Morgan Hill Bible Church is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation in association with Next Generation Churches of Northern California and Nevada. Our Tax ID# is 68-0050432. All donations to MHBC are tax deductible to the extent that no goods or services were provided in connection with the donation.
Is it safe to give online?
Yes. In many ways giving online is safer than writing a check because an electronic gift cannot be lost or stolen. The security of the system is continually managed by Planning Center.
Can I view my giving record even if I don't choose to give online?
Yes. You may create a personal login and password if you'd like to view your giving record for the current and prior calendar years. This feature will become available to you approximately 5-7 business days after you have created your online account. This timeframe allows us to verify that your login is privately and securely linked to your giving record.
What types of bank accounts can I give from?
You can give online from your checking account, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
Are there any fees involved with giving online?
Not for you. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. In addition, online gifts are a more cost efficient way for the church to process donations.
Can I make a one-time contribution?
Yes. The system gives you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution. For a one-time contribution, you can designate that the contribution should be made immediately or, for both one-time and recurring contributions, you can schedule the contributions to come out of your bank account on the date(s) specified by you.
Can I change my personal information, the amount or the frequency of my gift once it's set up?
Yes. You can change or cancel your contribution at any time before the date of your next contribution. Simply log into the system using your username and password and make the necessary changes in the system.
Can I review my donation history online?
Yes. The site will allow you to view the complete history of your contributions, given either online or otherwise. Once you've created an account, you will be able to contribute immediately. However, for security purposes, before you can see any past contributions, we must manually connect your online account with your previous information. This is a one-time process when you initially create your account. After that, you can view your history at any time. For more information, see our security policy.
How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?
Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an email verifying your contribution.
Does it matter which Internet browser I use?
No it does not. Any browser will work.
Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church?
Yes. By January 31st, we mail out a contribution statement for all gifts given in the previous calendar year. We also mail out statements mid-year along with a financial report. Please make sure the church has your current mailing address.
When will contributions be taken from my account?
Contributions will be taken from your specified bank account within 48 business hours of the date you requested. This time frame allows time for the contribution to process through your bank and the church's bank. If the date of your contribution falls on a weekend or holiday, the transaction will be initiated on the next banking day.
Can I designate my gift?
While we prefer giving to our General Fund (undesignated giving), you can designate your gift for an approved project or program, such as the Missions Fund or the Benevolence Fund. Other approved projects or programs may arise periodically throughout the year.
Can I designate to a particular person?
No. A gift designating a specific individual constitutes a person-to-person gift and is not tax deductible. We cannot accept gifts designated for a staff member or to help a needy individual. You can designate your gift for the Benevolence Fund and suggest it be used to help a specific person but this decision will be made by the Benevolence Committee.
How do I support someone going on a missions trip, short-term or long-term?
When you write a check to support a specific missionary and indicate their name on the memo line of your check, you are in actuality making a donation to the missions fund created for the trip, not to the individual missionary. The church retains administrative and accounting control of the money and uses it to pay for the trip expenses. No money is given to the missionary other than to pay for their direct trip expenses such as food or transportation while "in country."
Can I see a financial report of how the church is doing?
Yes. We have an open policy of our finances to any regular contributor and church partner. We have a Stewardship team who oversees the finances and makes regular reports to our Elders. We will automatically send you a regular update along with your giving statement. A copy of the most recent report is also available upon request.
Thank you for your gift to God's kingdom through the ministry of Morgan Hill Bible Church. Please do not hesitate to call if we can be of any assistance to you or if you have any further questions.
At MHBC, we use an online database called Planning Center. Their system allows us to provide access to your contribution records and allows you to make donations online. They provide all of the security for the system. This system is used by churches throughout the country and has been fully tested by them.
There are two aspects of security related to the system. First, Fellowship One provides data security using the latest security technology. The following statement is from their security documentation: “[the system] utilizes the most current encryption technology to maintain the security of your data. Every parameter passed in the hyperlinks is fully encrypted. Additionally, the Login module handles passwords using what is known in technical terms as salted hash. In laymen’s terms, this means it would take 50 computers (running constantly) continuously presenting password combinations four years to discover the password.”
The second aspect of security relates to account creation. When you first create a new account in the system, you will be able to donate immediately, but you will not have access to any previous contribution information. Before that can happen, we must manually link your previous information to the account you created.
In order to verify the authenticity of the account request, we will ensure that all of your data matches our current records (e.g., address, phone number, and email address). If there is any question, we will contact you via email before creating the link. Since this is a manual process, we will perform these steps approximately once a week, but if you would like to speed up this process, you can contact us.
When you create your account, you will determine your own login id and password. If you forget your login id or password, you can have the system email it to you by entering the email address that you used when you created your account. If you need help or cannot remember the email address you used, you can contact us. You can also change your password at any time.
Please help us keep your information safe by protecting your login information. Access to sensitive personal and financial information can be gained by letting someone else use your account or by leaving the information for someone else to see. MHBC will never call you to ask for your login information.
Your information is held securely by the Fellowship One system. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions.
You can schedule new contributions at any time and can modify or cancel those contributions at any time prior to the date they are scheduled. Once the contribution has been processed, however, it cannot be cancelled.
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