Online Giving

We believe that financial giving is a natural part of our regular worship to God. He calls us to give our “first fruits” (2 Corinthians 9; Proverbs 3) such that we are called to give back to Him a sacrificial portion of what he has first given us. Through this sacrificial giving, it is our desire that all would draw closer to the heart of God.

Log in to manage your giving, contact information, and view your giving history.

Give by Cash or check

Of course, cash and checks given on Sunday mornings during our offering time are accepted. Please note that when you give cash, you must use an envelope and include your [clearly printed] name on it, if you wish to have it recorded in your name for tax purposes.

Use your bank’s bill-pay feature

Most banks offer a free bill pay feature, allowing you to send funds from your account directly to the payee of your choice.  To give via bill-pay, you’d need to enter our name and address:

First Evangelical Free Church, 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Give Through AMAZON SMILE

When you use AmazonSmile to make a purchase, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. When you first visit AmazonSmile, it will ask you to choose a charity to support. Look for “First Evangelical Free Church.”

DonatE Stocks

If you are interested in donating stocks to First Free, instructions and information can be found here:

Questions about giving

How do I access my giving statement?

To view your giving statement, change your contact information, or method of giving, you can log in to our giving system. Even if you didn’t give online, as long as you have your email address or phone number, you can view your giving statements here. If you don’t yet have an account, you will be guided through the process of creating one in the log-in page or at the time of giving.

Can I use a debit or credit card to give?

Although you have the option of giving via credit card, First Free does not advocate increasing debt to give to church. For each debit/credit card transaction, a small percentage fee comes out of the amount you give.

What is ACH?

ACH is a method of transferring directly from your bank account. For each transaction, a $0.25 fee for the processor comes out of the amount you give.

Can I set up a recurring gifts

For those who prefer to automate their giving, you can set up recurring gifts via either ACH or a credit or debit card. Monthly, weekly, and bi-weekly options are available.

I’d like to give to a specific fund.

We sometimes set up temporary special funds for mission trips, camp scholarships, and ministry team fundraisers, or for memorial gifts to be directed to a church fund chosen by the family of someone who has passed. Please use the drop-down menu on the giving form to denote which fund your gift is being given.

What is the benevolence or crisis & compassion fund?

This offering goes to our “Crisis and Compassion Fund” which is used, via committee approval, for those seeking temporary, emergency help.

Security

We use the services of an experienced online payment processor that employs encryption and industry-standard security. To that end, you’ll have a separate login and additional security when you sign in to our the giving site.

Additional Questions?

If you have other questions about giving, need to link your email to your giving account, or manage your household giving arrangement, please contact us via the form below or call or the church office.