Financial contributions to Mount Vernon Unitarian Church can be made in a number of ways:

Direct Contributions

  • Pay Online. This is a convenient way to make either a one-time or recurring contribution.  See Making Payments Online or go directly to our online form.  The form can also be reached via the Realm Connect application on a smartphone or tablet.
    • Payments can be made using a credit card or bank account. Overall, a bank account is preferred because MVUC is charged a fee of 3% on credit card transactions.
  • Text-to-Give. The text messaging feature on a phone can also be used to make a contribution.
  • Check. Checks can be mailed to the church office, dropped in the mail slot in the church office door, or dropped in the collection plate.
    • Please indicate the purpose of the contribution on the memo line, e.g., “share the plate”, “stewardship”, “partner church”, “in memory of _____”, etc. An undesignated check in the collection plate will be treated as a Share the Plate contribution.
  • Cash in the collection plate.  If your contribution is intended for a specific purpose or if you want it to be recorded as coming from you, enclose it in an envelope and mark it for this purpose.  Otherwise, it will be treated as a Share the Plate contribution.
  • Recurring payment request. You can ask the Church Office Administrator to establish a one-time or recurring automatic payment on your behalf by emailing  You will be asked to provide your bank account number and bank routing number.

Alternative Ways to Give

  • Shares of Stock. Stock donations can be handled in two ways.
    1. You can ask your broker to transfer stock to MVUC’s broker (to be sold by MVUC).
      • The transfer should go to the Mt Vernon Unitarian Church account at Charles Schwab (account number 9564-4240).
      • When making a stock transfer, please fill out a stock transfer form indicating the name of your broker, name of the stock being transferred, number of shares, and the purpose of the contribution (“stewardship”, “endowment”, “capital campaign”, etc.).  You can also find a paper form for this purpose in the Commons or upon request from the church administrator.
      • We need this information from you because Charles Schwab does NOT notify us that a stock transfer has occurred and the data available to us from Charles Schwab sometimes do not indicate from whom the transfer was received. Stock is sold shortly after transfer to MVUC, and Charles Schwab sends a check to MVUC.
    2. If requested, some brokers will sell the stock for you and then send a check to MVUC.  Please use this form to alert the church office to expect this check and provide the approximate amount and purpose of the contribution.
  • Transfer from IRA, bank, or other third party.  You may wish to consider transferring a portion of your IRA to MVUC as a charitable contribution.
    • If you are over 70 ½, the donation is considered part of your required minimum distribution. Contact your IRA manager or other third party to arrange for a check to be sent directly to MVUC.
    • Please use this form to alert the church office to expect this check and provide the approximate amount and purpose of the contribution.