The single most asked question I get at church conferences that I have had no answer for has been
How can we accept offering from smartphones simply?
It’s a good question when people like me are carrying less cash or checks, but still want to be able to give during the service through their smartphones and on the web.
In fact roughly 8 in 10 people carry less than $50 cash in their wallets, 50% carry less than $20 and 9% don’t carry cash at all. (source)
Before now, my answer has been for the church to use Paypal and set up a special giving page on their website. The downside to Paypal, however, is that it can be difficult for the user to navigate and for the administrator to track. That is the key for mobile giving, it must be
quick and simple
Then I came across an article in Bloomberg and read about
After looking into the service further and meeting the owner, here are some of its benefits:
- No monthly fee.
- Competitive credit card processing fees. (2.9% + .30 for most and 3.5% +.30 for Amex)
- The ability to connect bank accounts for lower fees. (Largest 13 banks supported)
- The ability to set up separate funds (i.e., pledge, capital campaign).
- Easy recurring giving.
- Great customer service.
- Free app for Apple and Android users.
- Good user interface for church administrators.
- Optional text giving for $19 a month.
If you are interested, it only takes about five minutes to sign up:
- Go to their sign up page,
- Set up your admin account
- Add your banking information.
Want a lot more info go to their website, It is a really nice one of course. They know what they are doing.
Feel free to call or email me with questions.
(Also, if your diocese or large judicatory group like a province wants to offer this to their churches I can negotiate some special discounts for your group as well as get them a even simpler landing page set up.)
(Full disclosure: I get a small commission when a church or ministry uses tithely for a while. It does not cost a church any more or less to sign up through one of my links. That being said I think it’s the best way out there for doing this so would be recommending them anyway. I feel the same way about recommending formstack.com for online forms and zoom.us for videoconferencing.)