Ways to Give
There are many ways you can contribute financially to Redeemer Presbyterian Church. For more details, please see FAQs or click on one of the categories below.
Mail a Check
Give via Text
Credit Card Reward Points
Stock or Mutual Fund
Donor Advised Funds
Make a Gift Online via electronic check or credit card.
Place your checks/cash in the offering on Sundays. Beginning January 1, 2017, please note that checks placed in the offering basket are recorded to the church where the check is received (e.g. Redeemer East Side, Redeemer West Side, Redeemer Downtown, Redeemer Lincoln Square) on the Sunday when they are received. If you intend your check to go to a different congregation you must write the name of the congregation in the memo line. For all checks meant for the Rise Campaign or another designated fund, you must write the fund in the memo line of the check. Remember, in order to receive the appropriate documentation you need for tax purposes your name and address must be clearly identifiable on your check.
Mail a Check
Mail your checks (please don't send cash) to the church office. Beginning January 1, 2017, you must write the church name (e.g. Redeemer East Side, Redeemer West Side, Redeemer Downtown, Redeemer Lincoln Square) in the memo line of the check, or the check will be recorded to the Redeemer General Fund and not designated to any one congregation/church. For all checks meant for the Rise Campaign or another designated fund, you must write the fund name in the memo line of the check and writing a church name in the memo is not needed for a gift to a designated fund such as Rise or Diaconate Mercy Fund. Checks are recorded on the postmark date on the envelope:
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Attn: Finance Dept.
1166 Avenue of the Americas - 16th Floor
New York, NY 10036
If your bank has automated bill paying (i.e. JP Morgan/Chase) you can set up Redeemer Presbyterian Church to receive electronically generated checks, allowing you an easier way to be systematic in your giving.
Remember, in order to receive the appropriate documentation you need for tax purposes your name and address must be clearly identifiable on your check. For gifts made by mail at year end, IRS regulations require that the postmark stamped on your envelope bear the same year as that for which you intend to receive credit for the gift. We are precluded by law from crediting in December any gift received by mail postmarked in January of the subsequent year.
Give via Text
Redeemer has added a new easy way to give. You can now text a gift any time. Simply type in the amount you wish to give, 10, 20, 100 etc. and if it's the first time, you will be asked to register. The process is simple, secure and you do not incur a fee. For future giving, save the number to your mobile device.
Here are the text giving phone numbers:
Redeemer East Side: 917-790-0400
Redeemer West Side: 917-525-5040
Redeemer Downtown: 917-746-1850
Redeemer Lincoln Square: 917-909-4200
Credit Card Reward Points
You can donate your American Express Membership Rewards Points.
1. Click here to give to Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York.
2. You will be asked to login or setup an account (if you don't have one already).
3. You will then select the number of points to donate (1,000 points = $10).
4. You will then be directed to the final checkout screen and will be given the option to:
a. Put in the AMEX credit card number that is linked to your Membership Rewards Account (with account number and CID code). This is the option that most donors select.
b. Optionally add a charity certificate (only if you have set this up previously).
c. Optionally add an additional cash gift that will be deducted from the same amex card (there is a 2.25% fee).
5. Once you complete this screen, your donation will be final. Please note that you will receive a tax receipt for your gift of points from American Express Gives (powered by GuideStar) for $10 for each 1,000 points donated. You will not receive a gift receipt from Redeemer.
Many companies match employees' gifts to charitable programs, and there are certain Redeemer divisions, such as Redeemer Counseling Services, that meet many companies' requirements for matching gift programs in the event that Redeemer Presbyterian Church does not qualify. Many companies do not allow matching gifts to religious organization or churches. Redeemer Counseling Services is a non-sectarian organization who accepts clients regardless of their religious beliefs. If you know your company has a matching gift program, or believe they might, please contact the individual at your company who handles matching gifts to obtain any paperwork on your company's policy and your eligibility as an employee. You may also want to ask the contact person for your company's matching gift program if Redeemer or Redeemer Counseling Services has received matching gifts in the past. In the event that Redeemer needs to complete any paperwork, or confirm completed donations, please direct all requests to Priscilla Dewing at [email protected] or 917-206-1427 or Redeemer, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 16th Fl. New York, NY 10036.
