Make Sunday mornings and Saturday evenings easier by signing up for Electronic Giving!
Electronic giving works just like automatic bill pay that you may be using to pay for your electric or gas bill, or other recurring charges that you agree to have automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Not only is it safer and more convenient than writing checks, it also saves Guardian Angels time and money. It’s a win-win solution for you and the Church.
Commonly Asked Questions about Electronic Giving
Q. What is Electronic Giving?
A. Electronic Giving is an automatic transfer program which allows you to make contributions to Guardian Angels without writing checks.
Q. What are the advantages of Electronic Contributions?
A. Not only does it save you time but it also helps Guardian Angels with your consistency in giving and reduce administrative costs.
Q. How is my Electronic Contribution automatically deducted from my account?
A. Once you authorize the transfer, your specified contribution is electronically transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.
Q. When will my contribution be deducted from my account?
A. Your contribution will be deducted from your account on the dates you specify with weekly, monthly, annual or one-time frequency.
Q. Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made a contribution?
A. Your bank statement gives you an itemized list of electronic transfers, but you will also still receive your end-of-year giving statement in January. This statement will show the contributions that you have made to the Church, both Electronic and contributions made by check or cash in your envelopes.
Q. Is Electronic Contribution safe?
A. Electronic Contribution is much more secure than check or cash contribution. It can’t be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail, and it has an extremely high rate of accuracy. Vanco Services, the company that facilitates these transfers, deposits your contribution into Guardian Angel’s Bank Account at Nicolet Bank in Chaska. Nearly all of our neighboring parishes use Vanco to administer their electronic giving programs and they come highly recommended by the parish staff in all of these parishes.
Q. What if I change bank accounts?
A. We highly recommend that you not only set up your giving amount, giving frequency, and banking information, but a user profile as well. This way you can log in to your saved user profile to update your banking information or to change your giving amount and frequency. You can call our Parish Business Administrator at 952-227-4001 and he/she can go into your profile and, upon your request, make these changes for you. However, we highly recommend this method.
Q. How much does Electronic Contribution cost?
A. It costs you nothing and saves you time! There is a cost to the parish that is more than offset in administrative cost savings when you use your banking account and routing numbers (0.35% of your contribution as of May 2023). When you use your credit/debit card number, the cost is significantly higher (currently 2.75%), so we prefer the first method!
Q. What if I try Electronic Contribution and don’t like it?
A. You can cancel your authorization for Electronic Contribution at any time by notifying our Business Administrator in writing or by calling him or her. But, once you have enjoyed the convenience, time, and money savings of Electronic Contribution, we doubt you’ll want to go back to making contributions the way you did before.
Q. How do I sign up for Electronic Contribution?
A. Simply click on the “Online Giving” icon above to create your profile and set up your online giving. You will need either your bank account and routing numbers for your checking or savings account or your credit/debit card number. Please note that using your bank account and routing number is slightly less expensive for Guardian Angels.
Q. Will I still receive envelopes? What do I do with them?
A. Yes, you will continue receiving envelopes. One set of family envelopes costs the parish about $5.00 per year. We do recommend that you choose to continue to receive the envelopes. This is so that you can easily give to other special collections that we have during the year that we do not list as options for electronic giving such as World Mission Sunday or Bountiful Basket. Also, if you have the ability to give a little extra for a period of time, it would be easier for you to make an additional, trackable donation. Some families may choose to have their children use them for their weekly contribution.
Still have questions? Please contact the Parish Business Administrator at (952) 227-4001.