Charity

“The gifts you have received, give as a gift.” - Matthew 10:8

Thank you for considering Saint Raphael Parish. The parish needs regular contributions to sustain a “cash flow” sufficient to pay ordinary expenses (salaries, utilities, taxes, etc.). In addition, the parish needs extraordinary contributions to fund our maintenance and repair projects. We need your generosity in both areas.

There are many ways you can help and in many cases, your donation may even be tax deductible (please see your tax advisor regarding charitable contributions). Please select from the following to learn more:

Tithe

According to ancient Biblical principle, "tithing" directed that 10% of what one was given should be returned back to the Lord in the form of charitable giving.

How much should I give?
Saint Raphael Parish strives to provide a wide range of ministries and services on a daily basis, supported almost exclusively by the offertory contributions of parishioners. It is understood that many demands are placed upon us all and we hope you will consider making Saint Raphael Parish the primary recipient of your charitable efforts. Tithing may even be tax deductible (please see your tax advisor regarding charitable contributions).

Please reference the chart below to determine the level of your current contributions and the level at which you might contribute to the church:

Monthly Take Home Pay 10% 7% 5% 3%
$7,500 $750 $525 $375 $225
$7,000 $700 $490 $350 $210
$6,500 $650 $455 $325 $195
$6,000 $600 $420 $300 $180
$5,500 $550 $385 $275 $165
$5,000 $500 $350 $250 $150
$4,500 $450 $315 $225 $135
$4,000 $400 $280 $200 $120
$3,500 $350 $245 $175 $105
$3,000 $300 $210 $150 $90
$2,500 $250 $175 $125 $75
$2,000 $200 $140 $100 $60
$1,500 $150 $105 $75 $45
$1,000 $100 $70 $50 $30

Pledge

The parish needs regular contributions to sustain a “cash flow” sufficient to pay ordinary expenses (salaries, utilities, taxes, etc.). In addition, the parish needs extraordinary contributions to help maintain and repair our parish and school. We need your generosity in both areas.

Please note:

  • Pledges over five years encourage donors to consider more substantial commitments than are possible with one-time cash gifts.
  • Donors who pledge may determine pledge remittance schedules to meet their own charitable or tax needs.
  • Pledges are not legally binding.
  • All gifts are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Sample Five Year Pledge Payment Plan

Total Pledge Initial Down Payment Balance Annual Payment Monthly Payment
$100,000 $10,000 $90,000 $18,000 $1,500
$75,000 $7,500 $67,500 $13,500 $1,125
$50,000 $5,000 $45,000 $9,000 $750
$25,000 $2,500 $22,500 $4,500 $375
$20,000 $2,000 $18,000 $3,600 $300
$15,000 $1,500 $13,500 $2,700 $225
$10,000 $1,000 $9,000 $1,800 $150

Monetary Donations

Every penny counts! Should you wish to make a monetary donation to our parish, please contact Charles Goetz, Parish Business Manager, at cgoetz@straphaelpgh.org or 412.661.3100 x.112. Additionally, stocks, bonds, insurance policies, annuities, are all most acceptable as contributions to your parish. All contributions given to the ordinary collections are counted toward the Parish Share assessment for the following year. Contributions to the building fund are not counted toward that assessment. In many cases, your donation may even be tax deductible (please see your tax advisor regarding charitable contributions).

Click here to make a one time gift via Faith Direct Online.

Giving Online with Faith Direct (Church Code PA723)

Faith Direct LogoThe Faith Direct program allows you to support your church through automatic debits from your bank account or charges to your credit/debit card. Click here to learn how the program works. Our church code is PA723. To families and individuals, Faith Direct offers:

  • Peace of mind – because you'll be able to support your parish each and every week, even if you're out of town on a Sunday, or unable to attend services due to weather, illness or a family emergency
  • The convenience of not having to write a check every week
  • The security of knowing your data is protected, that every transaction is secure, and that your contributions are automatically transferred directly to the church's account
  • The knowledge that you are helping your parish be more efficient, and have a steady, predictable cash flow to support the works that are important to you, throughout the year
  • The simplicity of being able to arrange all of your gifts – from weekly offerings and additional special appeals throughout the year to church school or building fund donations – in one secure program
  • The efficiency of having an annual statement that details your generosity, and simplifies your taxes


  • Planned Giving

    You can help improve parish quality and experiences for generations to come by making a planned gift to Saint Raphael Parish. By remembering Saint Raphael Parish in your financial planning, you are leaving a legacy for you and your family and a myriad of opportunities for future Saint Raphael Parish parishioners. Talk with your financial advisor today about planned giving.

    EITC

    Do you own a business? If so, would you be interested in providing scholarships and financial aid to Saint Raphael Elementary School students if there were little or no cost to your company? If your answer is "Yes," put your Pennsylvania tax liability dollars to work for our school through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

    The EITC program allows the business community to support private school education. You have the ability to divert your state tax dollars to support our school. The money you are obligated to pay in state taxes can go directly to provide student scholarships and financial aid to students who otherwise could not afford to attend Saint Raphael Elementary School.

    You determine or otherwise estimate your state tax liability. Through the EITC program your company can apply to receive tax credits equal to 75% of the amount of your contribution per taxable year. The tax credit can be increased to 90% of the contribution, if your business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years. In addition, you can claim a charitable deduction for the difference between the tax credit amount and the gift. The tax credits can then be designated for receipt by Saint Raphael Elementary School and go directly to helping our own students. For example: If you donate $5,000 to Saint Raphael each year for two years, you receive a tax credit of $4,500 per year, plus the ability to claim $500 per year as a charitable deduction. The $10,000 donation to Saint Raphael becomes a $10,000 scholarship for our students and in the end, will cost you almost $0.

    You are eligible to participate in the program if your business is licensed to operate in Pennsylvania and is subject to one or more of the following taxes:

    • Corporate Net Income Tax
    • Capital Stock Tax
    • Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders, LLCs or Partnership partners

Please consider the value you place on providing a catholic education for your children. As a business owner, you are in the unique position of being able to help other families provide that same opportunity for their own children. Within our Saint Raphael community, there are families who are experiencing financial challenges due to job loss or illness and others who simply cannot afford the rising cost of catholic education for their children. Your generosity will make a significant difference in the lives of our students at Saint Raphael Elementary School.

The application process is simple and quick: You or your company representative can set up an account and completer the application. This simple electronic application is only two pages, with the first page comprised of applicant information and the second page containing five questions about your contribution. Simply submit your application for consideration.

For additional information about the program or to begin the application process, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development online..

    If you have any questions, please contactCharles Goetz, Parish Business Manager, at cgoetz@straphaelpgh.org or 412.661.3100 x.112.