If you would like to make donations to support the ministry of New Life Presbyterian Church, here are several options.
- At Sunday Service
- Through the Mail
- Through Your Bank
- Through Your Employer
- American Express Membership Reward Points
- Securities and Property
- The Presbyterian Church in America Foundation
Please note that credit cards can be used as a convenient and effective way of managing payment of commitments and expenses and of transferring funds. For that reason we include the option of giving via credit cards. However, we want to offer a gentle reminder. It is not consistent with principles of good stewardship to give money you do not have and thereby increase your debt load.
You may make individual online gifts via PayPal and Dwolla below. Dwolla has recently announced changes to some of the account functionality and services available through its web and mobile applications, so personal accounts are no longer able to ‘Send’ funds to non-profit accounts on Dwolla.com. If you would like to set up a recurring gift, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PayPal & Dwolla fees: Dwolla assesses no gift transaction fee for gifts to non-profit organizations. Unless you set up PayPal to draft directly from your bank account (which can be done quite easily and securely), PayPal will deduct a transaction fee from your gift (for instance, a $250 gift would be assessed $7.50). If PayPal drafts your gift directly from your bank account, no fee is deducted.
At Sunday Service
You may place a cash gift in the offering on Sunday morning. However, in order to receive the appropriate contribution documentation needed for a tax deduction, you must also include your name and mailing address.
You may place a check in the offering on Sunday morning. Please remember that in order for your check to qualify as a charitable tax deduction, your name, address, and date must be clearly identifiable on each check.
Through the Mail
In order to make an offline donation we ask that you please follow these instructions:
- Make a check payable to “New Life Presbyterian Church”
- Please mail your check to:
New Life Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 6878
Ithaca, NY 14851
Please do not send cash.
All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged. Please remember that in order for your check to qualify as a charitable tax deduction, your name, your address, and the date must be clearly identifiable on each check. Also note that IRS regulations require that gifts made by mail must be credited to the calendar year in which they are postmarked.
Through Your Bank
If your financial institution (e.g. Tompkins Trust Company or Cornell Fingerlakes Credit Union) offers automated bill paying, you can designate New Life Presbyterian Church to receive electronically generated checks.
Please direct your bank to send electronic checks to the church office at the following address:
New Life Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 6878
Ithaca, NY 14851
To help you be systematic in your giving, your bank should be able to generate checks on a monthly, weekly, or quarterly basis.
Please note that IRS regulations require that gifts made by mail (even when mailed by your bank) must be credited to the calendar year in which the gift was postmarked.
Through Your Employer
Many companies match employees’ gifts to charitable programs and organizations. If you know your company has a matching gift program and believe that New Life might meet their matching gift program requirements, please contact Randy Stair or Mark Bailey at the Presbyterian Church in America Foundation (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.700.3221) to assist with the gift-matching application and receipt of the gift.
United Way Designated Giving
If you give through your company’s United Way program, you may be able to “write-in” a regular gift to New Life Presbyterian Church through United Way. Check with your employer’s representative about this possibility.
American Express Membership Reward Points
You can donate your American Express membership reward points to New Life Presbyterian Church. Reward points are rebates on purchases made by American Express card members and the reward points have a cash value. Reward points can be used to purchase premium goods offered by American Express, or they may be applied to the cost of airfares, car rentals, hotels, etc. However, reward points are also extendible to qualifying charities. If you have an American Express card, you may wish to assign your reward points to New Life Presbyterian Church.
Securities and Property
You may donate appreciated securities, such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds, American depository receipts, real estate, and other ‘property,’ to the church.
Donations of appreciated securities are recorded as a charitable gift at the appreciated amount. Therefore, the tax benefits of donating are often greater than first selling the appreciated securities and later donating the cash.
By donating appreciated securities you can avoid recording a capital gain in the security (assuming the investment has appreciated and that you have held the asset for more than one year).
Please check with a tax professional before initiating any transfer of securities. If you decide to donate a gift of this kind to New Life Presbyterian Church, please contact Randy Stair or Mark Bailey at the Presbyterian Church in America Foundation (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.700.3221).
We recommend to you the excellent stewardship services of the Presbyterian Church in America Foundation. The PCA Foundation exists to provide charitable financial services to Christians, enabling them to carry out their stewardship responsibilities and charitable desires to financially support the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. While the PCA Foundation is a denominational agency, it is chartered to serve the needs of anyone in the support of all churches and Christian organizations that are committed to the gospel.
PCA Foundation services include preparing personalized Estate Designs for individuals, serving as Trustee of Charitable Trusts, establishing and administering Endowments and Designated Funds, receiving, and distributing Bequests and providing services to carry out lifetime giving, primarily through its Advise & Consult Fund®—a donor-advised fund.
Unlike many other foundations, the PCA Foundation is donor-driven— that is, the distributions made are almost exclusively designated by the donors themselves. The PCA Foundation devotes its expertise to the personal assistance of donors through education, motivation, and serving as the facilitator to see that a donor’s wishes are carried out. This includes working not only with individuals, churches, and pastors, but also with professionals in a number of arenas, including stockbrokers, financial planners, attorneys, and insurance professionals, among others.