WHY WE GIVE
We are commanded in the Scriptures to give. It is an act of worship & compassion. It is essential to our spiritual well-being & a God-ordained means for spreading the message & love of Jesus. Giving is really important, but maybe not for the reasons you think. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches that giving isn’t really about our money. It's about our hearts. Jesus wants your heart, and He knows that He can't have your heart if you are controlled by money. Regular, intentional giving breaks the power of money in our lives & sets our hearts on God and His Kingdom.
Q. Why do you want us to use Bank Transfers instead of Credit/Debit Cards?
Good question. First, credit cards can be dangerous. They can entice people to spend money they don’t have and bind themselves in financial debit. We don’t want any part of this consumer, credit-driven culture. Second, using your credit/debit card, takes money away from ministry.
Bank Transfer Fees = 0.5% + 40¢. (Your $100 gift = 90¢ in fees.)
Credit/Debit Card Fees = 2.5% + 40¢. (Your $100 Gift = $2.90 in fees.)
The fees for credit/debit cards are up to 5 TIMES GREATER. That adds up fast. If everyone chooses to give via credit/debit card, it would cost something like $17,000 annually. If you do choose to give via credit/debit card, please consider adding 2.5% to cover the fees.
Q. How do I text-to-give?
Here’s how to set up text-to-give in four easy steps:
- Text the word “GIVE” to (484) 302-7272. (This is GVF’s giving #. You’ll want to save it in your contacts.)
- If it’s your first time giving, you’ll be sent a link that will send you to a secure site to register your personal information & giving information. At this point, you can enter your Bank Account or Credit/Debit Card info.
- Enter the amount you want to give, e.g. $25.
- From then on, you can give anytime you want! Just text the amount to (484) 302-7272.
Each time you use Smart Giving to donate, you will receive a confirmation email with details of your latest donation & year-to-date giving.
Q. What if I accidentally text the wrong amount when I text-to-give?
No worries. Just text “EDIT” to (484) 302-7272 and it will walk you through how to change the amount. If you want to altogether stop the donation, just text the word “REFUND” to (484) 302-7272. It’s that simple.
Q. Why are We using text-to-give?
Besides it’s convenience, the great benefit to the text-to-give option is that it allows us to immediately respond to God’s prompting as an act of worship. (As opposed to digging for cash or our checkbooks, which are becoming progressively old school and obsolete.)
Q. Is Smart Giving the only giving option?
Nope. As long as they keep printing money & making checks, we’ll accept them. You can still place cash & checks in the giving boxes on Sunday morning or mail them to our office at 1485 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. You can also use your bank’s “bill pay” option to give directly to GVF. However, the of Fall of 2017, we will be phasing out our other online platforms (Dwolla & PayPal).
Q. Is Smart Giving secure?
Yes. All financial information is stored with bank level security. All information is encrypted and stored by our banking partner to Level 1 PCI compliant standards. Level 1 PCI compliance is a set of rules stated by credit card companies and audited by an independent third party, Level 1 PCI is the highest possible rating. Additionally, all transmission to our banking partner and on our site is via an encrypted HTTPS connection.