HOW TO GIVE

Giving At North Heartland


Thank you for your interest in supporting the ministries of North Heartland Community Church. Your generous support enables us to reach seekers, build a family and impact our community. 

Give Online:

Click here to set up a recurring or one-time gift.

Give By Mail:

Make your check payable to “North Heartland Community Church” and either place it in the offering during the service or mail it to:

North Heartland Community Church
4800 NW 88th St.
Kansas City, MO 64154

If you have any questions about your giving statement or need assistance with your giving, contact Lynda Starkey at 816-741-1444 or lynda@northheartland.org.

generosity and Giving

Giving FAQs


Following are answers to some frequently asked questions. This information will be updated at least once per year to reflect the most recently completed calendar year and include other information of interest.

NHCC Philosophy

NHCC Impact Partners

NHCC Expenses (How the money is spent)

NHCC Funds, Payment Methods and Noncash Donations

Instructions for setting up a recurring donation on-line

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask! You can send an email to Ladell Thomason, Associate Pastor, or Lynda Starkey, Financial Assistant.


NHCC Philosophy

What is NHCC’s philosophy on giving?

Our ultimate goal at NHCC is to invite people to come to Jesus and be a part of the people of God. We want to develop a radically generous family that cares for its members so well that our friends are drawn to be a part of it. NHCC emphasizes generosity and teaching people how to move from random acts of giving to generosity.

What is Generosity? Is that different from Giving?

Generosity was probably the greatest outwardly visible characteristic of the original followers of Jesus. Generosity is the premeditated, calculated, designated emancipation of personal financial assets.

  • Premeditated……you have a plan
  • Calculated……you know how much
  • Designated……you have already decided in advance where it’s going to go and you are not swayed by emotion or guilt
  • Emancipation…..in order not to be possessed by your possessions and money, you have to set those things free.

Giving is:

  • Spontaneous…..you are moved by emotion or guilt
  • Determined by cash flow…..you give when you can afford it or when there is money left over at the end of the month

Our SHINE series in 2016 had three messages on Generosity that go into more detail. We encourage you to watch, listen or read these messages via our website. Look under Message Archives under Media. You can also just click here to find the SHINE Generosity messages.

What does Jesus say about Generosity & Giving?

A lot! You can find many parables and sermons on the subject of money and possessions in the Bible. We have just listed one thing that Jesus said about money at the beginning of this document. This is the promise that Jesus makes: if you order your life around generosity, you will be happier.  You can trust what Jesus said or you can live how most people live in this culture.

Current Culture Cycle

 

Biblical Alternative

 

How should I decide if I should donate to NHCC?

When you think about your generosity plan, ask yourself two questions: “What are you grateful for?” and “What are you broken over?” Those organizations and people are where you should be designating your funds. If you feel that NHCC is one of those organizations, you may want to include NHCC in your generosity plan.

Should I donate only to NHCC?

No. In fact, NHCC believes that if you are a Christian, you should designate some of what you regularly give to other people and organizations that deal with issues God cares about. Part of NHCC’s mission is to Impact our Community. NHCC has chosen some Impact Partners that we will support throughout the year in various ways, from simply providing space or other resources to actively fundraising for them. NHCC will provide opportunities for you to become involved – by volunteering your time or donating money or supplies. (Visit the Impact Partner Questions section for more details on NHCC’s current Impact Partners.) However, there are many other worthy people and organizations to support so select a cause that speaks to you and find an organization that addresses that issue!

What if I need some help to get started organizing my life around generosity?

NHCC provides individual financial counseling through a program called Good Sense. Click here for an application form. Complete the form and return it to NHCC. You can also call our offices at 816-741-1444 and request this form be emailed or sent to you. If you have any questions on the program, you can contact Ladell Thomason.

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NHCC Impact Partners

What are Impact Partners?

They are ad-hoc groups and non-profit organizations that NHCC has selected as strategic partners who are able to do good in ways that we cannot.

How were these groups selected?

To maximize the impact of our collective support, the leadership team chose a few partners based on the following criteria:

  • What is not being done that we can do?
  • What burdens us?
  • What could involve the people of NHCC in a tangible way?
  • What are our people already involved with?
  • Does it benefit the Northland and the KC Metro?

Who are our current NHCC partners and how will we support them?

Our current Impact Partners are listed below along with a few ways that you can participate. Look for additional opportunities in the Sunday program throughout the year.

For all of the Partners, you can PRAY for their success and you can DONATE to our Impact Partner fund.


