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It’s a joy and privilege, not an obligation to be fulfilled. God is so generous; He sent His Son to give us life to save us. So, in response to all He’s done, we give to His house so others can know Jesus and experience the freedom and forgiveness He offers.
Giving strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us. If you’ve never given before, we invite you to take the challenge and put God to the test (Malachi 3:10)!
In the Bible, we learn there are two different types of giving: tithes and offerings. The tithe is our baseline standard for giving. When we give the first 10% of our income to the church, we put God first in our lives.
An offering is when we feel called to give generously above and beyond, when we see a need and are moved to meet it. We hope that you as an individual or as a family will prayerfully consider how God may be inviting you to get in the story and give.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory.”—Ephesians 3:20–21 (NIV)
Here are different areas you can give to in addition to your normal tithe.
Fuel the mission to change our world and be a part of what is happening through Calvary all across the globe.
Invest in the mission to build strategic spaces and places across South Florida where the gospel can flourish through the local church.
Support our commitment to reach out when crisis hits lost and hurting people through local outreach, benevolence care and crisis intervention for families in need.
There are several options for you to choose from to make your giving easy and secure.
Select your campus above and click GIVE to fill out your info
Text GIVE to 31352 from your phone and click on the link
Download the CalvaryFTL mobile app and click on GIVE
How is Calvary Chapel held accountable with my tithes and offerings?
Calvary Chapel is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). We adhere to high standards of biblical accountability, board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charitable resources. You can view our accreditation here.
Calvary Chapel is also audited annually by an independent certified public accounting firm, CapinCrouse, LLP. You can view this audit on our Financial Statement.
Why should I tithe?
Tithing is a form of worship. When you tithe to your home church, your trusting God by giving back what is already His. Secondly, tithing is a biblical principle; we tithe out of obedience to God (Malachi 3: 8-10). Why should I give 10%? The word “tithe” is derived from the word “tenth” (Genesis 14:20, 28:22).
What’s the best way to give?
The easiest and best way to give is through your Pushpay account on our website or the CalvaryFTL app. You can make a one-time gift, schedule your giving to be recurring, and review your giving history all in one place.
Can I give my offering to a specific area?
Yes! Calvary Chapel has three areas for giving above & beyond through an offering–Global Outreach, Kingdom Builders, and Relief & Restoration. We also have a few special offering opportunities during the year. You can learn more on our main giving page.
Do I receive a receipt for my giving?
If you make a donation online, you will receive an electronic receipt by e-mail that is issued immediately from Pushpay. If you give by cash or check, you will receive a year-end statement that shows a record of your giving. The receipt states that you have donated to Calvary Chapel and shows the amount.
Where can I see an entire record of my giving history?
Go to CalvaryFTL.org, click on the menu bar under the search button on the top right hand corner of the screen, and select “Login.” Once you’re logged in, scroll down to “My Giving” and click “View History” on the right.
Will my giving be recorded for tax purposes?
Calvary Chapel is a licensed 501(c)(3) and is required to keep a record of all gifts. Giving statements are automatically sent out at the end of each year.
Marketable securities: Transfer ownership of stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares
Marketable securities are a great way to maximize your giving, because you receive an immediate income tax deduction for the full fair market value of your securities. In addition, you pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value. We’ve teamed up with the National Christian Foundation (NCF) to receive these non-cash gifts.
Can I give non-cash gifts items like cars, boats, and jewelry?
Did you know that over 90% of the world’s wealth is held in assets, not cash? That means that most of your giving capacity is tied up in your “stuff,” not your checkbook. We’ve teamed up with the National Christian Foundation so we can accept several types of non-cash gift items you want to give. Whether it’s a car, a boat, or jewelry, our partners will turn it into cash and give it back to Calvary to invest in the lives of people who need the gospel. Givers will be sent an acknowledgement letter including a description of the donated item and the date it was received.
What is the National Christian Foundation (NCF)?
NCF is a Christian Institution offering solutions and tax-smart strategies for your giving. Our local NCF team is comprised of some of the brightest, most passionate experts in charitable giving. This institution brokers your personal giving on our behalf to help us be the best stewards of your gift.
Why the National Christian Foundation (NCF)?
NCF offers creative solutions and tax-smart strategies to help you give more efficiently and steward all that God has entrusted to you. This will help you make the biggest possible impact in the areas of your greatest passion. With non-cash giving at NCF, you transfer part or all of your asset to NCF before the sale, thereby reducing or eliminating capital gains taxes, and then we liquidate the asset at the right time. The net proceeds will then go to Calvary’s Giving Fund.
How can I contact the National Christian Foundation (NCF)?
Please feel free to contact NCF with any questions concerning your giving.
P: 954-771-0110 F: 954-771-0002 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: NCFGiving.com/southflorida
I don’t use a broker. I have my own stock certificates. Can I still donate stock to Calvary Chapel?
Yes, there are special forms and procedures involved for transferring paper stock certificates. Please contact the National Christian Foundation to get more information.
I have a mutual fund. How can I give shares?
There are special forms and procedures unique to each mutual fund company. Please contact the National Christian Foundation to discuss the specific procedures for your shares.
What does Calvary do with the stock?
Calvary instructs its broker (South Florida National Christian foundation) to sell the shares and transfer the proceeds to Calvary’s Giving fund so the proceeds can be put to ministry use.
What is Pushpay?
Pushpay is the secure, PCI DSS compliant company that Calvary Chapel has contracted with to provide secure giving.
Why should I set up a login and password with Pushpay?
When you create an account with Pushpay, you have the option for your information including your credit card or debit card to be saved making the next time you give an easier process. You also gain access to helpful concierge service if needed.
Do I have to create a login with Pushpay in order to give?
No. You can give without creating a login.
What forms of payment can I use when giving?
All credit cards or debit cards from Mastercard, Visa, or American Express. Your bank account is the preferred method so credit card processing fees that take up a portion of your gift can be avoided.
Does 100% of my giving go to Calvary Chapel when I give with a credit card or debit card?
For each transaction, Calvary is charged a merchant fee from the credit card companies of approximately 2.3%.
Can I set up recurring giving?
Yes. Choose the recurring tab to set up a gift that you want to give on a regular basis.
Do you offer financial advice?
We do not provide investment advice or recommendations. We do offer Financial Peace University at our campuses at various times throughout the year, financial freedom workshops, and provide a seminar on Wills & Trusts to help you leave a legacy and be the best possible steward of your resources
How do I sign up for Financial Peace University (FPU)?
Go to the Financial Freedom page on our website to see where FPU is being offered next and register online to hold your spot!
Life Insurance: You can name Calvary Chapel as a beneficiary on your policy
A current life insurance policy can be transferred to Calvary Chapel, for which you receive an immediate income tax deduction for the cash surrender value. Calvary Chapel will elect one of two options: (1) cash in the policy for immediate ministry needs, or (2) keep it and utilize the death benefit later.
Planned Gifts: Giving retirement assets, bequests, trusts, etc. as part of your overall personal finance strategy
If you have planned in advance to give a gift as part of your overall personal financial strategy, we recommend that you discuss your decision with your tax and/or financial advisor. There are several types of gifts that may fall under this category, many of which are very simple to make and do not require any formal communication to us. These include: