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FAQ

FAQ

Where does my Money Go?

For some people, giving to a church can be a scary leap of faith. Questions like: "Where does my money go?" or "Can I trust these guys?" are legitimate questions.

At Flatirons, there are several safeguards we have put in place to ensure accountability and transparency in all of the Church’s financial dealings.

First, an independent accounting firm audits the Church’s accounting records on a yearly basis. This audit report and the accompanying financial statements are a part of this website. Download the 2014 audited financial statements here.

Secondly, the Church is also a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fund-raising and board governance.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, the Church’s accounting records are open to anyone who would like to examine our books, and the Church’s accounting staff is available to answer questions anyone may have.

How does Flatirons support our mission partners financially?

When you give to Flatirons, at least 10% of your donation goes directly to support our local and international partners. Read more about our local partners here. Read more about our global partners here.

How can I learn about giving and its significance in my walk with God?

Watch these messages online:

How can Flatirons help me with my budget?

One of the most difficult parts of getting a handle on your finances is creating a plan. Flatirons has created a budget worksheet to help you get started with your plan. Download the budget worksheet. (Requires Microsoft Excel or compatible spreadsheet software.)

If you need help in setting up a spending plan/budget, please consider attending one of Flatirons’ financial workshops or give the Church’s CFO, Michael Koehn, a call. Giving should be a priority in all our lives and a way to bring glory to God, not another way to add stress to our lives and drive us deeper into debt.

What is the New Worth Financial Workshop?

Click here to learn more about Flatirons’ financial workshop.

How do I receive Quarterly and Annual Giving Statements?

Flatirons sends quarterly and annual giving statements via email. Please email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney to give us your current email address to ensure you will receive your statements.

How do I update my personal information?

To update your email address, mailing address, phone number, or family information, please email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney.

How do I update my bank account or credit card information for online giving?

Refer to “Online Giving Account Management” on this page for information on updating your online giving account information.  Log in to your online giving account, here.

How can I make changes to my automatic bank ACH?

Email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney to make any changes to your automatic bank ACH, or call 303-664-5524.  (Note: Contact Peggy only for ACH changes. For online giving changes, log in to your account here).

How can I make changes to my bank bill pay checks?

Flatirons cannot make changes to your bank’s online bill pay.  Sign in to your bank account online or contact your bank to make changes.

 

 

Planned giving

Planned Giving

Whether supported through an outright gift or planned gift, Flatirons Community Church and its programs are made possible through the generosity and commitment of its attendees and supporters. A planned gift to Flatirons Community Church helps to carry out its mission of reaching the lost and broken of Boulder and surrounding communities while at the same time, furthering your financial goals.

What are planned gifts? Planned gifts might generally be described as thoughtful gifts of assets, oftentimes over and above what might be donated on a weekly or regular basis. Such gifts often include significant tax-planning and tax-saving opportunities and may necessitate the coordination of your legal and tax advisors.

Planned gifts traditionally encompass several major strategies:

 

Appreciated Assets

Over time, many assets grow in value. Stocks, bonds, real estate and other property may have appreciated well beyond their original purchase prices. However, the sale of such assets may trigger expensive capital gains taxes. One solution is to give all or part of such assets to Flatirons Community Church. By doing so, you benefit ministry, enjoy a tax-deduction for the full fair market value of the item donated and avoid paying the associated capital gains tax.

If you are interested in making a gift of appreciated assets, please call the church’s Business Administrator, Michael Koehn , at (303) 664-5524, or email Michael at the following address michael_koehn@flatironschurch.com. Michael will be happy to help you with your gifting plans.

 

Bequests (Wills)

Remembering the church in your will is an attractive option for many donors. Such a gift is accomplished by making a charitable bequest. In general, a bequest is a written statement in a will which directs that a gift be made to Flatirons Community Church upon the death of the person who established the will (the testator). In order to properly include a bequest to the church in your will, it is important to obtain the proper wording to use. If you decide to make a gift to the church in your will, you may want to include the following type of provision:

“I give and devise cash or assets with a value of $_________ or __________% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to Flatirons Community Church, Inc., currently located at 355 West South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026.”

If you are interested in putting Flatirons in your will, please call the church’s Business Administrator, Michael Koehn , at (303) 664-5524, or email Michael at the following address michael_koehn@flatironschurch.com. Michael will be happy to help you with your gifting plans.

 

Life Insurance

Naming the church as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or the outright gifting of a paid-up life insurance policy presents an attractive gifting opportunity for some. In order to accomplish such a gift, certain forms must be completed and accepted by the donor’s life insurance company.

If you are interested in making a gift of life insurance to Flatirons Community Church , please call the church’s Business Administrator, Michael Koehn , at (303) 664-5524, or email Michael at the following address michael_koehn@flatironschurch.com. Michael will be happy to help you with your gifting plans.

