There’s a pretty good chance your ministry accepts digital gifts in some way, shape, or form. A donation page on your website, a mobile app, text giving, and giving kiosks all benefit the overall mission of the church. But, what worked for your church a few years ago may not be the best solution for you today. Online giving providers vary greatly and it just might be time to switch.
With the speed that technology advances, it’s vital to reevaluate your online giving solution from time to time. This ensures your current provider is meeting your needs right now and moving forward.
If you’re considering a new digital giving platform, here are the top five reasons churches switch:
#1 – Better Features for Churches and Faith-Based Organizations
Some online giving products have an overwhelming number of features, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better. For the best possible experience, it’s crucial that these features make sense for ministry. If your current giving platform doesn’t provide the following, it may be time to switch:
- Seamless (and automatic) ChMS integrations
- Accepts credit, debit, and ACH (eChecks)
- Customizable forms for event registration and more
- Unlimited designations
- Multiple ways to give: text, mobile, online, Facebook, and giving kiosks
- Easy-to-manage recurring giving options
- Powerful reporting to organize and manage giving data
#2 – A Truly Affordable Solution With Upfront Pricing
When it comes to giving platforms, pricing is a challenge because what looks like an affordable rate may not be once fees are added. Consider the total for processing fees and monthly fees to get a better idea of bottom line cost.
Know that ACH payments have lower fees, so be sure you switch to a platform that accepts eChecks and facilitates bank giving. Look for flexible pricing plans and options for tiered rates. When tiered rates apply, you get lower processing fees the more people give.
Another way to help with fee costs that is unique to our solution, easyTithe, is to implement the feature that lets donors choose the option of covering processing fees by adding them to their gift.
#3 – An Admin Experience That Saves Time and Energy
Even if your current giving platform has low processing fees, if it doesn’t save your church admins time and energy in their days, it’s costing you more than you realize.
Have a conversation with your financial staff to discuss your giving platform. Talk about whether the control panel is easy to navigate, reporting is simple and clear to read, and integrations work the way they should.
#4 – A Giving Experience Your Church Loves
First-time donors, recurring givers, and everyone in between loves an easy giving experience. When gifts are effortless to make and easy to manage from a smartphone, tablet, or computer, people notice, and they’re encouraged to give more (and more often).
People also appreciate a secure giving experience, so focus on switching to a Level 1 Certified PCI Compliant Service Provider–the industry standard in security for online banking. Create familiarity with branded donation pages and customizable features. Remember, people want to give to your church, not be sent to a third-party unbranded website.
#5 – Support and Resources That Go Above and Beyond
Support doesn’t stop at sign up. When you switch to easyTithe, we consider you a partner and we’re dedicated to helping you further your mission. Our team is quick to answer questions, address concerns, and help your church utilize all our powerful features designed to inspire giving. We also have Church Success Coaches available to help you make the most of our platform.
We provide everything you need to successfully switch to easyTithe from 1:1 support to customizable transitioning materials. If you’re ready, sign up here today using the code SWITCH to get three months free during the transition.