Giving - Frequently Asked Questions

How does the church process online donations or online payments?

ZPCI uses PayPal to process credit card and direct withdrawal donations and payments.  PayPal handles all of the security necessary for processing the transaction and then transfers the money into the church bank account.  The church receives an instant notification about the donation/payment.  The donations are entered into the normal giving record just like donations given on Sunday mornings.  

How secure is online giving/payments?

PayPal is a secure way to make a payment with your credit card or bank account information because this information is only processed on PayPal's secure system.  The church never sees or has access to your credit card or bank account information.  You can see more information about PayPal security here.

Will the information I provide be kept private?

We take your privacy very seriously.  When you make a donation/payment, the financial secretary of the church receives an email with your name, the amount of your donation/payment, email address, and mailing address.  The mailing address is used to send regular giving records for donations.  ZPCI never shares your information with anyone else.  You can view PayPal's privacy policy here

How can I keep track of my online giving / payments?

You will receive a regular giving statement from the church which lists all donations you have given (online and in person).  If you have a PayPal account then you can also see a record of donations or payments by looking at your account history.  All donations and payments using your credit card will show up on your credit card statement clearly marked from Zion Progressive Cathedral International.

Why is a "Shipping Address" mentioned in the process?

The "Shipping Address" is the address that is emailed to the church for our records.  We require this so that we can provide you with the documentation necessary for your taxes.  We cannot change the wording of this aspect of PayPal so hopefully it does not cause too much confusion.

Why does Zion Progressive Cathedral International accept Credit Card payments?

We accept credit card payments because of the convenience and security that credit cards provide for sending money over the internet.  We do not want anyone to go into debt to make a donation or payment to the church and would strongly counsel against using credit cards if this is your situation. 

How can I donate or pay from my bank account instead of a credit card?

The easiest way to donate or pay straight from your bank account rather than a credit card is to use your bank's online bill payment system through your bank's website.  If this is not a possibility for you then you will have to have a PayPal account that is linked to your bank account in order to use this feature.

Can I make an anonymous donation?

There is no way to make an anonymous donation through the use of online giving because PayPal does not have the ability to process anonymous donations.  The financial secretary at the church is the only one who knows who makes donations and the amount of the donation.

Do I need my own PayPal account?

There is no need for a PayPal account if you wish to make a one-time donation or single payment using your credit card.  You will need a PayPal account to make a recurring donation or to make a donation or payment directly from your bank account.  If you do not already have a PayPal account and use the recurring donation option, then you will be promted to set up a PayPal account during the process.

Is there any charge or fee to me for this service?

No. You select the dollar amount for your gift or payment.  That is the dollar amount that will be charged and your entire donation is tax deductible.  The church pays a nominal fee to PayPal for the convenience and security of the service.