Here at First Church, we offer several different contribution options. Beyond the traditional cash and checks (for which we are immensely grateful), other options include credit card (via our new membership database portal), PayPal, donated securities, direct distributions from retirement accounts, and planned giving. Also be mindful, your employer may offer workplace giving or matching gifts to double your impact.
Membership Database Portal
In June 2019, First Church launched its new membership database. The new database offers each member their own personal login. Once logged in, you can review your personal information and giving history. As well, you can contribute to the Church directly through the portal by indicating what amount you are contributing and providing your credit card details. The contribution will automatically be reflected on your account. If you have not yet registered your membership account in the database, please go to this link and click “Start here” to create a new account.
Tithe.ly and PayPal
If you are a congregant, the membership portal is the recommended option for electronic payments, but First Church also accepts contributions through Tithe.ly and PayPal. Automatic and one-time payments can be facilitated through both via credit card or direct withdrawal from your bank account. You must register for a PayPal account to use the PayPal option. To give via Tithe.ly, you can contribute here. You can also set up a personal account and download the mobile Tithe.ly application to your phone for consistent and easy giving. First Church’s direct PayPal link can be found here: www.paypal.me/fpcnyc.
Donating long-term appreciated securities to First Church in lieu of cash can be a way to avoid paying tax on capital gains while also contributing to First Church. By doing so, your charitable donation is recognized as the current market value of the stock, with no recognition of gain or loss on the security holding.
Please consult your own investment advisor for further information. When contributing securities to First Church, please contact the Business Office for complete instructions at email@example.com.
Direct Distributions from Retirement Accounts
If you are of the age when you are mandated to draw required minimum distributions from your retirement account, you can elect to have all or a portion of the distribution sent to First Church. This is called a qualified charitable distribution. A qualified charitable distribution will satisfy your distribution requirement as well as provide a contribution to the Church, which may result in a favorable tax benefit. Please consult your financial advisor for more information.
Please keep First Church in mind when planning your estate. We encourage you to consult with a trusts and estates attorney to optimize your planned giving alternatives.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Business Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.