Giving at Gateway
Living generously isn't about money. It's about letting God change you.
We see God at work every day through worship, people, and service.
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.
Are there fees involved with the online giving platform?
If you connect your bank account with RebelGive, there is no 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.
Can I still login to my old giving account (ACS)?
Yes, you can still access your old account by logging in here. This will be available until May 2020.
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.
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.
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 Gateway Forward fund has been set up for special gifts related to expanding Gateway's capacity to serve the community through hiring of new staff positions.
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. Our budget includes expenses such as building operating costs, payroll expenses, and the costs of running ministries such as KidzTown, youth, 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.
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.
I have questions about giving. Who can I talk to?
You can contact the Gateway office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-327-2700.
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 have to specify the charity before you make your purchase. It isn't hard, but 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. 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.