How Do I Donate to First United?

Many Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the programs and ministries of First United Church. Please take a moment to read about gift options and click on the appropriate links to find forms and instructions for each.

One Time Gifts

To make a one time gift, please write a cheque made out to First United Church. We are working on setting up credit card payments over the internet. Watch this page for news of when that will happen. In the meantime, you may place your cheque in an envelope, drop it off at the church office, place it in the offering plate, or mail it to

First United Church, Box 940, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P1

If you already have offering envelopes or you are on PAR (Pre-authorized Remittance) be sure to put your envelope or PAR number on your cheque to be sure you get your tax receipt at the end of the year. A tax receipt is normally mailed to you at the end of the year, but you may request an immediate one if you like.

Monthly Giving
PAR: Preauthorized Remittance

Monthly giving is a great way to express your commitment to the ongoing ministries of your church. Your gift keeps coming even when you are away. It is income First United can count on to plan the programs that change lives, enrich our community, develop leaders and offer spiritual nurture. You can change the amount or cancel at any time. When you are “on PAR” your offering is automatically deducted on the 20th of each month. A receipt is issued at the end of the year.

Click here for a PAR Brochure, Authorization that explains how it works. Or download the PAR Authorization Form to get started.

Bring or mail the completed form and void cheque to the church office to finish the process. If you’re already on PAR and want to change the amount or distribution of your monthly gift, please contact Joanne in the office for information on how to make the change.

Prepay Your Summer Offerings

People often go away during the summer months. The reduced offerings strain our cash flow during that time, forcing us to borrow over the summer. It is a great help to prepay your offerings for the summer before you go away.

A Gift of Stocks or Securities

Changes to federal tax regulations have eliminated capital gains tax on charitable gifts of publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual funds. If you would like to do this let us know and we’ll help you set it up.

A gift for the Future

Consider making a legacy gift for the future by including First United in your will or by donating a life insurance policy or gift annuity. Again, let us know and we’ll help you set this up.

Memorial or Commemorative Gifts

These may be made to remember and honour a family member, friend, business or organization.


A note about designated gifts

You have the right to designate any gift you make to the church for a particular purpose. In order to avoid future problems it is wise not to be too restrictive. For example, a person might put a clause in his or her will that the gift be used to buy a grand piano for the sanctuary. By the time the person has died, the church has already purchased a grand piano. It can happen that the church is therefore unable to receive the intended gift because the donor is no longer alive to agree to the change of designation. Similarly, it is a good idea to check that the intended gift is something that the church needs and is consistent with its mission and values. One way around this dilemma is to make the designation as a suggestion rather than a requirement, or to describe the purpose in broader terms (such as, “to enhance the music ministry of the congregation”).