Online Giving Frequently Asked Questions
Donations to Emmanuel United Methodist Church can be made through a secure online form as a one-time donation or on a recurring basis. Use the button below to go to the secure donations page.
What is online giving?
Online giving (also called electronic giving or e-giving) is an easy, convenient way to support the ministries of EUMC. The benefits of online giving include being able to give from anywhere at a time that is convenient for you, not having to write checks, and being able to set up recurring donations so you don't miss an opportunity to give when you are away from the church.
How does online giving work?
To use online giving, click on the button above which takes you from the church website to a secure donation page hosted by Vanco Services LLC. Contributions can be set up in two ways:
One-time donation (no profile required): You enter your name, address, payment method, payment amount and other essential information and submit the donation.
Recurring donations (profile required): You create a password-protected profile on the first visit to the donation page by entering your name, address, payment method and other required information before setting up a recurring donation. On future visits, simply log in to make, change or view donations. Recurring payments can be set up as weekly or monthly.
For both methods, you see a printer-friendly confirmation page and may also request an automatic email confirmation.
How can I keep track of my online giving?
As in the past, the church will prepare a year-end giving statement which lists all donations you have given. If you have an account with Vanco Services, you can choose to receive a record of donations through email. Electronic transfers will also appear on statements issued by your financial provider.
Is there a fee for this service?
No, there is no charge to you as the donor. The amount you select to give is the amount that will be charged. Your entire donation is tax deductible. The church pays a nominal fee to Vanco Services for the convenience and security of the services they provide.
What payment methods are offered by EUMC?
Our online donation page can accept direct debit payments from a checking or savings account using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) as well as from a debit or credit card. (We encourage you to manage debt prudently.)
How are online donations processed?
We use Vanco Services to process direct withdrawal donations. Vanco Services handles all of the security necessary for processing the transaction then transfers the money into the church bank account. The church receives electronic notification about donations. Donations are entered by the church's financial secretary the same way they are done when made by check or cash.
Is online giving secure?
Yes, Vanco Services is a PCI (Payment Card Industry) Level 1 compliant service provider which means all transactions are handled in accordance with the most rigorous security standards. The contributor's bank account, debit card or credit card information is processed only on Vanco Services' secure system which is verified by GeoTrust, Inc. You can see more information about Vanco Services security at www.vancoservices.com.
Can I make an anonymous donation with online giving?
No, Vanco Services does not have the ability to process anonymous donations. If you wish to contribute anonymously, please mail your donation directly to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 11416 Cedar Lane Beltsville, MD 20705