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    We’re excited to announce that our online giving system is getting an upgrade! Our hope is to provide a better giving experience for everyone. Over the past couple years, giving online to Ward Church has steadily increased. Last year alone, we witnessed a 20% increase in online giving. That’s fantastic and we appreciate so much the audacious generosity of our members. Your giving helped to keep our ministries going during such a challenging year. We’ve been working toward upgrading our online system for some time and this seems to be the optimal time to do that.

    Starting May 3, the new online giving system will be available and provides both you and Ward Church with a variety of benefits, including:

    • Offers enhanced online giving experience on all devices
    • Uses your existing myWARD username and password
    • Easier ways to login and manage stored payment methods
    • Tools to maximize your gift’s ministry impact
    • Ability to modify any scheduled recurring gifts
    • Streamlined processing for Ward Church staff and volunteers

    This new giving tool works in sync with the rest of our database. However, if you have any bank accounts or credit cards saved in our current online giving system, due to the secure manner in which they are stored, we cannot automatically transfer your financial information and will need your help to do that.

    Making a one-time gift:

    Starting May 3, if you want to make an one-time gift online, visit ward.church/give and choose “Give Now.” Then input your bank or credit card information. The system will save the information for the next time you make a gift.

    Change your recurring giving:

    If you have a recurring gift set up now, we will need you to cancel your recurring gift starting May 3. Then, set up a recurring gift in our new system. Beginning May 3, visit ward.church/give and choose “Move Your Recurring Gift.” Follow the step-by-step process for transferring your account information.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the benefits of the new system?

    • An enhanced online giving experience on all devices
    • Easier ways to login and manage stored payment methods
    • Tools to maximize your gift’s ministry impact
    • Ability to modify any scheduled recurring gifts
    • Streamlined processing for Ward Church staff and volunteers

    How can I increase my gift’s ministry impact?

    • In the U.S. alone, digital giving costs churches over $30 Million every year. Credit card companies charge between 2-3% on every transaction. Banks charge about 0.5%.
    • Set up your new gift using a bank account instead of a credit card. Bank account gifts cost the church significantly less to process – which means more money can be released to the ministry, not to cover more overhead costs.
    • Regardless of which payment method you select, this new system gives you the option to cover the processing fees, so that 100% of your intended gift can go directly to the ministry.

    What will happen to my recurring gift in your old system after June 30, 2021?

    If you have a gift with a series end-date beyond June 30, 2021 it will be continue to be withdrawn from your bank account or credit card until the defined end-date. It will not automatically cancel.

    We ask that you please transition your recurring online giving no later than June 30, 2021 so we can shut down our old system and save on costs and resources. We want to be good stewards of the finances God has entrusted us with.

    Will this new system work with the Ward Church mobile app?

    Yes! This new system is compatible with our Ward Church mobile app for iOS and Android. However, you’ll need to update your app to the most recent version released in May of 2021. If your app is not the most recent version, a notice will appear at the top of the Ward app’s Dashboard.

    I give using my bank/credit union bill pay service, does that have to change?

    We receive paper checks for these gifts and they are not impacted.

    Is my giving using a charitable foundation impacted by this change?

    If you give via Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or another charitable foundation, those gifts are not impacted.

    Is giving from my IRA (Qualified Charitable Distribution) affected?

    Giving from your IRA is not impacted, we receive paper checks.

    Will this affect my paper check or cash giving?

    No, giving mailed to Ward or dropped off, in the form of a paper check or cash is not impacted.

    I use text giving. Will that be affected by this change?

    The text-to-give number (248-206-2481) will remain the same, but you will need to reinput your payment methods.

    Need Help?

    Need help with the new system? Please reach out to jeff.mitchell@ward.church or call/text (248) 308-5884.

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