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Giving Update & FAQ

Thank you to those who give so faithfully and generously to support the local and global ministries of Calvary Church. We appreciate your continued support and look forward with prayerful expectation to what God will do in and through our church family as a result of your giving.

FISCAL YEAR END UPDATE | JUNE 2021

We take the stewardship of the funds given to Calvary seriously and appreciate the volunteer team of Trustees that review our finances every month. Feel free to reach out anytime to our Executive Pastor, Michael Welles, with any financial questions you might have -  or 714-550-2313. Thanks for all you have given in support of our ministries in this challenging year.



GENERAL MINISTRY FUND

Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2021. Your tithes go to support our General Fund which enables the ministries that happen on our campus. So far, we’ve received about $250,000 less this year than last. However, we have stayed on budget because of expense savings from fewer events and less utilities. We do set our budget for next year based on where we will end this year. As more in-person events and ministries come back to campus, we ask that if God has provided for you this year, would you prayerfully consider giving generously in June to help Calvary finish this year well. Doing so will also put us in a healthy place going into a new fiscal year in July to pursue all God has called us to.

Fiscal 2020 RESULTS

Church

Actual

Budget

Difference

Revenue

 4,102,797

4,076,000

26,797

Expenses

(4,056,500)

(3,981,000)

(75,500)

Net

46,297

95,000

(48,703)

Fiscal 2021 Projected Results

Church

PROJECTED

Budget

Difference

Revenue

3,850,000

4,117,000

(267,000)

Expense

(3,767,000)

(4,022,000)

279,000

Net

83,000

95,000

(12,000)

 


 

REACH MISSIONS FUND

Thank you also for so many who have given to support Calvary’s Reach Fund this year as we pursue our two-fold focus to provide Bibles for Everyone and Good News for Europe. We are right on track for budget in this area and because of your faithfulness, we are able to support strategic projects and 90 missionary families serving here and around the world who are bearing good fruit and making a difference for God’s kingdom!

FISCAL 2020 RESULTS

Missions

Actual

Budget

Difference

Revenue

953,565

1,025,000

(71,435)

Expense

(944,292)

(1,013,000)

68,708

Net

9,273

 12,000

(2,727)

FISCAL 2021 PROJECTED RESULTS

Missions

PROJECTED

Budget

Difference

Revenue

925,000

925,000

0

Expense

(923,000)

(920,000)

(3,000)

Net

2,000

5,000

(3,000)

 


 


USE OF MINISTRY FUNDS

The chart below shows how we spent all of our funds from fiscal year 2020 (including General & Reach). It is awesome to see about one third of the money we spend going outside the walls of our church to reach the world and care for those in need.

 

 


 

CAMPUS PROJECTS

We were able to get some campus projects done this past year while less activities were happening in-person, using some of the church, school and preschool maintenance reserves and dollars saved as a result of the PPP Covid-19 relief funding. 

  • We have upgraded 3 additional school classrooms.
  • We received PPP funding which paid school & church salaries for 10 weeks. This allowed us to have the resources to finish other projects and replenish reserves.
  • We completed the Worship Center bathroom remodels.
  • We replaced damaged staircase on A building and added shade structure and new sandbox to playground.
  • We added preschool entrance courtyard with seating.
  • We increased campus security with new fencing and gates.

 


 

HERITAGE BUILDING

Calvary owns and operates the Heritage Medical Building on the northeast corner of our campus. We added an amazing ministry partner this year in Emmaus Road Counseling, so half of our current tenants are non-profits (Safe Families, OC Rescue Mission, Emmaus Road). We should break even this year. We still have one vacancy if you know of anyone who needs 1400 sq. ft. of office space.

 


 

CCS

Our Preschool expected to lose $200k and K-8th School $150k due to the impact of the pandemic, but they were able to remain open and staffed through the use of PPP Covid-19 relief funds, which will allow us to break even this year. There are still some spots left for next year so sign up soon. Learn more at Calvary.School

 


 

Thank you again for supporting Calvary Church with your prayers, your acts of service, your presence, and your financial contributions. I am so grateful to partner with you in ministry. Each of our gifts add up to make a big difference in people’s lives here at Calvary, in our local community, and around the world! You can give today at CalvaryLife.org/Give.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW | ANNUAL REPORT


We encourage you to read through highlights of Calvary's local and global ministry in our 2020 Year in Review. You will see how throughout all the challenges of this past year, the mission continues! And, we continue to need your generosity, service, and prayers to thrive in 2021. We know that God is always good and His mercies endure forever! So we thank God for all things, even 2020.   

View 2020 Year in Review 

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Do I need to register and create an account to give online?

You can give without registering with an account, but we encourage you to register to access giving history and any scheduled recurring payments. If you previously had a login for online giving on our old system, you will need to create a new login and register separately on our new giving system. Once you have registered, we will work to sync any historical giving from our previous system. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact us at 714-550-2307 or To create an account - REGISTER HERE

2. How do I update, cancel or change my online recurring giving?

You may cancel or make changes to your pending contributions at any time. Once your contribution has processed, you cannot make any changes to it through your online giving account. To see more about changing your recurring gift schedule - Click Here.

3. Can I view my past giving history online?

Your past history of giving both online and in service contributions are available to view online and are updated to your account every Tuesday.  Click this link to login and view your Giving History

4. How would I be able to get a statement for tax purposes?

Whether you are a member of Calvary Church who gives a regular tithe or you want to give a one-time gift to help support one of our ministries - all givers receive a contribution statement every January. You can view and download a PDF of your Giving Statement by logging in to your profile and viewing Giving History. If you have questions regarding your donations at any time, please contact us at 714-550-2307 or  

5. What do you do to keep online giving secure?

Credit card and bank account processing is accomplished using secure processing services. Your entry of this information is encrypted when transmitted and not kept on Calvary computers. We do not sell your information to third parties.  

