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Donation Letter: How to Write the Perfect Donation Letter | NewFire Giving

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No matter what your organization’s goals may be, finding ways to secure funding is imperative to the success of your campaign. One of the most effective methods of securing funds is by writing a donation letter to potential donors. Nevertheless, when performing a Google search, finding the best methods of formulating a great donation letter can be a bit tricky.

What is a Donation Letter?

A donation letter is a typed or hand-written letter sent to potential donors in order to raise funds for your organization or cause. These letters typically appeal to the emotions of potential donors by explaining how achieving the goals of your organization can help the world as well as why receiving financial donations is imperative to reaching those goals. Although you can write and send donation letters all-year round, experts assert that donation letters are most effective when you send them towards the end of the year, as many individuals and organizations are determining their pre-tax season finances. Either way, a good donation letter is short and concise, while also including specifics regarding the importance of the mission as well as the requested donation.

Types of Donation Letters

There are various types of donation letters. The type of donation letter you write should depend on the type of donor you are contacting. The types of donation letters are as follows:

Church Building Fund Requests– This type of donation letter is specifically for churches who are seeking donations from existing members and supporters. The purpose of these letters is to remind the donor of the benefits the church has and will continue to provide as well as how important it is to secure funding to continue to offer these services in the future.

  • Charity Auction Item Requests– Rather than simply requesting funds, charity auction item request letters are to help convince potential owners to donate items to charity auctions.
  • Fundraising Event Donations– This purpose of type of donation letter is to request either donations to help organize a charity event or that the person attends the event to donate or sends a donation to contribute to the event.
  • Sponsorship Request Letters– Sponsorship requests are made for the purpose of securing funding for events and other initiatives. In this case, the organization typically offers the potential donors something in exchange for their sponsorship. For instance, many organizations offer to give the sponsors things such as VIP access, free advertising at the event as well as on event-related materials, or even having the event named after them, so the community is aware of which individual or entities sponsored the event.
  • Mission Trip Funding Requests– This is similar to a sponsorship letter. However, mission trip funding requests are created to fund particular missions and excursions, rather than events.
  • Missionary Support– This type of donation letter requests support for particular missionaries who are actively working towards a goal that stands to help a particular community as well as the world at large.

Individual Vs. Corporate Appeals

In addition to knowing your purpose, before you write a donation letter, you must also consider who you will be writing to. Drafting a letter for an individual requires a different technique then when drafting a letter for a corporation or group of people:

  • Individual Appeals– Individual appeals are for individual donors and typically request small one-time or recurring monetary donations. These appeals typically appeal to the sentimentality of the individual by telling them more about the cause and how even small donations can make a major difference.
  • Corporate Appeals– These appeals are for businesses of all sizes. Unlike individual donation appeals, these appeals are typically written to request things such as sponsorship, in-kind donations (such as meals, raffle prizes, employee volunteers, or even the use of a venue for a charity event), to collect employee gift-matches, and more. These types of appeals typically focus on how the donor company stands to benefit. For instance, by providing T-shirts for the volunteers for the event, a company can receive a high level of promotion by including their name and logo on every shirt.

How to Write an Effective Donation Letter

Without proper guidance, writing a donation letter can be tricky. Given the fact that donation letters help to secure funding, finding the perfect way to word them can literally make or break the proposal. If you need help formulating your donation letter, be sure to include the following:

