Direct Payment for Religious Organizations

Decrease costs and improve processes

With Direct Payment via ACH, your organization can make and receive payments electronically. Direct Payment can be used to pay your vendors and other service providers and collect payments, such as tithes or donations, from your members or constituents.  Because payments are electronic, you can streamline and simplify your payment processes and cut your costs.

Increase efficiencies in your organization

By implementing Direct Payment in your organization, you can automate your accounts payables. This can allow for better cash flow management and easier reconciliation and reporting.

You also help support environmentally sustainable practices. Electronic payments reduce the use of paper and its impact on the environment.


Provide payment choice and flexibility

Direct Payment allows your members and constituents to make payments using their bank account. This can reduce the fees your organization pays for card and paper check transactions and encourage automatic, recurring giving.

By implementing Direct Payment in your organization, you expand payment options, providing your member and constituent base with the flexibility to make payments in the manner that best suits their needs.

Keep your payments, tithes and donations secure

Your Direct Payment transactions are safe: Unlike a paper check, which passes through many hands, account numbers remain confidential. You can also consult with your financial institution or payroll provider to learn about additional sound business practices to protect sensitive data.

Calculate Savings


Visit our calculator for a quick estimate of the savings your business can achieve using Direct Payment.

Get Started

Direct Payment via ACH is easy to set up and use. Simply contact your financial institution or service provider to set up the service. Most payment software packages now include Direct Payment as a standard feature.

Once set up, contact your vendors and service providers directly to authorize the regular electronic transfer of funds, and begin promoting Direct Payment as a new giving option to members and others you receive payments from to help encourage use.


Use these resources to support Direct Payment implementation in your organization and to promote this payment option to your members.

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Consumers pay more than 800 million bills each month using Direct Payment via ACH, so many of your members may already be using it. Direct Payment is a safe and convenient way to pay and gives your members choice, flexibility and control over their payments.
As with any new service, there are initial set-up costs, as well as ongoing costs. These costs will seem small once your organization begins to realize the savings of Direct Payment via ACH, which can save you $1.50 or more per payment versus paper checks.
Organizations of any size can benefit, and should offer Direct Payment. Consumers increasingly expect to be able to pay bills by Direct Payment via ACH.


Your organization is required to send a written notice seven days prior to the scheduled date. Many organizations select a specific day of the month, and remind customers that if that date falls on a weekend or holiday, payment will be collected on the first business day following that date.
If the member signs up for recurring Direct Payment and the amount is for a fixed amount, that is specified in the enrollment process. If the amount varies, you are required to notify the member prior to the scheduled payment date or a dollar range can be specified in the enrollment process, and the member can waive the notification. If the member authorizes you to initiate the Direct Payment on your website, the member enters the payment amount and notification is typically made to the specified member email address. If the member initiates the Direct Payment through his or her online bill payment service, the member specifies the payment amount in that service.