Giving at sandhills
God calls us to give generously of our time and talents to serve the church and our community.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
In April 2023, we began to transition our giving platform from PushPay to Planning Center Giving.
Why the Switch?
Minimum of $16,000 per year savings ($1,300 per month)
Potential additional savings from:
Switching to ACH donations vs Credit/Debit cards
Donor selects to cover transaction fees
Fully integrated with Church Center app and Planning Center database
Provides seamless access for donors to easily view their own giving history
Provides simplified integrated record-keeping for financial office
Planning Center uses Stripe for financial management in Giving and Event Registrations. Stripe is PCI-compliant and specializes in secure and encrypted financial transactions. It is widely used by organizations such as Amazon, Google, Instacart, and Lyft. Stripe maintains third-party security and never shares your bank account login details with Sandhills or Planning Center.
Lowest Fee Giving: ACH Donations From Bank Account
Select “Add bank account”
Agree to Stripe Terms
Select/Search for your bank
Enter your bank login credentials to verify your account*
Select desired bank account
Enter email and phone to save/link to Church Center app
*If your bank does not support instant verification,
micro-deposits are used to verify your account.
Note: No Memo Field
Per IRS nonprofit regulations, any contributions designated or restricted to a specific project, individual, or organization are only considered tax-deductible if they are set up as an official giving Fund by the church. Therefore, to protect the tax-deduction status of your donation, Planning Center Giving only allows official Fund selections and does not include a Memo field for online contributions. If you need to provide additional information with a donation, please submit via cash or check, and include a note.
Sandhills Giving Funds
>General Fund (default)
>Feed the Flock (Benevolence)
>Student Ministry Scholarships
*Some Sandhills Funds are open and available for limited time periods only (e.g., Angel Tree, Capital Campaigns, Water Filters, etc.).
Existing Recurring PushPay Donations?
No change required yet; donations will continue to process as-is!
Our Finance Office will contact you over the next few months to help switch everything over.
To go ahead and move your recurring gifts:
Deadline for Donors to Transition?
PushPay will shut down for Sandhills donations
August 1, 2023.
Stripe Transaction Fees
Visa/MC = $0.30 + 2.15%
ACH = $0.30 + (0%)
Cover Transaction Fees To Help Further Reduce Costs!
Simply opt to “Cover Processing Fee” in the app or online whenever you give!