Giving at Grace Church

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2018 Annual Report

Wow, what a year 2018 was. This past year, we saw a record high in numbers across multiple areas of ministry – praise God! It’s your generosity, your sacrifice of time and your commitment to God’s vision that fuels us to success! As you read some of the highlights from 2018, remember that numbers have names, names have stories, and every story matters to God. Enjoy!

— Tim Howey

View the Annual Report

Ways to Give

Give securely online using your bank account, debit or credit card.

Click here to give: Give Now

Give via your bank's online bill payment service.

When setting up your contributions to Grace Church using your online bill pay please use the following address to set up our profile in your system:

Grace Church
Attn: Contribution Processing
8500 W. 159th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223

Bill pay services allow you to designate an account number while setting up your Grace Church “vendor”. It is recommended that you use this field to tell us the intent of your donation. Here is an example:

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Also, if you are giving recurring gifts to multiple funds it’s recommended that you setup multiple Grace Church vendors in your bill pay system. This setup will trigger the issuance of two separate checks that are each individually labeled with the intent of your donation.

Text to Give

You can text “Give” followed by the number of the dollar amount you would like to contribute (i.e. “Give50”) to 855-734-7223.

Click here to see a listing of our text to give codes.

Offering Plate

Place your contribution in the offering plate during a Grace church service. Please include your fund (i.e. “General Tithes”) on your giving envelope or on the memo line of your check.

Mail

Send your contributions made payable to:

Grace Church
Attn: Contribution Processing
8500 W. 159th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223

Please include your Campus and Fund (i.e. “OP – General Tithes”) on the memo line of your check.

Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds

Complete this online form and forward the confirmation email to your broker to donate stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to Grace Church.

Contact our Finance Director, John Rauscher (jrauscher@visitgracechurch.com or 913-814-7223 x2450 ) if you have any questions or need additional assistance.

Other

Real Estate Property: Developed or undeveloped land and buildings.

Personal Property: Vehicles, boats, planes, jewelry, artwork, and collections.

Bequests: Include Grace as a bequest recipient through a will or trust.

Want to double your contribution?

Did you know some employers will match your contribution? Charitable Contribution matching doubles your giving impact to the kingdom. Ask your employer if they participate in charitable contribution matching.

FAQs About Giving

Getting Started with Online Giving

I'm new to online giving at Grace. How do I get started?

Getting started is easy! Your first step is to create a Grace Church Portal account.

I have a "Grace Church Portal" account. How do I give online?

Click here to give online using your “Grace Church Portal” account.

Do I need a "Grace Church Portal" account to give online?

No, you can give without a “Grace Church Portal” account here.

Why do I need a "Grace Church Portal" account?

Having a “Grace Church Portal” account allows you to see your giving history, download contribution statements, and see your pledge balances.

If I give online and do not log in to the "Grace Church Portal" will my donation be posted to my profile?

Yes, we have automated systems that link your “not logged in” contributions to the correct profile.

Online Giving

How do I schedule a recurring gift?

If you are logged in or giving as a guest you can setup a recurring gift.

On the “Donation” page, click on “Give Recurring” and click your preferred recurring giving schedule.

How do I update or cancel my recurring gift(s)?

Please follow these steps to update your recurring gift(s)

1)  Login to your “Grace Church Portal” here.
2)  Click on “Recurring Donations” on the right side of the screen.
3)  There will be a listing of your active recurring donations that can be edited or deleted.

Need help? Email our Giving Team at giving@visitgracechurch.com and we would be happy to assist.

I have a recurring gift scheduled and my credit card has expired or is about to expire. What should I do?

1)  Login to your “Grace Church Portal” here.

2)  Click on “Recurring Donations” on the right side of the screen.

3)  Select the applicable recurring donation schedule.

4) Click “Change” in the middle of the screen to update your payment method.

Delete expired payment methods by clicking on “Giving Profile” on the right side of the screen.

Need help? Email our Giving Team at giving@visitgracechurch.com and we would be happy to assist.

Which debit/credit cards does Grace accept and why?

Currently we accept MasterCard or Visa debit cards and MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover credit cards. Used within the parameters for which they were originally created, debit and credit cards can be an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, and then pay off the balance in full. For these people, we offer the option of using a credit or debit card to tithe. We strongly discourage those who have on-going credit card debt from using this option.

Is there a fee for online contributions?

There are processing fees charged to Grace Church for online transactions. Since electronic giving has become a popular way of giving, Grace is seeing a larger portion of your tithes and offerings being used to pay credit card and bank processing fees. If you would like to maximize your contribution to our ministries, we recommend utilizing online bill pay, eCheck service, or using a debit/credit card without a rewards program.

Giving Administration

Contribution deadlines?

Your ready-to-deposit check must be postmarked or delivered to Grace Church by December 31 in order for your contribution to count toward our current giving year. Online contributions must be initiated by December 31.

How often does Grace Church mail giving statements?

Grace mails giving statements four times a year. Look for them to be delivered to your mailbox in January, April, July, and October.

Is there an easy way to view my giving history?

Yes, when logged in to your “Grace Church Portal” account, you will have the option to click on “Giving History.” This link allows you to access your donation history and download giving statements for your records.

Can I designate a contribution for a specific purpose?

Yes, when giving over and above your tithe, you can set up a contribution for a specific purpose by selecting the applicable program in the “Designated” dropdown box.

Can Grace give tax or legal advice?

Current and prospective donors are strongly encouraged in all cases to consult with their own independent legal and/or tax advisors about proposed gifts, including tax and estate planning implications of the gifts. No representative of the Church shall provide legal or tax advice to any donor or prospective donor.

Accountability & Financials

What percentage of Grace's budget is allocated to Outreach?

Being consistent with one of Grace’s core values – Outward Focus – Grace commits the first 10% of all tithes to the Outreach Ministry.

What does it mean for Grace to be an ECFA member?

Grace Church is a member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA). Founded in 1979, the ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. Visit our ECFA Member Page to learn more about our commitment to financial accountability.

Does Grace have an annual financial audit?

Yes, Grace Church is audited annually. View our most recent audit here: May 31, 2019 Audited Financial Statements.

Please read this Financial Statement Summary in conjunction with our May 31, 2019 Audited Financial Statements.
Who is responsible for the financial oversight of Grace?

The Board of Directors provides oversight for the church in matters relating to business, finances, and policy. See our governance page.

I have other questions.

We welcome you to reach out to us with your questions.

E-mail: giving@visitgracechurch.com

Phone: 913-814-7223 x110.

Outreach

Our Vision at Grace is to help everyone become an outward-focused follower of Jesus. One of the ways our church is outward-focused is by giving 10% of our general offerings to outreach efforts. We want to use those funds to share the story of Christ in the community, in the region, and in the world. We also want to provide you with an opportunity to give directly to outreach ministry. Your generosity will have an impact on people that have never heard the story of Jesus!

Ultimate Investment

There are many types of investments we can make: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, cars, collectibles, etc. Each investment has a different level of risk and reward. What is “the ultimate” investment? It’s investing in people for Christ. It’s realizing that, when it comes to all the resources God has given us, “We can’t take it with us, but we can send it ahead” (Matthew 6:19-21).

The Ultimate Investment (UI) is the continuation of a long-term strategic plan to address the physical and spiritual potential of Grace Church, helping everyone become an outward-focused follower of Jesus. Your support of The Ultimate Investment will provide the resources for the continued growth of our current and future worship facilities. Our goal is to see every person seek God and make the Ultimate Investment in people for Christ!