Donating to PUC

Donating to Pacific Unitarian Church (PUC) is Easy

Pacific Unitarian Church is a 501(c)(3) charity—all donations are fully tax deductible!

Below we list the main ways that you can donate and explain what funds you can donate to.  Its important that every donation include a memo (Operating, Growth, Endowment, Split Plate, etc).

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How to Donate

You can donate to Pacific Unitarian Church in any number of ways.  Using any electronic transfer method (where the money goes directly into PUC’s bank account) is preferred because it saves volunteers from having to log-in and deposit your check, eliminates lost checks, and saves trips to the bank.  Donations can be either one-time or recurring.  No matter what method you choose, please ensure you annotate what the donation is intended for (see “Where Does My Donation Go” below).


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Zelle (Available to most large-bank customers–see list here):

  • You can sign up with Zelle at your bank to make transfers directly to PUC’s Chase bank account.  Set up is quick and it is easy to use.  It is really easy for PUC to manage and create records.  You control the amount and timing.  You can even send from your mobile device.
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  • It is free for you and for PUC! 

 Your Bank’s Bill-Pay:

  • You can go to your bank’s website and set up monthly automatic payments to PUC through your bank’s “Bill-Pay” feature.  Generally, this method will generate a check that is mailed to PUC.  This method requires admin time to record and deposit the check.
  • This saves you the cost of a stamp and the time each month to write out and deliver a check.  


 Credit/Debit Card through PayPal:

  • You can donate here, on our webpage; costs PUC ~2.5% in fees to PayPal; or FREE if your bank account is linked to your PayPal account.  
  • You pay from your credit/debit card through PayPal (or your bank account if its linked).
  • OR you can step into the office and we can swipe your card to take one-time donations
  • If using PayPal, please consider adding an extra 2.5% to your donation to cover our PayPal processing costs.
  • Click here for a step-by-step guide or here to donate now.

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  • You can write a check to PUC–make sure you add a instructions in the memo line
  • You can deliver it multiple ways:
    • Place your check in the Sunday morning offering plate.
    • Mail or deliver your check to the PUC Office
  • PUC Office volunteers log your check in, process it and then take it to the bank for deposit

 Transferring Securities (Stocks, bonds, etc.):

  • You can gift an appreciated stock and its a win-win!  PUC gets the full value of the stock and you don’t pay taxes on any appreciation (as you would if you sold the stock first)
  • Obtain a Securities Gift form from your financial institution
  • Contact for additional information and assistance
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  • You can leave a gift to Pacific Unitarian Church in your Will
  • You can designate if you would like your gift to be used in the Operating Fund or a special purpose
  • Please consult your Estate Planning attorney to support the church and its ministry beyond your lifetime

If you need assistance, call 310-378-5449 or email and we will be happy to talk you through the steps.

Where Does My Donation Go?

All donations received by PUC are assumed to be for general operations (Operating Fund) unless otherwise specified as one of the below items.  If you have something else in mind for your donation you need to communicate that to PUC.  The easiest way is to fill out the Memo Field if one is available.  If there is no memo field available, please contact to provide your instructions, we’ll annotate it in our record system.

There are currently 4 places to send your donations:

  • Operating Fund:
    • This is our general fund that pays for church operations, staff salary, maintenance, ministry, operating reserves, etc.
    • If you can only donate to one, this is the one to choose.
    • Donations to the Operating Fund count towards your annual pledge
  • Growth and Reinvestment Campaign Fund:
    • This is our capital improvement fund that pays for campus improvements, deferred maintenance, and efforts to increase membership.
    • This fund repaved the parking lot and will be renovating the classrooms and Audio-Visual system.
  • Endowment Fund:
    • This fund provides the church with a long term investment for financial security, an annual income stream, and funds in an emergency.
    • Members often leave a donation to the Endowment in their wills.
  • Split Plate or Restricted:
    • These funds may only be used for specific purposes
    • Split Plate funds are split between the charity of the week and the Operating Fund
    • Restricted Accounts are for specific purposes like the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, the Memorial Wall, etc and can only be spent on the designated item.  These are very limited in nature and include:
      • Camp Scholarships
      • General Assembly Scholarships
      • General Memorial
      • Memorial Wall
      • Minister’s Discretionary Account
      • YRUU Funds

Automatic Recurring Donations

This is an EXCELLENT choice for the church, as it keeps our costs in administration extremely low! Its also helps ensures you don’t forget a payment and keeps you in control.  You set up the amount and the number of payments and you can change it at anytime by logging into the appropriate account.

In order to set up auto payments you need a Chase QuickPay account or a PayPal account.  The account enables the recurring payment setup, editing of your payment preferences in the future, and tracking.  Chase QuickPay is free to use and payment is made from your bank account.  PayPal costs the church approximately 2.5% of the total donation but does allow you to use your credit or debit card.

You can also use your bank’s Bill Pay feature and contribute to PUC directly from your bank account by setting up a one-time or periodic payments to Pacific Unitarian Church just as you make your other online banking payments. PUC is not charged a processing fee for online banking payments, however, these payments generally are sent to PUC as a check which must be processed.

Other Ways to Contribute

Earn $$ For PUC When You Shop

If you shop at Ralphs, Sprouts Market, Whole Foods Market, Vons, or shop on-line, you can earn money for PUC. Ralphs, and Vons (eScrip program) send quarterly contribution checks to PUC based on member purchases.

    • Ralphs – log in to and, if new, “Create an Account”. Once completed, go back to this site, and click on “edit my community contribution” to link your card to Pacific Unitarian Church; or get a scan bar letter to give to the checker with your rewards card & they’ll sign you up. (Scan bar letters available Sundays on the Patio and in the PUC Office.) Click here for more details.
    • Sprouts Market – $25 cards available for purchase on the Patio or in the PUC Office.  5% goes to PUC.
    • Smile at Amazon – when shopping at Amazon, use instead and select PUC as your charity.  A small percent of all your purchases will benefit PUCSupport us when you shop this holiday season

Pooled Income Fund

In 1990, PUC established a Pooled Income Fund, intended to benefit both the donors and the church. The “pooled” donations are prudently invested in a collection of securities selected to preserve capital and maximize income. The donors receive all of the investment income earned on their donation for the rest of the donor’s life, and the life of their 45 years or older beneficiary, if desired. Cash or other assets that can be sold can be donated (and possibly avoid Capital Gains tax). Upon the death of the donor (or also of the 45 years or older beneficiary), the life income ceases and the current value of the donor’s share is transferred to PUC’s Endowment Fund. Minimum initial donation is $2,000 with minimum $200 additions. Contact the PUC Endowment Committee for more information or to prepare the necessary documents for you to contribute to the Pooled Income Fund, or for more information. Download the Pooled Income Fund brochure here.

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