Giving at Gateway
We are a give-first church because we serve a give-first God. That means we give first from the heart. We are faithful stewards of what we’ve received and live with gratitude.
Year in Review & 2022-2023 Budget
Generosity encompasses everything in our lives—from how we handle our time, skills, energy, and money. While generosity is broader than money, often how we handle our money reveals what’s really important to us. Jesus said what we treasure reveals our hearts.
“‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’” — MATTHEW 6:19-21
We believe that giving is such an integral part of our spiritual growth that we’ve captured it as part of Gateway’s seven healthy habits for spiritual growth.
1) Are there fees involved with the online giving platform?
If you connect your bank account with Nucleus Giving, there is a $0.25 fee added to your gift.
Gifts made with a debit or credit card have a 1.9% fee. (You’ll see it added at the end as a “convenience fee.”) The platform passes on the giving costs to the giver so the church receives 100% of every gift.
2) Can I set up recurring gifts?
Yes, you can set up recurring gifts every week, every two weeks, every month, or twice a month. You can also choose to do a one-time gift.
3) I’ve never given before and the idea feels overwhelming.
Start small. Start with where you are. Begin with praying about one small step of faith you could take.
Consider checking out Financial Peace University (FPU), which we offer at Gateway on an ongoing basis. FPU is a practical class about taking control of your finances, getting out of debt, planning for your future, and living so that you can give generously.
4) What are the various funds I can give to at Gateway?
- The General fund supports the overall function of Gateway. This is where the vast majority of gifts are given.
- The Building fund supports paying for improvements to the building and the mortgage.
- The Missions fund opens for specific periods of time throughout the year to support projects for our mission partners. To see what's currently happening in missions, visit our missions page.
5) How does Gateway spend its money?
We want you to feel confident that Gateway faithfully stewards the money and resources it receives. We strive to be transparent, wise, and prayerful in operating our church finances. You should know that Gateway maintains strict confidentiality over giving.
Each year, an annual budget is prayerfully prepared and is presented at a community meeting that is open to anyone. Members of Gateway vote to approve the budget. Because we live in community, we decide as a community how to spend our resources. Our budget includes expenses such as building operating costs, payroll expenses, and the costs of running ministries such as KidzTown, groups, and local and international missions.
We deeply desire to steward our finances in a trustworthy way that each person is able to focus on what God is calling him or her to give with confidence that it will be used wisely to further the kingdom of God.
6) What organizations or missionaries do you support?
Missions are a priority at Gateway. Big or small, we believe God calls us to serve those in need. We support a variety of missionaries and mission efforts, both local and international. To see a list of the people and organizations we support, please visit our missions page.
7) I have questions about giving. Who can I talk to?
Gateway's stewardship team, made up of Gateway's Treasurer and members of the congregation, would be happy to answer any questions. You can contact them at email@example.com.
Nucleus Giving FAQ's
Nucleus Giving is the online giving system that Gateway uses. Below are some FAQ's on your user account.
1) How do I view my gifts?
2) How do I reset my giving password?
To reset your password, simply follow these few steps and you'll regain access to your giver account in no time!
3) Help! I signed up for Nucleus Giving with the wrong email address!
If you accidentally mistyped/misspelled your email address when you initially signed up for giving at Gateway, don't panic! There's an easy way to change your login email address, and a way to delete your mistyped email address. Find step-by-step instructions here.
4) How do I find a missing gift?
Missing gifts can happen if you've ever given while not logged into your personal Giver Account - or you forgot to enter your email address at the end of a GivingFlow. Unclaimed gifts cannot be legally be included in your charitable donations for income tax purposes until you claim them.
But don't worry! You can use the Receipt Lookup Tool to claim those gifts, add them to your giver account records, and add them to your end-of-year tax statement. You can find the instructions here.
5) How do I get a year-end giving statement?
By the end of January, an automated email will be sent to everyone who has made a donation in the previous calendar year and set up a giving account. The email will contain a link to access your giving statement.
If you have not set up a user account for giving at Gateway, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send your statement to you.
Other Ways to Give
Stocks and Mutual Funds
Stocks and mutual funds held for over one year may be given to the church with the giver generally qualifying for a charitable deduction based on the market value of the stock as of the date of the gift. No capital gains tax is owed on the transaction. The tax benefits of donating appreciated securities to a charity where the long-term capital gains built up in the investment are taxed at the charity's rate (zero) vs. the donor’s rate. This can be a sizable tax savings in addition to the potential tax benefits of making a deductible donation to Gateway.
If you would like to donate securities, contact your broker and request that they be transferred to:
DTC number 0188
Account owner - Gateway Community Church
Account number - 496-41-0002
Specify the number of shares, and name of security being transferred
This program allows a person making a purchase on Amazon to use the Smile program to have a 0.5% of the purchase donated to charity. It doesn't increase your cost. You can use AmazonSmile on a web browser or in the app.
STEP 1: Join AmazonSmile: If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Remember, there are several Gateway Community Churches listed, so you have to specify Gateway Community Church in South Riding in order for Gateway to benefit.
STEP 2: Turn on AmazonSmile: Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone. On a web browser, start your purchases by visiting smile.amazon.com.
Details are at smile.amazon.com.
Many organizations, including government offices, will match your gift to Gateway. Find out if your employer has a matching gift policy.