The Gathering Place allows you to make secure, efficient, and reliable contributions online. Simply click the button below to get started.
The Gathering Place uses Stripe to process contributions. Stripe is one of the world’s largest, most economical, and secure payment processors. They handle payment processing for services like Pinterest, Twitter, and other companies.
Stripe follows the most stringent requirements established by the major credit card companies. When you enter your account information through the encrypted connection from your web browser, only Stripe will have access to the account information required to process your transaction.
Contributions can be made using any checking account or major credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover).
Credit and debit card transactions are processed the fastest, but 2.3% of the contribution is deducted to cover transaction costs.
ACH transactions (from a checking account) are the most cost effective ($.25), though they also require account verification for first-time givers. The verification process proves that the account belongs to the giver.
Instant verification is available for accounts at Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, USAA, Capital One, SunTrust, Charles Schwab, Navy Federal, TD Bank, Bank of America, Fidelity, US Bank, and PNC.
If your bank or credit union is not listed, ACH donations require “micro-deposit” account verification. After filling out your account information, two small deposits totaling less than $1 will be deposited in your account within a day or two. The account will be ready for ACH transactions when you return to the giving page and enter the amounts of the two micro-deposits.
Reliable and Easy
After registering to contribute, logging in will provide you with a streamlined process, details about prior contributions, and giving statements.
In addition to giving online, you can also “text-to-give.”
- Text an amount (e.g. $5 or $1.00) to 84321.
- The first time you text-to-give you will receive a setup link. The setup link will ask you to select “The Gathering Place” from a list of area churches, enter your email address, and enter your preferred payment method. If you’re already a donor and you’ve added a payment method before (a bank account or a credit card) then you can log in to access your saved payment methods.
- Confirm your initial setup donation.
- Subsequent contributions are then as simple as texting an amount to 84321.
There is no additional cost to text-to-give. Transaction fees (deducted from the contribution) are the same as regular online giving ($.25 for ACH transactions and 2.3% for credit/debit cards).