At Bethel, we believe that giving back to the Lord is an oblitunity – an obligation and an opportunity. As people who have been greatly blessed by God through the person and work of Jesus, we have the obligation of joyfully giving back to Him a portion of what He has so freely bestowed on us. But giving is also an opportunity to worship Christ and to use our resources to further His Kingdom both here in Northwest Indiana and around the world.
WAYS TO GIVE
There are several ways to give to the Lord through Bethel Church and we encourage you to consider which option will work best for you.
You can give online through our portal, Pushpay. You can give one time, or set up a recurring gift. Gifts will still be recorded in your Hub profile.
Place your checks/cash in the offering on Sundays. Please note that checks placed in the offering basket are recorded on the Sunday when they are received. Remember, in order to receive the appropriate documentation you need for tax purposes, your name and address must be clearly identifiable on your check. If you prefer to give in this way, we recommend that you request offering envelopes.
MAIL A CHECK
Mail your checks (please don’t send cash) to the church office. Checks are recorded on the postmark date on the envelope:
If your bank has automated bill paying (i.e. JP Morgan/Chase) you can set up Bethel Church to receive electronically generated checks, allowing you an easier way to be systematic in your giving.
Remember, in order to receive the appropriate documentation you need for tax purposes, your name and address must be clearly identifiable on your check. For gifts made by mail at year end, IRS regulations require that the postmark stamped on your envelope bear the same year as that for which you intend to receive credit for the gift. We are precluded by law from crediting in December any gift received by mail postmarked in January of the subsequent year.
GIVE VIA TEXT
Bethel has added a new easy way to give. The process is simple, secure, and you do not incur a fee. Be aware that if your autocorrect feature is turned on, it could change the destination of your donation. It may also add a hyphen to the phone number, but that is okay.
After you have given, you will be taken to a “Gift Successful” screen. You will receive a confirmation email shortly after your gift is made. Once you create an account on your first gift, you will not need to put in your information each time.
Many companies match employees’ gifts to charitable programs, and there are certain Bethel divisions that meet many companies’ requirements for matching gift programs in the event that Bethel Church does not qualify. If you know your company has a matching gift program, or believe they might, please contact the individual at your company who handles matching gifts to obtain any paperwork on your company’s policy and your eligibility as an employee. You may also want to ask the contact person for your company’s matching gift program if Bethel Church has received matching gifts in the past. In the event that Bethel needs to complete any paperwork, or confirm completed donations, please direct all requests to Chad Stooksbury or call us at 219.663.9200.
STOCK OR MUTUAL FUNDS
You can donate appreciated securities – stock, mutual funds, bonds, ADRs (American Depository Receipts), and other ‘property’ – and oftentimes receive a greater tax benefit than you would receive as compared to selling the appreciated securities and then donating cash. Donations of appreciated securities are recorded as a charitable gift at the appreciated amount. Also, by donating appreciated securities you can avoid recording a capital gain in the security (assuming the investment has appreciated and that you have held the asset for more than one year). You should check with a tax professional before initiating any transfer of securities. Please contact us if you are considering this kind of gift so that we can understand how you would like this gift to be utilized and send you a tax receipt in a timely manner.
DONOR ADVISED FUNDS
You can make a gift to Bethel via a Donor Advised Fund, such as Fidelity Charitable Giving. Please keep in mind that your tax receipt will be issued by the Fund, not Bethel. Bethel will include any Donor Advised Fund gifts on your contribution statement, under the ‘non tax deductible’ section. If you wish to make a gift toward a pledge, please be sure to notify the Donor Advised Fund so that we know to record the gift as such.
Any questions about giving can be directed to our finance department.