If you’re like us, it is hard to stay on top of monthly giving (or even monthly bills, for that matter). This is why automatic payments are so nice — set it up and it happens automatically! But Journey Quest does not yet have a system set up for automatic donations, so what should you do?
Most banks offer free bill-paying as part of their online banking service. Simply enter the person or company you want to pay and set the payment schedule. The bank will automatically send payment to arrive on the date you specify each month. The organization receives the whole amount of the donation, and you don’t even have to pay postage. Plus, if you decide you want to change your donation amount or schedule, you can just log-in and make the change.
If your bank supports free bill-pay and you would like to use it to support Journey Quest or one of our staff members, here is the information you will need to enter:
Biller, payee or company:
24308 County Road 17
Johnstown, CO 80534
Account Number: Usually this is used to link up to your account. In this case we want to link the payment to whichever account or staff member you would like to support:. If you want to give to our general fund, enter General-Fund. To give to our capital fund, enter Capital-Fund. If you would like to support one of our staff members, enter their staff support account:
Mark & Sarah Anderson: Staff-E01
Steve Nutting: Staff-E02
Steve & Mandy Reiff: Staff-E03
Below are a couple of screen shots of what it would look like in Bank of the West’s online banking. Most banks will have a similar system:
In this case, I added and saved a biller first, and then in another step I clicked on “Manage Payments” to set up an automatic payment:
Most automated payment systems using eChecks, credit cards, or Paypal carry monthly and/or per-transaction costs for the receiver, meaning that the bank keeps 2-5% of your donation. With this method the organization receives 100% of the donation, and most banks provide this as a free service.