6. How does calvary church remain financially accountable & accredited?

We strive to be good stewards of all God provides for Calvary’s local and global ministry. In addition to our annual audit process and ongoing oversight by our team of Trustees, we are also members of the ECFA (Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability), following their best practices for financial management of ministries.

This accreditation agency is dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public's trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship

7. How do I give to Calvary in my Estate plan?

We highly encourage everyone to make sure they have an estate plan set up. There are potential tax benefits to giving to a charity like Calvary through your plan. Making Calvary a beneficiary of your IRA or 401(k) can also provide extra tax benefits. Contact Michael Welles at or 714-550-2313 for additional information.

8. What areas can I give to at Calvary?

Donations can be designated for various funds online or through your check’s memo line.  We have separate areas for General Church Ministry, Reach Missions, Go Trips, Emergency Needs Fund, Building Fund, Camp Scholarships and more.  (see Ways to Give for fund descriptions).  

9. What does the Bible say about giving?




The Bible has thousands of verses on giving but in summary, giving is a key element of spiritual formation and growth requiring two things of us: Faith & Faithfulness. 

Faith: Giving is an active expression of our faith. Giving demonstrates that God is our Provider and shows our confidence in His ability to supply our every need. Further, it’s an act of gratitude and dependence upon Him.

"'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'" Malachi 3:10

As we listen to God's voice and earnestly seek His will for our lives, His plan for giving will become obvious to each of us. In response, we can eagerly give, knowing that it pleases Him.

Through our gifts, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided us, while He blesses us beyond what we can possibly imagine. 

Faithfulness: Giving requires the highest standard of personal integrity and discipline. It is not a casual or when we happen to remember thing. In 2 Corinthians 8-9 the Bible teaches we are to give willingly, generously, and cheerfully. Our pattern should reflect a regular and systematic plan. God instructs us through the Bible to begin with our tithe, which means contributing 10% of all we have to the Lord’s work.

Giving a tithe builds our trust as we learn to count on God to meet every need we will ever have. Giving also strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us. Your financial contribution is an investment in God’s kingdom to see lives changed for Jesus Christ.


10. I still have questions about my giving, or need help with the online system, who do I contact?

Please contact Karen Dornbach at  or 714-550-2307.

 


WAYS TO GIVE

Thank you for considering how you can contribute to the ongoing local and global ministries of Calvary Church. 

Contributions can be made to Calvary  by:
  • Giving of your time by signing up to serve at Calvary on a volunteer team.
  • Donating Securely Online (by Electronic Check or Credit Card)
  • Text: 714-203-2312 with amount and keyword: General, Missions or ENF. Consider saving the number in your contacts for future use.
  • Giving in person at one of the weekly worship services
  • Mailing a Check to Calvary at 1010 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Drop off your donation to the Church Office during the week (upstairs in the Worship Center) 
creative non-cash ways to give:
  • Financial instruments (i.e. stocks, bonds)
  • Real property (i.e. land, homes)
  • Personal property (i.e. vehicles)
  • Services performed by a specialist (i.e. electrician, teacher)
  • Other non-financial assets (i.e. carpet, furniture)
  • Promises to give in the future (i.e. outlined in trusts, wills)

Donations can be designated for various funds:
  • General Church Ministry –  Supports the ongoing ministries of Calvary Church unless otherwise specified by another fund below.
  • Reach Local + Global Missions – Supports missionaries and partnership projects here and around the world.
  • Generation Project/Building Fund – Supports the creation of new ministry spaces.
  • Emergency Needs Fund – Assists those in our church and community who are having current financial difficulty.
  • Camp Scholarships – Supports our children and students who cannot afford to go to camp.
  • Adoption Fund – Supports families in our church who choose to adopt or care for orphans.

 

More on Creative Ways to Give

Stock Gifts
  • Gifts of property (such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds) that have increased in value since you have owned them can result in extra tax savings, which allows your money to go further for ministry.
  • If you have held such assets for longer than a year, you can give them to Calvary and deduct the entire market value from your taxable income. In addition to regular tax savings, capital gains tax is not due on assets given to charity. This additional tax savings is the greatest on assets that have increased the most in value and would result in the greatest capital gains, if sold.
  • Calvary will help you facilitate a stock transfer anytime into our brokerage account. If the stock has depreciated in value from its base purchase value, the best step is to sell it, deduct the loss on your taxes, and make a tax-deductible, charitable donation of the proceeds.

Qualified IRA Charitable Gifts
  • A donor age 70 1/2 or older may give up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA to a qualified public charity.
  • The gift will not be included in the donor’s taxable income and can qualify for the donor’s required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year.
  • Check with your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.

Estate Giving
  • Calvary has benefited greatly from people who choose to leave a financial gift to Calvary’s ministries in their estate plan.
  • More than 70% of people don't have a will or living trust and we encourage you to finish well as a good steward to protect your family from unnecessary taxes, probate costs, ensure your desires are met and help to benefit the cause for Christ.
  • For additional resources contact Ray Pertierra and see list of upcoming financial classes at calvarylife.org/generous


 


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact Pastor Michael Welles at  or 714-550-2313 for additional information on any of these giving areas. Your accountant/tax advisor can also provide you with information specific to your needs.