Donations

About Donation Processing 

Thanks for your interest in the cost of donation processing at Paraclete Mission Group! 

The Big Picture 
Processing donations is an essential task for Paraclete, and for all nonprofit organizations.  It is the work of receiving funds, storing them safely, receipting them, and making them available for the ministry purposes of Paraclete.  Some of these functions are done by a small Paraclete staff, and others by professional contracted vendors, like banks, accountants, software companies and the U.S. Post Office. 

Components of Donation Processing 
Processing your donation to Paraclete involves the following parts, all of which have a cost: 

  • Donation software records your donation and preferences, produces receipts, and keeps a history of your gifts. 
  • Credit card processors send Paraclete your gift and charge your credit card. 
  • ACH processors (Automated Clearing House) move money from donor bank accounts to Paraclete’s bank account. 
  • Paraclete’s bank receives check donations, deposits them and scans them for our accountants. 
  • Accountants enter the amount of your donation into donation and accounting software, and reconcile those systems with bank records. 
  • Paraclete staff print and mail receipts, report donations to the appropriate Paraclete associate, and oversee accounting, banking and donation software functions. 
  • The US Postal service and email systems deliver receipts. 

Calculating the Cost of Donation Processing 
To derive the cost of donation processing, we add up the annual cost of the above list and divide the total by Paraclete’s annual gift income.  For 2017, donation processing cost 3.69% of all donations.  In our Cover the Cost program we offer donors the option of increasing their donation by 3% to help offset these expenses.  In some cases, it’s a little short of our actual cost (credit card fees alone are typically this much), but it is a huge help! 

Transparency and clarity are our goals.  If you have more questions, give us a call: 719.302.2500 

Our Mission

To come alongside Christian leaders around the world.

Methodology

  • We serve as catalysts, without personal or institutional agendas.

  • We stay only as long as needed and welcome.

  • We view all our work as spiritual activity with eternal significance.

  • We promote effective and Godly stewardship of resources as a model for business and ministry.

  • We practice the accountability of planning and evaluating our work, and teach others to do the same.

Financial Information

Financial accountability is important to Paraclete.  We have been members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1998.  Our Financial Statements were audited for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Capin Crouse, LLP.  Paraclete is registered for charitable solicitation in all states that require it.

Financial Summary

Revenues
Cash Donations
$2,706,624
Other Revenue
$12,437
Total Revenue
$2,719,061
Expenses
Program
$1,953,878
Administrative
$315,736
Fund Raising
$200,265
Total Expenses
$2,469,879
Excess (or Deficit) for the Year
$249,182

Donor Privacy Policy

Paraclete Mission Group is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We provide this Donor Privacy Policy to inform you of the way we protect and use your information.

Information We Collect

  • Here are the types of donor information that we collect and maintain:
    Your contact information: name, organization/church, address, phone number, email address;
  • Your preference for which ministry your donation will be applied;
  • Your payment information: credit card and/or bank account information;
  • Information you choose to share with us: questions, comments, suggestions, how you learned of Paraclete, and;
  • Your communication preferences; e.g., to individuals who request it, we will send periodic mailings related to specific fund-raising appeals, prayer concerns, and newsletters.

How We Use Your Information

Paraclete Mission Group uses your information to help you complete a donation, communicate back to you, and update you on ministry activity and results. We use credit card numbers only for donation or payment processing.

How We Protect Your Information

We use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. We protect the security of credit card transactions using a number of measures such as encryption, access controls, network firewalls and physical security. Card numbers are never stored on our premises in any physical or electronic form. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. When we work with other companies to process credit card transactions, those companies also use encryption and other security measures.

We Do Not Share Your Personal Information

Paraclete Mission Group will not sell, rent, trade or lease your personal information to other organizations. We hold the identity of donors confidentially. We will use your information only to further the ministry purposes of Paraclete Mission Group. We will not send you mailings on behalf of another organization.

YOUR RIGHTS – GDPR Specific

Personal Information

Where you have provided your consent to us processing your personal data, you may withdraw this consent at any time. In addition, the Global Data Protection Regulations gives you the right, under certain circumstances:

  • to request in writing and securely obtain copies of the personal information we hold about you;
  • to correct or update your personal information held by us;
  • to request us to stop using your personal information for marketing purposes or for any other purpose where there is no legal requirement for continued processing;
  •  to object to profiling activities based on our legitimate interest;
  •  to request to have all personal data deleted (in the EEA only). To exercise any of these rights please contact privacy@paraclete.net .

Please tell Paraclete Mission Group as soon as any of your contact details change so that records can be kept up to date.

We will take reasonable steps to correct any of your information, which is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.

Removing Your Name From Our Mailing List

We will honor your desire not to receive mail from us if that is your preference. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our mailing list. Donors with an online account with Paraclete Mission Group can establish and change their communication preferences, print receipts, make one-time donations and set up recurring automatic donations. If you choose not to have an online account you have the same degree of control when you call or write to tell us of your preferences.

Contacting Us

If you have comments or questions about our donor privacy policy, please send us an email at info@paraclete.net or call us at (719) 302-2500.