Wildflower Church is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization and is governed by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This status brings with it certain restrictions on fund-raising, as well as on the political and legislative (lobbying) activities we can conduct.
The Finance Team
Chair: Jan Austin
Contact the chair at email@example.com.
The mission of the Finance Team is to help assure a financially sound church that is well-prepared to achieve its mission. Members of the team monitor the financial condition of the church and provide reports to the Minister, other team leaders, the Board, and the congregation.
Each year, the team, working in concert with all these parties, develops a draft budget for the following year and submits it to the Board for their consideration. After some adjustments, the congregation votes on the budget at the December Congregational Meeting. View the current year’s budget.
Once a year is complete, members of the Finance Team oversee an internal audit of all of that year’s financial records. The purpose of this audit is to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed in conducting the financial affairs of the church. View last year’s audit report.
Resources for Members
Contact Our Administrative Assistant
Your first point of contact in many financial matters is our Administrative Assistant. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-428-9464, or visit in person, between 9:30 and 3:30 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Send postal mail to PO Box 40395, Austin, TX 78704
Your first contact is our Administrative Assistant. If they can’t answer your question, they’ll refer it to the Finance Chair and/or the Treasurer. They may consult with our accountant before getting back to you. Unless advised otherwise or contacted by someone else, follow up with our Administrative Assistant.
If an event sponsored by your team brings in donations, please count the money, seal it in an envelope, and write the following on the envelope: your name, the event, and the amount received. Leave the envelope in the office, in the Administrative Assistant’s folder in the mail trays. Do not leave the money in Community Room. If no one present has keys to the office, take the envelope and bring it on Sunday or during the Administrative Assistant’s office hours.
The Administrative Assistant prints checks on Fridays, and the Treasurer signs them Sunday mornings. Except in emergencies or very unusual circumstances, requests for payment must be received by in-person drop-off Wednesday and email or postal mail Thursday to ensure that checks are available the following week.
Sales Tax Exemption
Complete a Sales Tax Exemption Certificate when making purchases for the church. Present it to your vendor so the church isn’t charged sales tax.
Payment and Reimbursement
Complete a Payment or Reimbursement Form to request payment for an approved purchase to a vendor or a member who has already paid. The team chair whose budget the purchase falls under must approve the request by signing the form. Submit the request to the Administrative Assistant.