Bern UCC Online Giving via Paypal
Thank you for your interest in making a contribution to Bern Reformed UCC, Leesport, PA. If you have questions about how PayPal works, view our PayPal Frequently Asked Questions.
Online gifts to our church via credit card or PayPal account are transacted via the church's PayPal account directly from the PayPal secure website. Simply click/tap the "Secure Donations by Paypal" button (). You will be redirected to a PayPal screen where you may complete your financial transaction securely. Please note that you do not need a Paypal account in order to use this service. All major credit cards are also accepted. If you wish to donate to a specific project, please add a note in the "Direct my donation to:" box on the Paypal page.
To contact the church directly about your contribution or to arrange monthly payments via your bank account, please email us or you may call (610) 926-1161 for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Donating Online
What is PayPal, and how is Bern UCC using it to enable online donations?
PayPal allows us to collect donations from a button on our website or an email link. It is a low cost way for us to make it convenient for you to keep your pledge up-to-date, or, perhaps, send a donation when you cannot make it to church.
Why did you choose PayPal?
It is the most widely-used donation provider and we have confidence in its reliability. Also, it is inexpensive. In fact, we do not pay anything unless someone donates, and then PayPal retains a small percentage of the donation as a transaction fee.
Will the information I provide be kept private?
Do I have to have a PayPal account?
No. Look for the button that allows you to choose to use a major credit card (American Express, VISA, etc.) You can safely use one of them without ever signing up for PayPal.
How secure is online giving/payments?
PayPal is a secure way to make a payment with your credit or debit card because this information is only processed on PayPal’s secure system. The church never sees or has access to your credit card or bank account information. For a more comprehensive information see PayPal’s security overview.
Is there any charge or fee to me for this service?
No. You select the dollar amount for your gift or payment. That is the dollar amount that will be charged and your entire donation is tax deductible. The church pays a nominal fee to PayPal for the convenience and security of the service.
Does 100% of my gift go to Bern UCC?
If you give via cash or check then Yes but, if you use the online service provided by PayPal then No. With every single donation, PayPal will take 2.9% plus $0.30 of that donation as a processing fee. For instance if $100 is given, PayPal will take $2.90 plus $0.30 to pay for their processing. Bern UCC would receive $96.80 of the original $100.
Is there a way I can set up a recurring donation to the church?
Yes. Contact your bank to use bill payer or ach services to set up a recurring payment to Bern UCC.
How can I keep track of my online giving / payments?
You will receive an annual giving statement from the church which lists all donations you have given (online and in person). If you have a PayPal account then you can also see a record of donations or payments by looking at your account history. All donations and payments using your credit card will show up on your credit card statement clearly marked from Bern UCC.
Are you encouraging people to borrow to support the church?
No. We are simply making it convenient for people who prefer to donate online to do so, not asking people to incur debt to do so.
Do I have to be a member of the church to donate?
No. We are grateful for support from all donors. PayPal does ask for your contact information.
How do I make sure my donation is credited to the correct campaign?
There is a place to designate whether your donation is for current expenses or another area of your choosing.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. Bern UCC is a 501(c)(3) organization; qualified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Since qualified churches are not subject to federal income tax, these donations are tax-free to the church. Donors, in turn, may be able to deduct their contributions to churches on their income tax return.
I cannot figure out how to make PayPal work.
Please call the church office at 610-926-1161 or email us for assistance.