Excel In Giving

A Program Designed to Benefit Michigan Congregations, Schools and Other Entities**

More Efficient Record Keeping
Detailed Monthly Reports
Lower Administrative Costs

These are just some of the benefits your congregation, school, or organization can expect when you implement Excel in Giving–a free electronic funds transfer service that enables your members and others to make automatic contributions, tithes, tuition payments, and donations regularly. With Excel in Giving, it becomes easier than ever before for individuals to honor their stewardship commitments and further God’s work in the world. The enrollment process is simple. And the advantages to both the giver and the recipient are substantial.

Available for Congregations at No Cost from CEF

This service is offered free of charge by the Church Extension Fund as part of its mission to provide vital resources for congregations and other entities of the Michigan District. All transactions will be administered by Vanco Services LLC, a leading electronic financial services supplier and any fees will be absorbed by CEF. 

To learn more about starting the Excel in Giving service in your congregation or Michigan District organization, contact CEF at 800-242-3944.
To open an Excel in Giving account for your organization call "Jan Jasmin" of  VANCO SERVICES at

Click HERE to request the Excel in Giving Program Explanation Brochure

** For Individual Membership –Individuals should contact their church or school office to see if this service is available.

** Click here to download the Individual Excel in Giving Authorization Form

CEF Endowment Fund

When Church Extension Fund established its Endowment Fund it was done in response to the growing number of mission-minded investors and others who wished to demonstrate a greater role in perpetuating the ministry of Church Extension through gifts and bequests.



What are the major advantages of Excel in Giving by direct debit?

Direct debit is all about convenience for you and consistency for the church. Electronic giving eliminates frequent check writing and helps members stay on track with pledges even when they are unable to attend services. The church in turn benefits from much-needed donation consistency and a reduction in the volume of check and cash contributions which must be handled and manually processed in the church office.

How does direct debit giving work?

Contributions are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to the church's bank account.

How are my automatic contributions deducted and transferred?

First, you sign and return an authorization form to the church indicating the amount you wish to contribute on a regular basis. Contributions are then transferred through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network—the same network already used by families to make mortgage and utility payments, or to receive payroll earnings and Social Security income. Direct debit goes by other names including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), automatic payment, or simply, ACH.

When will my contribution be debited from my account?

A debit to your account will occur each month on the date you specify on your authorization form.

How will I keep track of contributions in my check register?

Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions will appear on your bank statement.

What can I use to prove I made a contribution?

Your bank statement will show an itemized list of electronic transactions that can be used as proof of your contributions.

Is giving by direct debit risky?

It is certainly less risky than writing checks or carrying cash to church. To process Excel in Giving donations, the Church Extension Fund uses Vanco Services, LLC—an established and highly-regarded company that moves funds directly from church members to the church on the same day without any delay. Vanco processes contributions for more than 10,000 church and non-profit organizations.

How much does direct debit giving cost?

It costs you and the church nothing. Church Extension Fund covers all the costs. It is the lowest cost method of transferring funds.

What if I try Excel in Giving by direct debit and don't like it?

ou can cancel your authorization at any time by notifying the church office.

How can I sign up for Excel in Giving?

Complete, sign, and return an authorization form to the church office. It's that simple!