“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” – 2 Corinthians 8:
What is pushpay?
Pushpay gives us the ability to give through our mobile devices and allows young givers who may not have easy access to checks to start building their life around generosity early.
Why are we offering giving through Pushpay?
A reality of today’s automated systems is that many people now do a majority of their financial transactions such as bill paying via EFT. In an effort to make your financial stewardship as convenient as possible, you can now make your Church offering through Chesapeake EFT.
Why would I make my offering through Pushpay?
It’s really a personal preference, yet here are a few of the benefits we’ve heard.
- It ensures your offering is always made, even when out of town.
- It ensures consistency, not relying on remembering your checkbook.
- It is more convenient for those who only use debit and credit cards.
- It’s on your phone and easily accessible anytime, anywhere.
Are electronic contributions through Pushypay risky?
No. Pushpay like other electronic funds transfers (EFT) are governed by strict national rules and guidelines. Over four billion EFT transactions are processed annually in the United States. An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check, and it can’t be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail.
When would this electronic contribution be taken from my account?
On the sign-up screen, you specify the day and frequency; e.g., one time, weekly, monthly, etc. When the date you select falls on a weekend or holiday, the transaction will occur on the next banking day and you will see activity on your account regarding your donation within 3-5 business days.
Can I use a credit or debit card with Pushpay?
Yes, paying with debit and/or credit cards are acceptable. However, we strongly advise that you're mindful of monthly credit card payments to your creditor when using a credit card.
Is it safe to give online?
Yes. Credit card details are tokenized and are stored on your device and on industrial grade servers where this information is then encrypted. The security setup we have used is the same as many banks and is Level 1 PCI DSS compliant. For this reason, Pushpay is considered significantly more secure than many current types of offering including actually having a credit card physically present.
What types of bank accounts can I give from?
You can give online via from the following...
- ACH transaction from your bank account
- American Express
Can I just try this once?
Yes, one-time donations are gladly accepted.
How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?
Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail verifying your contribution.
If I don’t write a check, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?
Your contribution is made on a pre-established day, so you can deduct it from your check record then.
How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
Your bank or credit card statement will include an itemized list of automatic gifts given from your account. You can also check the giving history by logging into your online profile. We will continue to provide you with a personal giving statement for your tax records at the end of the year, or you can request a statement at any time from our Stewardship Office.
What if I change banks accounts or want to change the amount of my contribution?
You can change your giving choices at any time by logging into your online profile.
How do I participate in the weekly offering if my contribution is automatically deducted from my bank account?
You can participate by reflecting on the message of the song or media that is being presented. If you wish, you can write “I’m giving electronically” on a voided check or piece of paper and place it in the offering bag, but it is not necessary.
Are there charges associated with Pushpay?
Not to you. However there are fees charged to the Church for all electronic giving, credit card transactions costing the most.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
Email us at email@example.com or call the Stewardship Office at 410-257-5601 and we will be glad to answer any other questions you may have. Please be assured that should you choose to discontinue your use of Chesapeake EFT, we will make every effort to ensure your financial institution ceases any EFT.