This page demonstrates a one-time bank account-to-bank account donation using the GivePlus app. (This kind of transaction is sometimes called an ACH transaction, after the Automated Clearing House that banks use to complete these transactions.)
All screenshots have been taken from the Android app, but the iOS app should appear similar.
To start, click on Give Now on the sign in screen.
On the “Give Now” screen, click on the orange “+” to enter a donation. (This step is needed because one could donate to multiple funds in a single donation.)
The next step varies slightly depending on whether the church is currently accepting donations for multiple funds. If we’re accepting donations for multiple funds, the next screen will be “Funds”, which allows you to choose where to direct your donation.
For this example, we will give to the General Fund. Click on it to select it.
The “Fund Detail” screen shows the selected fund and the frequency. (Frequencies other than “one-time” are only used when signed in.)
Choose a preset amount or enter the desired amount of your donation. (The preset amounts are determined by First Parish. We’re using defaults now, but we may change the presets in the future.)
In this example, I chose to donate $30. When you click on the “Other Amount” field, a virtual numeric keypad opens to allow you to type the amount. At this time, only whole-dollar amounts are allowed.
Enter the amount, and then click “Add”.
This brings you back to the Give Now screen, but now with a donation listed. Click on the right-arrow in the upper right to proceed.
You will now be asked to choose whether to pay with a credit/debit card or a bank account. The default will be “Credit or Debit Card”.
Choose “Checking or Savings Account”, and then click on “Next” to proceed.
For the next screen, you will need to know the routing number and account number of the bank account from which you’d like to donate. These easiest way to find these for a checking account are by looking at a check. Here is a sample check:
On the Account Information, enter the routing number, account number, and your name and address. Please be careful when entering these numbers, as the program is not able to quickly detect typing errors. When you are satisfied that things are entered correctly, click “Next”.
(Although it says your account details will be saved, this will not actually happen when doing a one-time donation.)
This brings you to the “Donation Summary” page.
At this point, you can choose to add 1% to cover the church’s costs of providing bank-account processing. These costs reflect the convenience of paying by bank-to-bank transfer.
If you choose to add the 1%, also called a “gross-up”, the amount will be reflected in the summary.
The entire amount (with the 1%) is deductible as a donation, but the church realizes approximately the base donation.
If all is well, click on “Complete Donation”. This initiates the transaction. You will get a “Donation Confirmation” screen.
Click on “Done” to complete a one-time donation.