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Sample Bulletin Message to Promote E-Giving
December 1, 2013
This is an additional resource for readers of Transforming Parish Communications.
Sample Bulletin Message/Column (from the Pastor)
Title: What is the best method to financially support our parish?
I am so grateful for your generous support of our parish. It moves me to see the sacrifices people make so that we can reach out to those in need and to help each other grow as Christ’s followers.
Is there a “best” method to financially support our parish? The answer, generally, is yes. In stating this, I wish to emphasize that this preferred method might not be best for you and I encourage you to continue supporting the parish the way you currently are if it works well for you.
Here is a “general” list of methods people use to financially contribute to the parish. I have listed them in preferred order from the parish’s perspective. Please consider giving the top options a try if you are open to making it easier on us in the parish office.
1. Participation in the Parish’s Electronic Giving Program -- Electronic gifts made through this system are the most convenient gifts for the parish to process and the most consistent for parish budgeting. Most people enrolled in this option have a credit card charged monthly or a bank check automatically provided to the parish each month. It is very simple to enroll and takes nearly no time after enrollment. The parish saves on processing time, envelope printing, and sending charitable contribution statements for your taxes, as these are easy to print directly from your online account. If you pay your bills online or make online credit card purchases, I ask that you consider at least trying this system for six months. It would help us a lot.
2. Monthly or weekly e-check from your bank – If you do not want to enroll in the electronic giving program, but pay your bills in an online system from your bank, please consider creating a recurring weekly or monthly contribution to the parish and notifying us so that we can stop printing your traditional collection envelopes.
3. Monthly or weekly check in traditional parish envelopes – We encourage you generally, in planning your support to the parish, to consider your monthly bills and pray about how support of our parish fits into your monthly budget. If you pay most of your bills monthly, you might want to contribute to our parish on a monthly basis too instead of weekly. If you prefer to contribute weekly by check, please know we remain grateful for your support via this option. Checks still provide natural receipts and although less convenient than e-giving contributions, are certainly more easily accountable for the parish to record and process than simply cash contributions.
4. Cash in traditional parish envelopes – Cash contributions require additional processing controls and, for that reason, are less preferable to checks.
5. Loose cash -- We are grateful to all who support the parish through loose cash in the collection basket. Although this form of support may be the simplest way for parishioners to give is very unstable, however, and it doesn’t allow us to budget or meet accounting and reporting standards as requested today. It also does not afford the parish the opportunity to provide you a statement of your contributions for tax purposes at the end of the year. If you are choosing to contribute loose cash because you want your contributions to be anonymous, please know that you can select the “anonymous” option in our e-giving program and maintain anonymity and confidentiality in your giving.
I would be grateful if you would prayerfully reflect upon your current method of financial support to our parish and determine if you might be willing to give our e-giving program a try. Thanks again for your stewardship of our parish and for your support of our many ministries. God bless you.