3 Online Giving Solutions for Churches

As churches move online and fewer people are writing checks, it has become essential churches provide an online giving option.  When was the last time you wrote a check for something? Chances are, the same is true for most of the people sitting in your congregation. Most of us are more likely to carry a credit or debit card than a checkbook. 

By using an online giving platform, churches provide donors the flexibility to make one-time or recurring donations through secure transactions with a debit or credit card, or via automatic bank withdrawals. Donors have the option of occasional giving occasionally or scheduled giving so they don’t forget. 

For small to mid-size churches, finding the right solution can be a huge challenge. There are so many options available, but which one is best for you? Here are some of the highlights from three different giving options:

tithe.ly

  • Recurring giving
  • Option for the donor to cover part of the processing fee
  • Mobile giving with an app
  • Giving form embedded in your website
  • Kiosk giving with a tablet or laptop
  • Accept debit/credit or ACH payments
  • Text to Give ($19/month)
  • No setup fee
  • No monthly subscription
  • 2.9% + $0.30/transaction

SecureGive

  • Recurring giving
  • Mobile giving with an app
  • Kiosk giving
  • Accept debit/credit or ACH payments
  • Text to Give (Tier 2)
  • Integrates with FellowshipOne
  • No setup fee
  • Tiered subscriptions depending on church size (starts at $0/month to $49/month with $10 security fee)
  • 2.0-2.5% + $0.30/transaction

Easy Tithe

  • Recurring giving
  • Option for the donor to cover part of the processing fee
  • Mobile giving through MinistryOne
  • Kiosk giving
  • Online giving forms
  • Accept debit/credit or ACH payments
  • Text to Give ($5/month)
  • Integrates with MinistryOne
  • No setup fee
  • Tiered subscriptions (starting at $99/month to $199/month)

Each of these online giving options provides their own advantages for diverse church needs. As your church evaluates your donor base, as well as your administrative needs, the solution will become clearer. If you do not provide an online giving option, now is the time to start!

Churches are often put off by the processing fees associated with online giving, however, according to the Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report, online giving in 2019 grew by 6.8%, which more than covers any processing fees. If churches are going to continue to grow, it is imperative that we connect with our congregation digitally, both socially and financially.