This message is a reminder about our ongoing parish expenses and to ask those of us who pledge to continue to pay our pledge during this time if we are able
lthough the church building may be closed, we have staff who live on site and others who are working from home and only coming into the office when absolutely necessary. The Church of the Ascension continues to pay the salaries, payroll taxes and health insurance of all who depend on us for their livelihood and their healthcare.
Here are the suggested ways to fulfill your pledge or donate at this time, and the parish is actively looking into other, better ways to accept donations so that we may continue to meet our obligations.
- Mail checks to the parish office (Church of the Ascension, 12 West 11th Street, New York,
- If you would like to make a wire transfer or Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) payment
from your bank or set up a new payment by credit card, please contact the parish
bookkeeper at email@example.com to obtain the account and routing
- Existing credit card payments will continue to be processed as usual
And if you have not yet pledged, please consider doing so now. Of course, virtual “plate donations” are welcome too!
A note regarding Network for Good
Because of the amount of time it takes for us to receive deposits, and the urgency of meeting our payroll and premiums, we ask that you do not use Network for Good at this time.
We’re grateful for your generosity!
People choose to give to the Church of the Ascension for a variety of reasons, and the parishioners, vestry, wardens and clergy of this community give God thanks for every single gift from every single person. (And, of course, we hope we express our thanks appropriately to the givers, as well!)
Whether you’ve pledged support for the annual expenses of Ascension’s Christian mission and parish ministry, you want to help us in our capital campaign fundraising, or you wish to make a donation to the Church of the Ascension in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving to God for the blessings of this life, please know that we take no gifts, small or large, for granted. As it says in the Epistle to the Corinthians, “God loves a cheerful giver” — and we love the givers God sends our way.
There are a number of ways to give the Church of the Ascension financial support: by electronic payment, by check, by cash, by bequest … even by the transfer of real property, securities and other financial instruments. Below are some of the most common, but please don’t hesitate to contact the parish office (212-254-8620) to ask to speak with one of the clergy, our bookkeeper, the parish administrator, or one of our lay leaders familiar with the financial and legal issues of charitable giving. (Although our parish was founded 90 years before Federal legislation introduced individual income tax deductions for charitable donations, the Church of the Ascension is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization and, unless specifically stated otherwise for special programs or other considerations, all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.)
1. By personal check. Please make your check payable to “The Church of the Ascension.” If you are contributing as part of your annual stewardship pledge, please write “Stewardship” or “Annual Pledge” in the memo field so that the statements you receive from the church for your own bookkeeping or tax purposes are accurate. Similarly, if you are contributing toward the capital campaign or for another designated purpose, please write “Capital Campaign” or the name of the special cause in the memo field. Checks can be mailed to:
The Church of the Ascension
Attn: Liz Maxwell, Rector
12 W. 11th Street
New York, NY 10011
2. By electronic/recurring payments. Most banks that provide online banking services allow customers to set up recurring transactions. Log into your online banking service and look for the option to “add a payee” or set up a recurring payment or transaction. (The payee would be: The Church of the Ascension, 12 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10011-8695.) If you’ve never used your bank’s online services, contact their support or help desk for assistance.
3. By cash. Some parishioners prefer to pay their stewardship pledge by putting their check or cash in the Sunday collection plate. If you wish to pay in cash, but would still like to have statements from the parish office that show your contributions toward your stewardship pledge for each quarter and the year, please put your cash donations in the annual pledge envelopes you can request when you fill out your pledge form. If you do not request pledge envelopes, please put cash offerings in an envelope with your full name written clearly on the outside before placing it in the offering plate for your contributions to be recorded on your statements.
4. By VISA or MasterCard. If you pledge your support of Ascension’s ongoing mission and programs, the parish bookkeeper can contact you for the information needed to charge your debit or credit card, according to the schedule you designate and for the amount you authorize. Please do not submit credit card information via email or email attachments or in any of the comment fields on this Web site as these methods are not considered secure and may result in identity or financial theft.
5. Through a bequest or other legacy gift. Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways to create a gift to the parish using accumulated resources. Although planned giving usually involves financial or estate planning, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is for anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources and provides the opportunity to make a considered choice about their ultimate disposition. You can find more information about planned giving and the variety of people and means by which these gifts have come to Ascension in our information about planned giving.
6. Through many other ways and means. We’d be happy to help you help us! Just give us a call (212-254-8620) and we’ll try to find the best way we can to help you support the worship, work and witness that’s been going on at Ascension since 1827.