WAYS TO GIVE
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
We are blessed by your generosity! The Lord is doing amazing things through Substance Church and we are honored that you’ve partnered with us financially.
Online giving provides a faster, easier and secure way to give one-time gifts and scheduled gifts. You can also easily edit and delete your scheduled giving, view your giving history, and download your giving statements.
Ways to give online include:
- electronic check draft
- debit card
- credit card
Each service has a time for offering collection. We accept cash or check* in the offering baskets. If you prefer to mail your gift, please mail it to:
Attn: Finance Department
PO Box 32830
Fridley, MN 55432
* Make checks payable to ‘Substance Church’
Statement of Activities
Church financials are updated online every six months (through January 31 for half year, and through July 31 for full year). Please note due to accounting compilation time requirements financials will not be published until up to 45 days after the close of the reporting period. The Substance Church fiscal year ends July 31. Half year statements may reflect capital expenditures in operating expenses as these expenses would not be capitalized until the end of the fiscal year. Financials are produced by an outside accounting firm Accounting Solutions, Inc.
1. How can I get my end of year giving statement?
You can obtain a contribution statement by clicking here. If you are registering for the first time and no giving record appears, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request your account be linked.
Please note business and organization statements are not available online and the previous year’s statements will be mailed by the end of January the following year.
2. Which account / subfund do I choose?
Substance offers two fund accounts General and Building (Imagine). The general fund is for your tithes and offerings. The building fund is for our building capital campaign. The subfund indicates the campus you attend. You can choose either of our two locations or if you watch our sermons online you can choose the online video subfund. If you attend multiple campuses please choose your home campus. Please note these account and subfund designations are for your accounting purposes only. Any contributions are solicited with the understanding that Substance Church, Inc., the donee organization, has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.
3. I clicked ‘give now’- but nothing happened?
You may need to disable your web browsers popup blocker. If you are not sure how to disable your popup blocker, you can try holding down the CTRL button while clicking on the Give Now button to temporarily disable the popup blocker feature.
4. Can I schedule recurring gifts?
Yes, you can schedule gifts for a onetime, weekly, twice per month or monthly occurrence. You can also set up as many scheduled contributions as you would like and cancel and modify the gifts at any time before the scheduled gift is processed.
5. My gift cannot be processed- what now?
Usually gifts are not able to be processed due to a mistake when entering your information or when your credit/ debit card has expired. Please verify you entered the correct information and your card has not expired.
6. How do I pay for church activities? (i.e. youth camp, etc)
Please do not pay fee payments through the online giving portal or place fee payments in the service offering as these payments will be processed as a gift and will not be applied to the amounts you owe. Please direct any fee payments to the department or ministry handling the activity either by mail or through the fee payment link sent via email (not to be confused with the online giving portal).
7. Is my giving tax deductible?
Generally, yes. Substance Church is an Internal Revenue Service determined 501(c)(3) which in most cases makes your gifts to Substance Church tax deductible for income tax reporting purposes. Cases in which you would not be able to deduct your contributions include, you do not itemize deductions on your tax return, payments made for the benefit of a specific individual (camp payments, concert tickets, fair market value of a silent auction item, etc.) and gifts exceeding any charitable contribution deduction limits imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (any gift exceeding 50% of adjusted gross income as of calendar year 2016).
8. Is online giving secure?
Yes. When you login to your account to give you will notice the web address will change from http:// to https//:. This means any information you send is encrypted using SSL encryption technology. This security technology is the same technology that banks and major online retailers use. Please do not email your credit card information.
9. If I use a debit / credit card to give, will Substance incur fees?
Yes, Substance has to pay merchant fees on all debit and credit card transactions. The merchant fee rates average about 2% of the donation for online credit card donations and 4% for mobile giving donations. All forms of payment have some sort of fees or costs to process, however, online bill pay and ACH forms of payments generally have the lowest fees and costs to process. If you are concerned about fees please give using your bank’s online bill pay service or through Substance Church’s online giving using ACH.
10. How can I donate non-cash gifts?
Substance Church accepts non-cash gifts. To download the non-cash (in-kind) gift form please click here. Non-cash gift donations include but are not limited to stocks, bonds, land, and other personal property. Please do not make any donation without first completing the non-cash (in-kind) gift form and obtaining approval from the Finance Department.