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Welcome to the GrX Donations page!

What donation/tithing methods are available? For any questions, please contact Terrence Wu at terrence.wu@grx.org.

1. In Person

An offering time is available during each service. An envelope and information card is provided with each bulletin.

If you would like the church to issue a year-end donation receipt for your gift/tithe, please fill out the information card and place it with a check or cash into the envelope.

During the offering time, please place the envelope into the offering bag as it comes by.

2. By Mail

Tithes and donations can be mailed in by sending it to:

Great Exchange Covenant Church

Attn: Terrence Wu

2346 Walsh Avenue

Santa Clara, CA 95051-1301

3. Online

We accept online giving through credit card payments or ACH transactions. To access the online system, click here.

Simply follow these steps:

  • Create a user email and password.
  • Click on "Giving" link
  • Provide contact and bank or credit card information.
  • Indicate the amount, frequency (one-time or recurring) and designation for your gift.
  • 4. Online Bill Pay

    Many banks now provide online bill pay services for free or a nominal charge.

    (Please consult your bank's website or customer service department for fees and/or questions about their bill pay service(s).)

    You may send a one-time gift or setup a monthly recurring tithe to be sent to the church.

    All you need to do is setup the church as a payee, set the payment date, and designate the check amount.

    Your bank will then send a check to the church on your behalf.

    Church name: Great Exchange Covenant Church

    Our address is:

    2346 Walsh Ave.

    Santa Clara, CA 95051

    5. Stock

    Special stock donations can also be given to the church.

    There are tax advantages to donating stocks with a capital gain directly to the church instead of selling the stock personally and donating the proceeds. If you are interested in this option, please contact Terrence at terrence.wu@grx.org for more information.

    Please email us with your name, address, and donation amount so we can send you a receipt at the end of the year!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Who do I make my check payable to?

    Please make your checks payable to: Great Exchange Covenant Church.

    The following names are *NOT* registered as our legal name: GrX, GrX Church, Great Exchange, Great Exchange Church.

    Q: What do I write in the memo line?

    We suggest that the memo line be left blank.

    Q: Can I get credit for my cash donations?

    Yes. Place your donation in a tithe envelelope and include the information card.

    This will insure accuracy in your year-end donation receipt.

    Q: How do I donate to missions?

    If you are making a donation to one of our short term missionaries, please ask them to see how their team is handling their finances.

    Q: Is it safe to give online?

    Yes. In many ways giving online is safer than writing a check because an electronic gift cannot be lost or stolen. The security of the system is continually managed by Fellowship One.

    Q: What types of bank accounts can I give from?

    You can give online from your bank account via an ACH transaction. You can also give using MasterCard or Visa credit cards.

    Q: Can I use a debit card?

    You can use a debit check card from Visa or MasterCard, but true debit cards are not accepted through the Fellowship One system due to the sensitivity of securely requesting a Personal Identification Number (PIN). ACH bank drafts can be used instead for true debits.

    Q: Are there any fees involved with giving online?

    Not to you. You will not pay any fees with an online gift. In addition, online gifts are a more cost efficient way for the church to process donations. The church does have credit card fees of ~3% per transaction. There are no fees for ACH transactions.

    Q: Can I make a one-time contribution?

    Yes. The system allows you the option of either making a one-time contribution or setting up a recurring contribution. For a one-time contribution, you can designate that the contribution should be made immediately or, for both one-time and recurring contributions, you can schedule the contributions to come out of your bank account on the date(s) specified by you.

    Q: If I want to set-up a recurring gift, what are my options for frequency of my gift?

    For recurring gifts, you have the option of giving weekly, twice a month, every two weeks or once a month.

    Q: Can I change my personal information or the amount or the frequency of my gift once I have set it up?

    Yes. You can change or cancel your contribution at any time before the date of your next contribution. Simply log in to the system using your user name and password and make the necessary changes in the system.

    Q: Can I review my donation history online?

    Yes. The site will allow you to view the complete history of your contributions, given either online or otherwise. Once you’ve created an account, you will able to contribute immediately. However, for security purposes, before you can see any past contributions, we must manually connect your online account with your previous information. This is a one-time process when you initially create your account. After that, you can view your history at any time. For more information, see our security policy below.

    Q: Will I still receive regular contribution statements from the church?

    Yes. The church will continue to send year-end contribution statements to your address on file for tax purposes or you can download them from your online account.

    Q: When will contributions be taken from my account?

    Contributions will be taken from your specified bank account within 48 business hours of the date you requested. This time frame allows time for the contribution to process through your bank and the church’s bank. If the date of your contribution falls on a weekend or a holiday, the transaction will be initiated on the next banking day.

    Q: Can I designate my gift to a particular cause?

    Yes, you can designate your gift to go toward tithes and offerings or our benevolence fund. We may also add additional causes at specific times.

    Q: How will I know that I set up my gift correctly?

    Immediately after submitting your contribution, you will receive an e-mail verifying your contribution.

    Q: Does it matter which Internet browser I use?

    No. Any browser will work.

    Q: Will I be able to give to special GrX campaigns (Year End Fund, Food Drive, etc.) online?

    During times when these campaigns are occurring, you will be able to give a one-time contribution to support the given initiative or campaign.

    Q: I have additional questions about online giving that have not been addressed. Who can I talk to?

    For any questions, concerns or comments about the online giving system, please contact us at financeATgrxDOTorg. You will receive a response from our staff as soon as possible.

    Security

    At GrX, we use an online database called Fellowship One. Their system allows us to provide access to your contribution records and allows you to make donations online. They provide all of the security for the system. This system is used by churches throughout the country and has been fully tested by them.

    There are two aspects of security related to the system. First, Fellowship One provides data security using the latest security technology. The following statement is from their security documentation: "[the system] utilizes the most current encryption technology to maintain the security of your data. Every parameter passed in the hyperlinks is fully encrypted. Additionally, the Login module handles passwords using what is known in technical terms as salted hash. In laymen’s terms, this means it would take 50 computers (running constantly) continuously presenting password combinations four years to discover the password."

    The second aspect of security relates to account creation. When you first create a new account in the system, you will be able to donate immediately, but you will not have access to any previous contribution information. Before that can happen, we must manually link your previous information to the account you created.

    In order to verify the authenticity of the account request, we will ensure that all of your data matches our current records (e.g., address, phone number, and email address). If there is any question, we will contact you via email before creating the link. Since this is a manual process, we will perform these steps approximately once a week, but if you would like to speed up this process, you can send an email to finance@grx.org.

    When you create your account, you will determine your own login id and password. If you forget your login id or password, you can have the system email it to you by entering the email address that you used when you created your account. If you need help or cannot remember the email address you used, you can contact us at finance@grx.org. You can also change your password at any time.

    Please help us keep your information safe by protecting your login information. Access to sensitive personal and financial information can be gained by letting someone else use your account or by leaving the information for someone else to see. GrX will never call you to ask for your login information.

    Our Policies

    Your information is held securely by the Fellowship One system. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions.

    You can schedule new contributions at any time and can modify or cancel those contributions at any time prior to the date they are scheduled. Once the contribution has been processed, however, it cannot be cancelled. If you have any problems or questions related to this, please contact us at finance@grx.org.

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