This is the first of three weekly articles in The Voice about how you can contribute financially to Immanuel Highlands. This article talks about cash contributions. The next article discusses gifts of appreciated securities and the last article will discuss contributions directly from an IRA.
Whether by actual currency, checks, or electronically, one of the easiest and most familiar ways to give to Immanuel is by cash. Offering plates are passed during services, you can mail checks to the church, and you can donate via a few clicks on our parish website, immanuelhighlands.church. The website will even let you establish scheduled donations from a credit card, debit card, or bank account.
Contributions made through the website incur transaction fees that reduce the amount received by the church. The fees for credit and debit card transactions represent about 3% of the gift amount and fees for automatic deductions from a bank account are about 1%. You can maximize the value of your contribution by increasing the donation to offset the associated fee, but the parish gratefully recognizes the generosity behind every gift.
You are usually allowed an income tax charitable deduction for the value of the donation, but charitable contributions can reduce your tax bill only if you itemize your deductions.
Please note that Immanuel Highlands does not render legal or tax advice. For advice and assistance in specific cases, you should obtain the services of an accountant, attorney, or other professional advisor.