“Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” —2 Corinthians 9:7
Why We Give
Thank you for your interest in supporting Fourth Presbyterian Church through our online giving platform. Your generosity enables us to live and act as a faithful body that together delights in God’s glory, demonstrates his grace, and declares his gospel. We are a church of contributors, not just consumers, and we are called to steward God’s resources — time, talent, treasure — with generosity and as an act of worship.
Giving generously to the work of his church is one way to express our gratitude to God for the grace we have received in Jesus Christ. It is not a means to earn God’s favor or appease his wrath but is done to honor him. Giving with regularity is an opportunity to grow in our faith and obedience to God’s word.
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.” —1 Chronicles 29:14
How We Give
Our online giving portal is a multigenerational “a la carte” platform that allows members of our church community to tithe securely by check, by credit card, or even by text. There are no transaction costs for giving by “e-check,” making it the most efficient method of online giving. Transaction costs apply to credit card donations, but the platform does allow you to “round up” to cover those associated costs.
We are truly grateful for your donation and hope you find these instructions intuitive and helpful. If you would like additional assistance, please email email@example.com or call the Finance Office at 301-320-3600.
Not sure you set up your myFourth profile?
- From the homepage (or any page) of 4thpres.org, click on the myFourth icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Next, click “Login” followed by “Reset Account.” If your email address is not in our system, you will receive the message, “No User Account was found for the email address provided.”
- Below that message is a tab “Create Account.” If you previously set up your myFourth login using a different email address, we can merge the profiles together.
Have a myFourth profile but have not set up an online giving?
- Login to your myFourth account and click on the “Public” tab.
- In order to set up a new online giving profile payment method, you will need either your bank information (name, routing number, and account number) or your credit card.
- You can choose to tithe on a one-time or recurring basis. You can likewise designate a “gift fund.”
Guests can give a one-time gift through the online giving portal. Click the “Give as Guest” tab and follow instructions.
The church regularly receives tithes of cash and checks. Donations sent by mail must be postmarked by December 31 or earlier to be a deduction for the respective calendar tax year. Donations may also be received online through your myFourth portal or through the online giving portal as a guest. For more specific instructions on how to give online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text to Give is another option. In order to “text to give,” you must set up a bank account or credit card in your profile. If you have already set up a bank account or credit card on your profile, then you can link to one of those – or a new one of your choosing. The mobile phone number you used to set up your myFourth profile will be automatically assigned as your phone of choice. It should be entered in a 10-digit format.
The phone number to text is (240) 623-5558. You can direct your tithes to specific gift or designated funds. In order to do so, you should follow these examples:
- GIVE 100 – Designates $100 to the General Fund
- DEACONS 100 – Designates $100 to the Deacons
- OTHER 100 – Designates $100 to Other (add description yourself)
Need more help?
If you would like a printed copy of these instructions that includes screenshots of the web site, please email email@example.com or contact the Finance Office (301/320-3600).
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.” —Proverbs 3:9
Types of Gifts
Fourth Church has been blessed by the cheerful generosity of congregants who honor the Lord with their giving throughout their lives. The information below provides consolidated guidance on how to be deliberate philanthropically and support our vision of reaching a broader range of people with the gospel, serving inside and outside the church as a response to the gospel, and sending leaders and ministry workers into the world with the gospel.
Donating appreciated securities held for at least a year directly in kind counts as a charitable contribution and a deduction can be obtained for the entire fair market value without paying any long-term capital gains tax. Our account to receive securities is readily available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Finance Office at 301/320-3600.
Qualified Charitable Distributions
Generally, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 72 or over that is paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity, such as Fourth. A QCD can satisfy all or part of the amount of your required minimum distribution from your IRA.
A QCD will reduce the taxable amount of your IRA distribution and provide a charitable deduction, likely resulting in a lower overall tax liability. If you receive your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) on a periodic basis (monthly or quarterly) and would like to consider this option, please consult your financial advisor to develop the best plan.
The CARES Act has provisions that change RMD rules. RMDs from some retirement accounts for 2020 have been waived. Please consult your financial advisor for further information.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Many employers provide matching gifts to not-for-profits to reward their employees for donating their treasures or time. The former tends to be a dollar-for-dollar matchup to a particular threshold, and the later tends to be referred to as a “Dollars for Doers” program. We would encourage you to reach out to the human resources department of your employer to find out if your company participates in such a program.
Including the church in your estate plan can create a legacy that impacts the church’s vision for years to come. The means to do so can vary widely. As you prayerfully consider this option, rest assured that the Finance Office is available to work with you and your counsel if desired. All discussions are held in strict confidence. If your preference is to remain anonymous, the legal name of Fourth is the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Washington, D.C., in Maryland, and the Tax Identification Number is 53-0196534.
Donations made to the church are confidential and all conversations pertaining to potential donations are held in strict confidence by the Finance Office.
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Washington, D.C., in Maryland does not provide financial, legal, or tax advice. Please consult your respective advisors prior to finalizing any decisions.