Payments and Contributions to the ECA
To make payments by Credit/Debit card for items listed below, click on one of the following:
Note, there is an additional $3 charge for credit card payments to cover processing fees assessed per transaction by the banking institutions. Dues and/or contributions are to be paid in U.S. funds.
If you have difficulty processing a payment electronically, call the ECA office for staff assistance at (815) 937-0720, Monday - Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM Central Standard Time.
All dollar amounts referenced are in US funds. Your Annual Membership Dues (for the amount of $250) are due in any given year beginning January 1 and to be in the possession of the ECA before April 2. Failure to submit your annual dues by this deadline will result in accrued late fees listed below. You will then be considered a member not-in-good-standing with the ECA, and will not receive future credentials until all dues and late fees are paid. A graduated late fee for the late submission will be assessed as follows:
- $0 if received January 1 to April 1.
- $20 if received April 2 to June 30.
- $40 if received July 1 to September 30.
- $60 if received October 1 to December 31.
You can pay your Annual Membership Dues by either postal mail or credit/debit card. Click here and then scroll down to select Individual Membership Dues for that given year for online payment.
Estate Planning and the ECA
As a 501 (c) (3) charitable, nonprofit organization, the Evangelical Church Alliance depends on donations for supplemental funding. Each year, thousands of individuals designate a portion of their assets by bequest to benefit charities. Bequests have become an important part of the American philanthropic tradition because they enable individuals to make significant gifts that they may not have been able to make during their life.
Bequests can include specific assets, such as stock, and can state a specified dollar amount. A residual bequest designates all or a portion of whatever remains after all debts, taxes, expenses, and all other bequests has been paid. A contingent bequest takes effect only if the primary intention cannot be met. For example, you might wish to leave a bequest to a certain individual; but, if that person does not survive you, then the bequest would go to the ECA. This ensures that property will pass to the ECA rather than unintended beneficiaries, including the government.
While most people own some form of life insurance because of its unique ability to meet a variety of needs for financial protection, its role in planned charitable giving is frequently overlooked. Life insurance itself can be the direct funding medium of a gift to the ECA, permitting the donor to make a substantial gift for a relatively modest annual outlay. If you would like to leave a bequest to the ECA or name the ECA as a beneficiary of your life insurance, talk with your estate planner or attorney. This might be an avenue that would allow you to make a substantial investment in God's work long after you've received your eternal reward.