Frequently Asked Questions

Donate | Receipts | Login | Funding | Partnerships | Privacy/Security

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Donate:

  1. What is the most cost-effective method for donating to InterVarsity?

  2. To whom do I make a check payable?

  3. Can I mail in a donation?

  4. Are there extra fees if I donate using my credit or debit card?

  5. How do I transfer shares of stock to InterVarsity?

  6. I give through online banking or bill pay. How do I update my donation?

  7. How do I donate anonymously?

Receipts:

  1. Are gifts to InterVarsity tax-deductible? Will I get a receipt? Will you send me reminders?

  2. How can I get a receipt for my last gift, including my year-to-date total?

  3. Why did I stop receiving receipts?

Logging in and Maintaining an Account:

  1. How do I update my contact information?

  2. How do I change the password, username or email address for my account?

Staff Funding:

  1. How do I find out how much the staff member I support needs to raise?

  2. If more is received than budgeted, what happens to funding I gave?

  3. What happens to my donations when a staff leaves employment with InterVarsity?

Partnerships:

  1. How can I change my recurring gifts?

  2. When will my donation be withdrawn from my account?

  3. How do I update the credit card or bank account information on file?

  4. Can I view the donations I have made previously?

  5. Can I print a summary of my donations this year or in past years?

Privacy/Security:

  1. Do you give, rent or sell my information to other organizations?

  2. How do I remove my name from your mailing list, but continue donating?

  3. Are my payment method and other personal information secure?

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Donating:

  1. What is the most cost-effective method for donating to InterVarsity? 

The most cost effective method to use is electronic check (EFT), for either a one-time gift or a reoccurring monthly gift. InterVarsity does not pay any extra fees for this service and administrative costs are very low.

  1. To whom do I make a check payable?

In order to comply with IRS regulations and for donations to eligible for tax deductibility, all donations must be made payable to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA or simply to InterVarsity. Checks made payable to staff or students will be returned for proper completion.

  1. Can I mail in a donation?

Yes, you can mail in a donation at any time. Please click here for details and a printable form so that all necessary information is included.

  1. Are there extra fees if I donate using my credit or debit card?

Credit cards and debit cards charge InterVarsity approximately 2.4% for each donation they process. This fee is deducted from the account you designate.

There are no such fees associated with electronic checks.

  1. How do I transfer shares of stock to InterVarsity?

Click here for more information on giving appreciated stocks and securities.

  1. I give through online banking or bill pay. How do I update my donation?

You should make the changes on your bank’s website or contact them directly to make changes.

If you want to lower InterVarsity's administrative effort to process your gifts, we recommend changing your giving method to electronic checks via our website. To discontinue scheduled bill pay that you've set up through your own bank, please contact your bank.

  1. How do I donate anonymously?

After selecting the staff, ministry or project to which you want to donate, a Make this gift anonymous checkbox appears below the amount. Checking this box prevents your name and contact information from being given to the staff responsible for the designation or to any other InterVarsity personnel. Your donation remains tax deductible and a receipt will be sent to you.

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Receipts:

  1. Are gifts to InterVarsity tax-deductible?  Will I get a receipt?  Will you send me reminders?

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a tax exempt nonprofit organization under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; we are qualified to receive tax deductible donations and all donations to us are tax deductible.

A tax-deductible receipt is sent for each donation we receive. If you give online you will receive your receipt by email, unless you request otherwise from InterVarsity's Donation Services. No reminders or statements are sent. If you receive a paper receipt, you may use the bottom portion to send in another gift.  

  1. How can I get a receipt for my last gift, including my year-to-date total?

Receipts are issued within a few business days of the donation. You may view and print your giving summary for the current year or the previous year by logging in and visiting your My Giving > Donation History page. If you need a previous receipt re-issued, you may request it from Donation Services.

  1. Why did I stop receiving receipts?

Receipts are issued for each donation. If no further donations are made, no further receipts are issued. We do not send reminders. If you give online and receive receipts via email, please check your junk mail or deleted mail folder.

To increase the deliverability of confirmations, receipts and related correspondence via email, please add receipts{at}intervarsity.org and noreply{at}intervarsity.org to your spam whitelist or junk mail safe senders list.

If you receive paper receipts, please let us know if one appears to have been lost in the mail. You may contact Donation Services by email or toll free at (866) 734-4823 and request the re-issue of a duplicate receipt.

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Logging in and Maintaining an Account:

  1. How do I update my contact information?

Whenever you're logged into this and other InterVarsity websites, you'll see a My Profile link in the upper right corner of your screen that lets you access your InterVarsity profile. There you can update not only individual, account and contact information, but also your academic and InterVarsity chapter involvement and InterVarsity subscriptions.

  1. How do I change my password, username or email for my account?

You can change your password, username and/or the email address associated with your account by clicking this edit username/password/email link or the one on the My Profile page.

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Staff Funding:

  1. How do I find out how much the staff member I support needs to raise?

Each staff’s ministry budget is set by the team in which they work. The staff or their director can provide you with this information.

  1. If more is received than budgeted, what happens to funding I gave?

Each staff director has control over the funds that are received for their teams. If a staff account has an surplus, their supervisor is responsible to decide how best to use those funds.

  1. What happens to my donations when a staff leaves employment with InterVarsity?

You should receive a note from the staff you support informing you of their plans to leave employment with InterVarsity and giving you options as to when you should stop your gifts. The staff member may also inform you of other staff or ministries that would benefit from your continued support. You can adjust your giving, once logged in, on your partnership page.

InterVarsity will contact you with further information and/or giving options as well.

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Partnerships:

  1. How can I change my recurring gifts?

You can adjust your giving designations, amounts and schedules by logging in and visiting your My Giving > Partnerships page.

  1. When will my donation be withdrawn from my bank account?

One-time gifts from bank accounts (electronic check, EFT) are transferred within a couple of business days. For recurring gifts from bank accounts, you can choose from a variety of withdrawal schedules. When the selected date falls on a weekend or a US Federal holiday, the withdrawal occurs on the next business day.

  1. How do I update the credit card or bank account information on file?

You can update your giving methods by logging in and visiting your My Giving > Giving Methods page.

  1. Can I view the donations I have made previously?

Login and visit your My Giving > Donation History page to view a list of your gifts this year and the three previous years.

  1. Can I print a summary of my donations this year or in past years?

Login and visit your My Giving > Donation History page to view (and print, if you like) your summary for the current year or the previous year.

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Privacy/Security:

  1. Do you give, rent or sell my information to other organizations?

InterVarsity will not sell, rent, lease, give or lend mailing lists to other organizations for them to use for any fund-raising purpose. For more details, see our Privacy Policy linked from the bottom of every page.

  1. How do I remove my name from your mailing list, but continue donating?

Donors may ask to be flagged in our national system with a "no mail" or "limited mail" code by contacting Donation Services by email or toll free at (866) 734-4823. "No mail" means you will receive only receipts along with a letter of thanks. A "limited mail" code indicates you will receive informational mailings but no solicitations for funds. Staff are not able to change a mail code request for a donor. Mail code requests must come from the donor directly.

  1. Are my payment method and other personal information secure?

In keeping with InterVarsity’s Privacy Policy and Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards, we are committed to ensuring the security of your personal information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the proper use of information, we have a relationship with an established merchant services provider and implement appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure personal information. For example, your information is encrypted and transmitted using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

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Donate | Receipts | Login | Funding | Partnerships | Privacy/Security