|This web site is NOT owned or operated by the Church of Jesus
Latter-day Saints. This is being developed to be offered to the
Church as interim solution.
This is a demonstration / specimen / sample / proof-of-concept web site. At this stage there is no connection to any bank institution. No real funds are accessed or transfered. This is a demonstration only.
|Go ahead and check out the
system as it currently exits. (I count
this as a 'rough draft' stage of development)
I've set up a dummy account 000-0000-0001
with the name Joseph Smith
and password of 'emma1'.
Or you can create a new account for you to play with.
|The Church has allowed some
people to sign up for on-line
donations. I've heard that a system was in the works, but that
there were technical difficulties that have lead to the Church falling
back to manual processing of those on-line donations.
The setup that is currently established allows US members (who have signed up and received the 'OK') to make donations by processing bill-pay transactions through their bank to any of several accounts. If you want to pay tithing. There is one account for that. If you want to contribute to the Book of Mormon fund there is a seperate account for that. And yet another for Temple Construction. And yet another for Perpetual Education Fund. So if you want to donate to several categories you have to make several separate bill-pay transactions. I find that un-appealing.
The way this web site would work is a single bill-pay destination for all categories. But then there needs to be a way to specify how much to tithing, how much to missionary fund, how much to humanitarian aid, ...
That is the stage covered by this web site.
The process the Church currently has in limited service, with seperate transactions per category, uses your member number as your account number. So that is what I have implemented.
The member would have 2 seperate actions to make this work.
Say you want to make a donation. You log in to the web site and fill out an on-line tithing slip. That gets stored under your account number and flagged with the date you submit it. You note the total for the contribution and go to your on-line bill pay system and initiate a payment to the general conribution account for that amount. Of course you would have to flag your bill-pay transaction with you account number (member number) so it can be recognized as coming from you.
When your payment reaches the Church the account number specified on the bill pay transaction would be used to look up your account and find the distribution information you had stored by filling out the on-line tithing slip. When the payment is matched with the on-line tithing slip the tithing slip is counted as fulfilled and would no longer appear as a tithing slip - only as a payment.
If a payment comes in for an amount that doesn't match with a stored on-line tithing slip the system would send you an e-mail notification inviting you to log in and provide a 'tithing slip' after the fact.
If a tithing slip sits in the system for a long while without a matching payment coming in that too would be cause to send out an e-mail to the member so they could know that something didn't work right - perhaps they forgot to send the payment or perhaps there was a typographical error in adding the member number as account number to the bill-pay transaction.
For people with a steady and consistent paycheck, who always use the same amount on their donations, the system would not need a new tithing slip for every donation. If a donation comes in without a tithing slip being on file the system would check for prior donations in the same amount and use the same distribution as used on prior donations.
Go ahead and check out the system as it currently exits. (I count this as a 'rough draft' stage of development) This link takes you to a log in screen. I've set up a dummy account 000-0000-0001 with the name Joseph Smith and password of 'emma1'. Or you can create a new account for you to play with.
You can submit comments, critiques and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org