Church leaders often ask how long they must keep offering envelopes. If your church uses offering envelopes, then one option is to issue donors a periodic (i.e., quarterly, semiannual, or annual) summary of contributions and include in this summary a statement similar to the following: "Any documentation, including offering envelopes, that the church relied upon in preparing this summary will be disposed of within six months. Therefore, please review this summary carefully and inform the church treasurer of any apparent discrepancies within six months of the date of this summary." Of course, you can change the six-month period to any other length of time you desire. This statement will relieve the church of the responsibility of warehousing offering envelopes and other supporting documentation for long periods of time.