FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT GIVING TO SIM

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is the difference between a Support Account and Ministry Account

Support accounts provide for a missionary’s salary, medical insurance, retirement, home assignment travel, administrative costs, and basic living needs. We use this account to keep our missionaries in ministry.

Ministry accounts provide for a missionary’s work-related expenses. This account is separate from the missionary’s regular support account.

Some (not all) of our missionaries include monthly ministry expenses as another line item in their monthly support budget. This is the case if you see an option to give only to your missionary’s support account. By giving to their support account, you can rest assured that they will have funds available for ministry activities.

To learn more about missionary support, click here.

What if I want to change the amount of my recurring contribution?

Click here to contact us as soon as possible. We’d love to help you make any necessary changes to your account.

What if I have a change of address?

Click here to contact us as soon as possible. We’d love to help you make any necessary changes to your account.

Can I try out the online giving service with a one-time gift?

Yes. You may try online giving by selecting “this is a one-time donation” in the Gift Type drop down box. Click here to see how easy and efficient the process really is.

Will I receive a tax statement for my gift?

Each online, one-time gift generates an e-receipt. You will receive your receipt by email very soon after giving your gift online. Each e-receipt gives your year-to-date giving total. You will also receive a Year-End Giving Statement listing all of your gifts.

Recurring monthly and quarterly gifts are not receipted; however, a Year-End Giving Statement will be sent for tax purposes.

What is SIM’s tax status?

The U.S. office of SIM is legally known as “SIM USA Incorporated.” We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Religious Corporation. Our IRS tax identification number is 22-1936391.

How does SIM Handle my gift?

All gifts to approved SIM projects and missionaries are used as requested by the donor, with the understanding that when the need has been met or the missionary’s status changes, the gift will then be applied where needed most at the discretion of SIM USA, preferably to a similar project or missionary. In keeping with IRS guidelines, SIM USA has complete control and administration over the use of tax-deductible donations received for ministries within SIM. Learn more about how your gift is used by clicking here.

How is SIM committed to financial integrity?

SIM has annual internal and external audits. We also have a reputable board of directors of whom the majority are not members of SIM. In addition, we are members of Missio Nexus and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Where should I direct my questions about giving?

We are ready to answer any questions you might have concerning your gifts to SIM. Click here to contact us, or give us a call at 1-800-521-6449.

I want to mail in a check rather than give online. What should I do?

Our online giving process is very safe and secure, but we understand that not everyone is comfortable with making a donation online. If you would rather give by check, simply download our giving form, fill it out, and mail along with your check. Checks should be made payable to SIM USA and mailed to:

SIM USA
P.O. Box 7900
Charlotte, NC 28241-7900

For all gifts received by mail, an official tax receipt is generated and mailed to you. This receipt is an official tax-deductible document for your contributions, with a year-to-date total listed on each receipt for tax purposes.

Is my gift to an SIM missonary tax-deductuble?

Gifts for missionary accounts are tax-deductible according to Peace vs. IRS, 43 TC 1, Acq. CB1965-2, 6.

What happens to my gift if my missionary’s status changes or my project is fully funded?

All gifts to approved SIM projects and missionaries are used as requested by the donor, with the understanding that when the need has been met or the missionary’s status changes, the gift will then be applied where needed most at the discretion of SIM USA, preferably to a similar project or missionary. In keeping with IRS guidelines, SIM USA has complete control and administration over the use of tax-deductible donations received for ministries within SIM.

Does SIM USA accept Bitcoin donations?

SIM now accepts bitcoin donations through BitPay.

Click here to get started:
https://bitpay.com/89779/donate

Once we receive your Bitcoin donation, we will send an acknowledgment for your tax records.

Contributions are deductible as allowable under IRS regulations. Bitcoins are considered gifts-in-kind.

SIM USA will not report value, which is standard practice for gifts-in-kind. Please consult your tax advisor for deductibility and record keeping.

If you have questions, please email Kelly Bivins, Stewardship Financial Director, at kelly.bivins@sim.org.

ELECTRONIC CHECKS

Are electronic contributions risky?

No. An electronic contribution is safer than writing a check, and it can’t be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail. All electronic check transactions are governed by strict national rules and guidelines. Over 4 billion of these transactions are processed annually in the United States.

Are there any bank service fees if I give by electronic check?

No. There are no bank service fees to you or to SIM USA when you give by electronic check.

How can funds be withdrawn directly from my account?

You can transmit one-time gifts through our website at here.  You can also choose to set up recurring gifts on our site to be transferred as recurring quarterly gifts or as monthly gifts by selecting the 10th, 15th or 25th of each month. You will just need your bank’s routing and account numbers to set up your automatic withdrawal.

No monies can ever be automatically deducted from your account unless you specifically authorize a withdrawal.

If I don't write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight?

Your contribution is made on a pre-established day, so you can deduct it from your check record then.

What if I change my bank or account number?

If you have set up a recurring gift you will need to contact us right away if you change banks or your bank account number. Click here to contact us now, or call us at 1-800-521-6449.

When would this automatic contribution be taken from my account?

For one-time gifts, your account would be charged within a week of making the donation. For monthly recurring gifts, you can specify your gift to be made on the 10th, 15th, or 25th of each month. You will see the transaction charged to your account within a few business days after the date you choose.

CREDIT CARDS

When would this automatic contribution be charged to my credit card?

For one-time gifts, your account would be charged immediately. For monthly recurring gifts, you can specify your gift to be made on the 10th, 15th, or 25th of each month. You will see the transaction charged to your account immediately on the date you choose.

What if I change credit card accounts?

If you have set up a recurring gift you will need to contact us right away if you change credit card accounts. Click here to contact us now, or give us a call at 1-800-521-6449.

Are there any service fees if I give by credit card?

Yes. SIM is charged 2.85% by credit card companies for gifts transmitted through credit card. Please note, as you make changes to your giving information, you will have the opportunity to give an extra gift to cover this fee if you feel so led. Or, you can give by electronic check to help us avoid these fees.

BITCOIN DONATIONS

SIM now accepts bitcoin donations through BitPay

Once we receive your Bitcoin donation, we will send an acknowledgment for your tax records.

Contributions are deductible as allowable under IRS regulations. Bitcoins are considered gifts-in-kind.

SIM USA will not report value, which is standard practice for gifts-in-kind. Please consult your tax advisor for deductibility and record keeping.

If you have questions, please email Kelly Bivins, Stewardship Financial Director, at kelly.bivins@sim.org