  • Header– Your header should include the name of your non-profit as well as your logo, if applicable.
  • Non-Profit Contact Info– Make sure you include the physical address of your organization, the company’s email address, phone number, and any social media pages.
  • Date– Decide on what date your plan to mail or email your donation letter(s).
  • Donor Salutation– The first impression can be a lasting one. Your greeting sets the tone for your entire donation letter. Decide whether you want to be more formal or personable. You can either stick to the tone of your organization or personalize these greetings based on the brand/ style of the donors.
  • Acknowledgment of Relationship to Donor/ Organization– To add a personalized touch, take the time to remind the donor of the nature of the relationship and/or how their past donations have helped your organization. For instance, when writing to an individual, you could include something along the lines of, “last year, with the help of you and an array of other awesome donors, we were able to achieve…”. On the other hand, when writing to businesses, you may write something along the lines of, “your company has become a recognized staple at our fundraisers and with your help, we will continue to achieve our organizational goals”.
  • The Story of Your Non-Profit– As a general rule, you will want to steer clear of salesy language as it can often be off-putting in this context. However, the section involving the story of your non-profit is your one chance to sell your company. This is the area to help you connect to the donors on an emotional level. In a donation letter, your story should include: the need (explain why the donations are needed), the solution (give a vivid description of what the success of your campaign will entail), and the hero (to help your donors realize how important they are to you, be sure to make your donors the hero in the story every time!).
  • Call-to-Action– Creating a call to action is one of the most important elements of your donation letter as this is the section in which you literally ask for the sale. One of the more effective ways of doing this is by including a call-to-action with time restraints. For instance, in the case of individual donors, you may want to include some special item or benefit for the first respondents (i.e. the first 50 donors will receive V.I.P. access to all events in June). On the other hand, when dealing with corporate donors, you may include something along the lines of, “first 5 companies to donate will have their company names on all merchandise distributed at the event”. In doing so, you have not only given your potential donors a number of reasons why they should donate but you have also added one that will encourage them to do so quickly.

More Tips for Creating a Great Donation Letter

After learning the specifics of what a great donation letter entails, here are a few tips and tricks to help you make your donation letter as effective as possible:

  • Keep it Short– Despite the fact that you need to include the aforementioned sections, you should still make your donation as short as possible. In this age, you should assume that most people are too busy to read a massive document just to learn about and support your organization. Keep it as succinct as possible to avoid losing your audience.
  • Don’t Forget the Self-Addressed Envelope– Self-Addressed envelopes add an extra special touch when you are attempting to raise funds. Including this envelope will be yet another way to encourage them to write a check and mail it back ASAP.
  • Include a Legitimate Hand-Written Signature (If Possible)– While printing your signature is fine, you really should try to include a legitimately hand-written signature to make it seem much more personal. Especially when dealing with donors from the past and/or donors who have the capacity to donate large amounts of funds to your cause, you will want to take the time to hand write your signature. This will help them to feel like you have reached out to them personally, rather than inserting their name into a template letter that you have sent to all potential donors.
  • Don’t Forget the P.S.- Including a P.S. is a great way to reiterate your call-to-action. Experts assert that most people read the P.S. second, after reading the salutation.

Creating a donation letter does not have to be a nightmare. For more help creating the perfect campaign for your charity, contact the experts at NewFire today. No matter if your organization needs coaching, resources, or anything in between, NewFire Giving is a great company to help you set your charity campaign trail ablaze.

 

Church Marketing

Church Marketing: 10 Tips to Create an Effective Church Marketing Plan | NewFire Giving

By | Make HOW they give easy

Is attendance at your church down? You’re not alone. The most recent statistics show a 4-point drop in near-weekly attendance — from 42% to 38% between 2008 and 2017. But that doesn’t mean a smaller congregation is inevitable. Instead, look at why people choose to attend church and the reasons they skip services. Ask what your church can do to meet their needs and overcome their objections. Base your church marketing plan on this information. And apply the following proven strategies to reach the people who are receptive to finding a place of worship to call their own.

1.     Develop Your Brand

Branding has evolved. It’s no longer just logos, graphics, jingles, and catch-phrases. Though it may incorporate all or some of those features. Your brand tells people who you are and creates a unique identity. This sets you apart from other churches. It also conveys your ideas, what you stand for, and how you interact with the world around you.

Turn to your church leaders to help determine your brand identity. Discuss the values your church represents and the audience you hope to reach and engage. Seek survey feedback from congregants to learn what they perceive to be your brand.

Once you’ve created a brand for your church, express it. Design a logo, use pictures, tell a story, and live it out every day. Add a slogan if it fits naturally with your brand.

Sample Brand: Your branding involves community outreach. So, your slogan is “Raising up our community through good deeds and God’s word.” A graphic of several people arm-in-arm in front of a townscape is your new logo. You display many photos of your community outreach projects on your website and in your marketing materials to reinforce brand meaning.

