of your donation/payment, and your email address.   The church does not have access to your credit card or bank account information and does not share your email address or name.

How can I keep track of my online giving / payments?

When you donate online, you will receive an automated email from the Grossnickle Church of the Brethren with a receipt and confirmation of your donation.  If you have a PayPal account then you can also see a record of donations or payments by looking at your account history.  All donations and payments using your credit card will show up on your credit card statement clearly marked from Grossnickle Church of the Brethren.

Can I make an anonymous donation on line?

There is no way to make an anonymous donation through the use of online giving because PayPal does not have the ability to process anonymous donations.  The bookkeeper at the church is the only one who knows who makes donations and the amount of the donation.

Do I need my own PayPal account?

There is no need for a PayPal account if you wish to make a donation using your credit card.  You will need a PayPal account to make a donation or payment directly from your bank account. 

Is there any charge or fee to me for this service?

No. You select the dollar amount for your gift or payment.  That is the dollar amount that will be charged and your entire donation is tax deductible.  The church pays a nominal fee to PayPal for the convenience and security of the service.


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