If you went to the store and you picked up a movie and you went to the cash register and you gave the cashier $15 would you consider this a gift to the store? If you went to the movies and you were given two tickets and then you gave them $16 would you understand what you had just done as donating to the movie theater?
The examples I just gave illustrate that when money is given in trade for goods or services it (by most normal people) wouldn’t be considered a gift or donation.
According to some reading I have done 85 cents of every dollar donated or given to the local church body goes back into that local church body. That money is used to pay pastors, maintain buildings, build new programs, whatever it is, it stays right there. So my question is: am I really giving to God, or am I trading money (paying) for services?