Also, if you give through your company's United Way program, you may be able to write-in a regular gift to Redeemer Presbyterian Church through United Way. Typically, Redeemer does not have a 5 or 6 digit United Way donor number, but can be written in to receive United Way contributions.
Stock or Mutual Funds
You can donate appreciated securities - stock, mutual funds, bonds, ADRs (American Depository Receipts), and other 'property' - and often times receive a greater tax benefit than you would receive as compared to selling the appreciated securities and then donating cash. Donations of appreciated securities are recorded as a charitable gift at the appreciated amount. Also, by donating appreciated securities you can avoid recording a capital gain in the security (assuming the investment has appreciated and that you have held the asset for more than one year). You should check with a tax professional before initiating any transfer of securities. If you would like to donate securities you can initiate the transfer through your broker and request that the securities be transferred to:
J.P. Morgan Clearing Corp.
Account Name: Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Account Number: 73301394
DTC #: 0352
Please contact Priscilla Dewing: 917-206-1427 or [email protected] if you are considering this kind of gift so that we can understand how you would like this gift to be utilized and send you a tax receipt in a timely manner.
If you are considering a gift of a mutual fund, please read the special instructions.
For gifts of securities, please note that it may take four to five business days from the time your broker initiates a stock transfer to Redeemer until the settlement date when the proceeds are credited to Redeemer's account and recognized as a gift.
Donor Advised Funds
You can make a gift to Redeemer via a Donor Advised Fund, such as Fidelity Charitable Giving. Please keep in mind that your tax receipt will be issued by the Fund, not Redeemer. Redeemer will include any Donor Advised Fund gifts on your contribution statement, under the 'non tax deductible' section. If you wish to make a gift toward a pledge, please be sure to notify the Donor Advised Fund so that we know to record the gift as such.
Amazon has started a program called AmazonSmile whereby they will donate one-half percent of your purchases to the eligible charity of your choice. Redeemer is registered as an eligible charity and you may designate Redeemer to receive the one-half percent donation by going to the following link and following the prompts: smile.amazon.com. In order for Redeemer to receive credit you must use smile.amazon.com rather than www.amazon.com to make purchases. Please note that you will not receive a tax receipt for donations made via this program, as all donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any special instructions or limitations when making an online gift?
A: We are able to accept gifts via echeck of up to $250,000 per week per person. Gifts can be made directly on our website.
In the event that you are planning to make a large gift at the end of the year with your credit card, you may want to call your credit card company in advance to pre-authorize your gift transaction, particularly if you plan on making multiple gifts to Redeemer within a short time span. Redeemer has found through experience that some credit card issuers may require your authorization to process your online gift. With the proper pre-authorization measures in place, we are able to accept gifts via Visa/Mastercard/Discover of up to $100,000 per single gift. Please contact us if you wish to make multiple Visa/Mastercard/Discover gifts greater than $100,000 in the aggregate. We are able to accept gifts via Amex of any amount. Credit card gifts can be made directly on our website.
Q: What are the IRS regulations regarding online gifts counting as 2016 tax deductible contributions?
A: Echecks and credit card gifts that are made online and timestamped by 11:59pm on 12/31/16 will count as 2016 tax deductible contributions.
Q: What are the IRS regulations regarding mailed checks counting as 2016 tax deductible contributions?
A: Mailed checks postmarked by 12/31/2016 will count as 2016 tax deductible contributions.
Q: What are the IRS regulations regarding donated securities counting as 2016 tax deductible contributions?
A: Unlike the postmark/time stamp rules for checks and online gifts, gifts of marketable securities need to be received into our brokerage account by 11:59pm on 12/31/16 in order to count as a 2016 contribution. Please keep in mind that these type of transfers can take several business days or even weeks to process. Please consult with your tax accountant for further details on deductibility. More information can be found by using this link.