 

Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts provide several distinct opportunities to donors: (1) make a gift to Flatirons Community Church while receiving an income payment for a term of years or the remainder of the donor’s life (remainder trusts or gift annuities), or (2) make a gift of investment income to Flatirons Community Church for a term of years while returning the original investments at the end of the term to either the donor or beneficiaries designated by the donor (lead trusts). While charitable trusts can be complex, there may be significant tax-planning and tax-saving opportunities with such arrangements.

If you are interested in setting up a charitable trust to benefit Flatirons Community Church , please call the church’s Business Administrator, Michael Koehn , at (303) 664-5524, or email Michael at the following address michael_koehn@flatironschurch.com. Michael will be happy to help you with your gifting plans.

 

Retirement Assets

Sometimes donors find they have excess funds secured for their retirement. In such a case, a gift to Flatirons Community Church of assets in a retirement account (401k, 403b, IRA, etc) may be just the way to go. Due to intricacies surrounding the tax treatment of such gifts, it is very important to coordinate this type of gift with both your tax advisor and the church.

If you are interested in donating retirement assets to Flatirons, please call the church’s Business Administrator, Michael Koehn , at (303) 664-5524, or email Michael at the following address michael_koehn@flatironschurch.com. Michael will be happy to help you with your gifting plans.

 

Life Estates

Occasionally, donors find that their main asset is their home or farm, yet they would like to make a gift to the church. This presents an opportunity to make a donation to Flatirons Community Church through a life estate gift. With a life estate gift, you are able to make a gift to the church of your home or farm, yet continue to live there and enjoy your property until you no longer need it.

If you are interested in making a life estate gift to Flatirons, please call the church’s Business Administrator, Michael Koehn , at (303) 664-5524, or email Michael at the following address michael_koehn@flatironschurch.com. Michael will be happy to help you with your gifting plans.

 

 

 

Annual Giving Statements

Annual giving statements are sent via email by the end of January. If you have not received quarterly statements from us in the past, please email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney to give us your current email address and we will email your annual statement and all future statements to you.

 

 

Online Giving

Annual Giving Statements

Need your quarterly or annual giving statement? They are sent out via email, and cannot be obtained through the online giving system. Please email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney to give us your current email address to ensure you will receive your statements.

Online Giving

  • Online giving is available on your phone or computer. Click here or go to flatironschurch.com/giveonline
  • Donate using your credit card, debit card or an electronic check
  • Schedule a recurring gift or give one-time
  • Sign in anytime to view past online gifts or change recurring online gifts (Sign in to your account, here.)
  • Indicate the campus you attend

Online Giving Account Management

If you need to make changes to your online recurring gift, login to your account, here.

If you give via Automatic Bank ACH, email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney to make any changes.

Special note for bank account and credit/debit card account changes (for online giving): If you need to update your account information, you must change your account in two places; first under the “My Settings” tab, “payment methods”, and second under the “My Settings” tab, “recurring payments”, then click “edit” and correct the account information in the giving form. Make sure to save the form all the way through until you see the notification (at the top of the page) that your changes have been successfully applied.

To update your email address, mailing address, phone number, or family information, please email Peggy Haddad/Jennifer Brackney.  Changes made to your online giving profile do not sync to our system.

Online Giving and Credit Cards

The decision to accept credit card donations was not made lightly, so Flatirons would ask that before giving in this manner, prayerfully consider the wisdom in using a credit card. For some of us, the use of credit is something that we struggle with and, at times, has wreaked havoc on our finances. Flatirons strongly believes that a credit card should not be used unless you intend to pay off your balance in full each month. Finally, when giving via credit card, please ensure that the amount of a credit card charge for your tithes and offerings has been well thought out and is a part of your spending plan/budget.

(Please note that the amount we receive from credit card/debit card transactions will be approximately 2.5% lower than the gift amount specified due to our online processing fees. This is not the case when using the e-check option (when you give online), your bank's online bill pay option or a personal check.)

 

 

Other ways to give

Other Ways to Give

Weekend Services

  • Offering buckets are available at the auditorium doors at the conclusion of each weekend service.
  • Be sure to include your name and address on the check or envelope (if giving cash), so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.

Bank Bill Pay

  • Most banks have free online bill pay. Sign in to your individual bank account and follow your bank’s instructions to set up Flatirons Community Church as a new payee.
  • Indicate the campus that you would like your donation applied to in the memo line.
  • Flatirons’ address is 355 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026. 

By Mail

  • Mail your donation to 355 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026.
  • Indicate the campus that you would like your donation applied to.

Automatic Bank ACH

  • Fill out the authorization form located here. Email completed forms to finance@flatironschurch.com, mail to 355 W. South Boulder Rd. Lafayette, CO 80026, or drop them in the offering buckets at the end of a weekend service.
  • Amount of your choice is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account on the 1st and/or 15th of every month, or on a weekly basis.