North American Mission Board (NAMB)

  • Emphasis: Church Planting – Spreading the Gospel
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Use of NHCC building for meetings, interviews and training

Life Connection – Grain Valley

  • Emphasis: Church Planting – Spreading the Gospel
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Pastoral Support
    • Financial Support (including Fireworks fundraiser)
  • Individual NHCC members and families can support by:
    • Volunteering at the Fireworks stand in late June/early July

KC Metro Schools

  • Emphasis: Making Our Community Better
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Annual Teacher Supply Giveaway (held in late July)
    • Education Resource Center (ERC) (open year round)
    • Assisting schools in need with ad-hoc projects
    • Provide space for training
  • Individual NHCC members and families can support by:
    • Donating new or gently used supplies throughout the year
    • Volunteering in July to set up for the giveaway or on the day of the giveaway
  • Volunteering to organize the ERC room throughout the year

Parkville Women’s Clinic

  • Emphasis: Preservation of Children – Caring for the Little Ones
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Financial Support (including holiday fundraiser)
    • Education partnership
    • Supply drives
  • Individual NHCC members and families can support by:
    • Volunteering at the small mall and concession stand held in conjunction with the Cool to Be Blue holiday shopping event in November (proceeds from concession stand and small mall to be donated to the Clinic)

One by One Project / Restoration House

  • Emphasis: Protection of Women – Caring for Women at Risk
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Financial Support (including proceeds from fall charity golf tournament)
    • Education partnership
  • Individual NHCC members and families can support by:
    • Playing in the golf tournament (Invite family and friends along too)
    • Volunteering at the golf tournament

Something to Eat

  • Emphasis: Homeless and Hungry – Care for those lacking in basic necessities
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Financial Support (including proceeds from Celebration of Christmas ticket sales)
    • Packing Events
    • Supply drives
  • Individual NHCC members and families can support by:
    • Inviting family and friends to Celebration of Christmas shows
    • Attending and/or volunteering for Celebration of Christmas
  • Signing up to help pack food boxes for a Packing event at the church

CarePortal

  • Emphasis: Preservation of Children – Caring for the Little Ones
  • NHCC will support by:
    • Responding to posted requests for resources
  • Individual NHCC members and families can support by:
    • Signing up for the Care Portal email to receive notifications of needs such as beds, bedding, clothing and more.
    • E-mail Shannon Horn to be added to this list.

 

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NHCC Expenses (How the Money is Spent)

How Does NHCC spend the money we give?

The following chart shows how NHCC spent money in 2016.

 

Buildings & Grounds ($549,798): Payments on building mortgage and construction loans; utilities, building repairs & maintenance,  custodial & cleaning services & supplies, landscaping and grounds maintenance, facilities staff compensation and expense; replacement of two RTUs (roof top units) in 2016.

Ministry Support ($245,797): Office staff compensation and expense, insurance, legal & auditing, office supplies, IT expenses, postage, bank & merchant fees

Worship & Teaching ($163,217): Ministry staff compensation and expense, music resources, video resources, drama resources, equipment and license fees for live streaming & message archives, communion supplies, volunteer training & appreciation

Children & Student Ministries ($136,759): Ministry staff compensation and expense, curriculum and other resources for Sunday morning and mid-week programs, volunteer appreciation and training, camp & mission trip subsidies

Congregational Life & Development ($209,663): Ministry staff compensation and expense, HOPE fund & Christmas blessings, small group resources, counseling, volunteer training & appreciation

Outreach & Community Impact ($118,722): Ministry staff compensation and expense, outreach events, mid-sized events, marketing, first impressions ministry, funeral meal ministry, support for impact partners

Total = $1,423,955

Buildings and Grounds take up a lot of the budget. How would we allocate those dollars to the use of the facility?

As you can see, Buildings & Grounds take up about 39% of our budget. This is a little higher that past years as we spent an unexpected $45,000 on two new RTUs and 18 new thermostats in 2016. If we broke down those expense ($549,856) according to how we utilize the space, we would allocate these expenses as shown in the following chart.

 NHCC Funds, Payment Methods and Noncash Donations

NHCC Funds

There are four ongoing funds at NHCC. There may occasionally be other funds set up for short-term fundraising goals, but these four funds will be available all the time:

  • Ministry & Operations Fund
  • H.O.P.E Fund
  • Property Improvements Fund
  • Impact Partners Fund

Donations to the Ministry & Operations fund pay for all the operating and programming expenses of the church. The other three funds are designated for special purposes.

The H.O.P.E (Helping Other People in Emergencies) fund has money that has been donated for the specific purpose of helping NHCC family or friends of NHCC’ers who are experiencing a financial emergency. Anyone may nominate themselves or someone else for financial assistance by completing an application form and returning it to the office for the HOPE team to review. For more information on nominating or the application form, click here. This fund also distributes Christmas blessings in December.

The Property Improvements Fund is new as of August 2016. This is a fund that holds money designated for property improvements, large equipment purchases and major repairs. It will NOT pay for routine maintenance or repairs. NHCC budgets about $129,000 every year to pay for routine maintenance and repairs for the building, property and equipment. (The $129,000 does not include utility costs or payments on our loans on the property.) The Property Improvements fund is reserved to help pay for large expenses. Examples might be new rooftop heating & cooling units, extensive roof repairs, or other large expenses that cannot be handled solely through our general ministry & operations budget.

The Impact Partners Fund is new as of September 2016. This is a fund that holds money designated for NHCC’s Impact Partners (See the Impact Partners section for more information on these partnerships.) 100% of the money donated to this fund is passed along to these groups.

Can I designate money to be used for a specific ministry purpose?

