Take a quick video tour to learn more about our online giving. It really is that easy!
WHY SHOULD I GIVE ONLINE?
It is more convenient. Giving from your mobile phone, tablet or computer is really simple. And if you already pay most of your bills online, you probably don’t access a checkbook much anymore. Now you don’t need it for giving either.
You don’t have to wait to give. If you want to really give God the first fruits of your labor, you can donate on payday!
You don’t have to be in attendance to give. You can give from home while working on your finances, give while your on vacation, or anywhere you’re connected to the internet.
You can access your giving history or download a giving statement anytime, so you can always know exactly when and how much you’ve given.
Online Giving saves time – yours and ours.
Oak Pointe’s online giving is quick and simple – faster than finding checkbooks or taking out cash. And if you set up recurring giving, gifts happen automatically at an interval you decide without the need to log in every time you want to give.
On our end, using online giving saves our staff significant processing time. Not only do the checks and cash need to be counted, but all that data needs to be keyed in every week and bank deposits need to be made. With online giving, tithes and offerings both move into the bank and into the right funds in our ledger seamlessly.
WHAT IS PASSWORDLESS LOGIN?
Passwordless login (or email authentication) works like this:
You do not need a password to log in. On any page, you’ll see a login link in the top right. Type your email address in the box and click “Send me a login” link. You’ll be sent an email with a login link which is good for up to 30 minutes and you won’t have to remember a password. Unless you logout or don’t visit the site in over 14 days, you’ll stay logged in on your authenticated device. This is similar to how Gmail or Facebook leave people logged in.
The big advantage is better security. Passwords are neither secure nor simple. The vast majority of people re-use their passwords even though we all know we shouldn’t. Practically speaking, most people don’t have a strong, unique password for every site or app.
The second advantage is that it completely removes the need for donors to go through an account creation process. If they donate and they have an email, their account is just created for them on the fly. We already ask donors for their email address (so we can issue them a receipt).
IS EMAIL AUTHENTICATION REQUIRED EVERY TIME?
The frequency of having to use email authentication when you give online, depends on how often you give. Once you’re logged in, you’ll stay logged in for a number of days – just like you’d expect with Gmail, Facebook, or any other web application. If you haven’t visited the giving site in over 14 days, we’ll ask you to log back in using email authentication.
HOW CAN I VIEW MY CONTRIBUTIONS?
Once you log in to Oak Pointe Online Giving, under “Donation History” you will see all of your contributions processed through our new system. You can view by year and download your donation history to a spreadsheet. Giving from our previous system will not be reflected in the new Oak Pointe Online Giving.
WILL I RECEIVE A RECEIPT?
When giving online, you will receive an email receipt showing when you gave, the amount of your gift, and where that gift was designated.
CAN I GIVE ON SUNDAY OR BY MAIL?
Yes! We will continue to take an offering each Sunday, and accept giving through the mail.
WHERE CAN I MAIL CONTRIBUTIONS?
You can always send a contribution to the church’s mailing address, which is:
Oak Pointe Church
1250 South Hill Road
Milford, MI 48381
WHERE IS MY TAX STATEMENT?
- Check your spam folder(s)
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 248.685.3560 to check which email we have on file. Not receiving your statement indicates we may have the wrong address and will re-send your statement once we have it corrected.
Our finance department is in the process of planning for distribution of 2019 giving statements. We can now join spouses’ giving accounts which will allow us to email one giving statement per household in January. Over the next few weeks, if you receive an email notifying you of this, please know it is legitimate and isn’t cause for concern. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com