The vast majority of Trinity's financial support is generated by pledges from our members and friends. It is our partnership together, as a community, that helps us build up the Body of Christ in this place, and fulfill our mission to be a refuge for those looking for a spiritual home. If you wish to make a pledge, you can complete an online pledge card.
By setting up an account in Trinity's online giving system, you can schedule payments automatically, as well as make one-time contributions to special funds or projects. Setting up an account also gives you access to your giving history, so you can check your donation records at any time.
Through Trinity Online Giving, you can use a credit or debit card, or set up an ACH/eCheck transaction directly from your bank account. Please note that the church incurs a processing fee of 3% on credit card transactions and 1% on ACH transactions. You may wish to increase your gift to help defray our costs.
Any questions regarding Trinity Online Giving should be directed to our bookkeeper via email or at 650-305-7818.
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CORPORATE MATCHING FUNDS:
If you work for a company that matches your charitable contributions, it might be possible for Trinity to be a recipient of those funds. While some companies will not provide matching funds to churches at all, others will, providing those funds are not used for church operations or explicitly religious purposes. In those cases, matching funds cannot be applied to your pledge, but will be directed to support Trinity's Outreach activities through the Care & Justice Commission.
If you are able to designate corporate matching funds to Trinity, please inform us so that we can watch for the match. Trinity is a registered charity with Benevity, which manages Corporate Matching Funds for a number of Silicon Valley companies.
You may choose to make a gift or fulfill your pledge in the form of a stock transfer. Stock transfers are processed through Trinity's account at Schwab, and are sold as soon as possible once the Treasurer is aware of the transfer. The final value of the gift will depend on the value of the stock at the time of sale. Your statement of giving from Trinity will be updated to reflect that gift after the stock sale has been completed, or you may ask the Treasurer to inform you of the value once the transaction is completed.
To make a stock transfer, your financial institution will need Trinity’s Schwab account number and other information. Please contact Trinity's Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for stock transfer instructions and for any questions you may have.
QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS (IRA withdrawals)
If you are planning your IRA withdrawal strategy, you may want to consider making a charitable donation through a QCD. A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity like Trinity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met.
In addition to the benefits of giving to Trinity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from your taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.
Also, QCDs don't require that you itemize, which due to the recent tax law changes, means you may decide to take advantage of the higher standard deduction, but still use a QCD for charitable giving. Please contact your IRA Administrator for further information.