We do not have any standing funds other than the ones noted above. Occasionally, there may be short-term opportunities to contribute for a specific project. An example of this might be Student Ministry fundraising to help pay for a mission trip.

How can I donate?

  1. You can donate by dropping cash or a check in the offering on Sunday.
  2. There are also two lockboxes – one in the vestibule and one by the Welcome Center – where you can drop off your offering on Sunday or during the week if you are at the church.
  3. You can donate electronically from your bank account or credit/debit card via our website or NHCC app.
  4. If you have an account with a bank or credit union that offers a “bill pay service”, you can request that they send a check to NHCC in the amount and frequency you wish.
  5. You can also personally mail a check to our office:

Attn: Accounts Receivable

North Heartland Community Church

4800 NW 88th Street

Kansas City MO 64154

Will I get an acknowledgement of my donation?

NHCC’s current practice is to send out giving statements on a quarterly basis. The year-end statement would be your documentation for tax purposes. If you need any information on your giving, you can contact Lynda Starkey at 741-1444 or email her and request an interim statement.

Can I make a stock donation?

Yes. NHCC maintains an account with Scottrade. Contact Lynda Starkey at 741-1444 or email her and request instructions on transferring the stock donation to NHCC’s account at Scottrade. There may be tax advantages to transferring appreciated stock directly to NHCC rather than selling stock and donating cash. You will need to consult a tax advisor about your financial situation to see if this option would be beneficial for you. Stock donations will not show up on your giving statement. You will receive a separate letter from NHCC reflecting the stock donation for tax purposes.

Can I make a non-cash donation other than stocks?

It depends. Some items that we can always use:

  • Gift cards for grocery stores, gas stations, fast food restaurants and major discount stores. We can use these types of cards to supplement our H.O.P.E. fund. If you have any questions about the types of cards we could use, please contact the office at 741-1444.
  • Teacher Supply Giveaway & Educator’s Resource Center (ERC) items: We have an annual Teacher Supply Giveaway (usually in late July). We also maintain a storeroom of these supplies for teachers in need to access throughout the year. We accept donations year-round for this purpose. Items that you can donate would include: books, room décor, office supplies, craft and art supplies, paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, markers, glue sticks, stuffed animals and more! Gently used items are okay.
  • There may occasionally be other drives throughout the year for other items. Watch your program for these opportunities.

If you have an item to donate that doesn’t fit one of these categories, please contact NHCC to see if we can use the item. Currently, NHCC does not have an arrangement with a company to sell donated items.

If you need a letter for tax purposes for a non-cash donation, let us know.

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Instructions for Setting up Electronic Donations through NHCC

How do I set up a new recurring donation?

There are two ways to set up recurring donations through NHCC:

  1. NHCC Website
  2. NHCC Mobile App

(You may also be able to set up an automatic bill pay through your bank or credit union. You would need to check with your financial institution to see if that option is available to you.)

Setting up new recurring donations on NHCC Website

  1. Go to the North Heartland website: northheartland.org
  2. On the top right hand side, click on “Giving”.
  3. Under Give Online, click on “Click here to setup a one time or recurring gift”
  4. In order to set up a recurring donation, you will need to set up an account the first time. Click on “First Time” and complete the information. After you set up an account, you can log in on subsequent occasions to manage your scheduled gifts. (If you just want to give a one-time gift, you can click on Quick Give.)
  5. Finally, you will need to click on “Scheduled Giving” on the left side. If you are using a debit or credit card, you will fill in the screen that shows up. If you want to automatically deduct from your bank account, click on the check icon in the upper right corner and it will switch the required fields for a checking or savings account. NOTE: There is a dropdown menu on the memo line of the check where you can select the fund. The default is Ministry and Operations but you can select one of the other funds here.

Setting up new recurring donations on the NHCC App

  1. If you do not have the app installed on your smartphone, you can download it through Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, Windows Phone or Amazon App. Search for “North Heartland Comm Church”.
  2. Click on the NHCC app. Go to the Invest/Give tab. (On some phones this will be on the bottom and on some it will be on the top and you may have to swipe right to left to see the tab.)
  3. Click on “Online giving setup”
  4. To set up a recurring donation, you will have to set up an account. Click on “Create Account” and complete the requested information. (If you just want to make a one-time gift, you can click on “Quick Give”.)
  5. Click on “Scheduled Giving” – this will be a tab in the top middle of the screen. Enter your card information. If you want the donations to come from your bank account, you will need to click where it says “Click to Use echeck” and the screen will change to the fields needed to set up automatic deductions from your checking or savings account. NOTE: There is a dropdown menu on the memo line of the check where you can select the fund. The default is Ministry & Operations, but you can pick one of the other funds here.

Authorization Form for recurring donations

  1. If you would like us to set up your recurring payments for you, complete the Authorization Form – Recurring Payments. You can find copies of this form at the Welcome Center in the NHCC lobby. 
  2. Return the completed form to us by dropping it in one of the lock boxes located by the Welcome Center or in the vestibule. You can also mail it back to us at:

North Heartland Community Church

4800 NW 88th Street

Kansas City MO 64154

Attn: Lynda Starkey

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