Authenticity is essential in your branding. Be sure it truly reflects what’s important to your church, your congregation, and your community.

2.     Establish a Branding Presence

Spread your branding online and offline. Make it a part of your website. Place your logo prominently at the head of all your webpages. Add your slogan, too, if you have one. Explain your values and tell your branding story on your “About Us” page. Over time, you can add photos and videos that show how your church is fulfilling your branding efforts and goals.

Display your branding at your church through signage and banners. Branded outdoor canopies or awnings are smart marketing tools. They’re elegant and understated but are present year-round. When designed well, they give your church added curb appeal and draw the eye. Have them embossed with your logo and/or slogan to help establish brand memorability.

Carry the logo, slogan, and any other branding graphics and colors over to your printed materials, too. This includes:

  • Church signs
  • Service programs
  • Newsletters
  • Business cards
  • Church letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Pledge cards
  • Door hangers
  • Postcards
  • Bible Study guides/questionnaires

Wherever your church is present, so too should be your branding.

3.     Embrace Social Media

  • Social media marketing is a cost-effective approach that can meet multiple objectives:
  • Reinforce your branding efforts
  • Strengthen your church relationship with current congregants
  • Help you reach new parishioners
  • Support SEO strategies

These platforms offer numerous ways to teach, reach out, and interact with a wider audience. Post uplifting messages, Bible verses, and links to your blog, vlog and community events. Even spark discussions on relevant topics. But don’t limit yourself to text. Consider images, video, audio, and live streaming. Many churches live stream their services. This is very helpful for congregants whose poor health prevents them from attending in person. Invite your followers and fans to get to know your church and the people behind it better. Spotlight different individuals each week. Link to bios, photos, and media for a more engaging experience.

Facebook is an excellent platform for these various strategies. Instagram gives people those all-important visuals. And Twitter is a great option for sparking conversation and sharing graphics, quotes, and church updates. You should also buy paid social media ads that target specific demographics. This helps you focus on potential congregants who may be most receptive to your church’s values and messaging.

4.     Don’t Ignore Traditional Marketing Methods

Offline marketing may be old-school, but it still works. Some suggestions follow:

  • Buy ad time from local radio and TV stations.
  • Post ads in local newspapers and community magazines.
  • Invest in promotional items printed with your church name and logo:
  • Screen printed shirts and caps
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils and pens
  • Lanyards
  • Mugs and water bottles
  • Distribute windshield flyers and door hangers.
  • Mail out postcards.
  • Hire billboard space.

Make an effort to identify your target audience before investing in print ads and media ad space. You shouldn’t market to everyone. Religion and spirituality are very personal experiences. People choose churches to attend based on very specific needs and desires. Do your research and tailor your traditional advertising efforts to the people who are most likely to respond to your church’s values, messages, and style.

5.     Reach Out with Email Newsletters

2018 Pew Research survey questioned Americans on what motivated them to either attend church or skip it. The top reason for attendance, at 81%, was to become closer to God. This was following by teaching their children about faith, becoming better people, and finding comfort during difficult times. There are probably many people in your flock who attend your church sporadically. Give them reasons to return to your church more often.

A newsletter can reinforce the lessons, scripture, and sense of communal support church services offer. Include transcripts of your sermons. Add notes to better illustrate your meaning. Highlight Sunday School classes and other kids’ activities that may encourage parents to bring in their children. Include uplifting quotes and messages that remind them of God’s grace in times of strife. In this way, you help them strengthen the purpose they find in church. In turn, it will boost attendance rates and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.

6.     Launch Community Outreach Efforts

Churches often play vital roles in their communities. Having a positive impact in your town represents God’s words and deeds. These actions reinforce the good word and deliver a powerful message to all. They also touch community members you may otherwise not reach. If your church isn’t very involved in your city, consider some of the following suggestions to fix that.

Advocacy for the Less Fortunate

  • Help the homeless.
  • Give clothing and supplies to women’s shelters.
  • Visit with Assisted Living residents.
  • Establish a food bank.

Volunteer Work

  • Organize a neighborhood clean-up event.
  • Donate time in a food kitchen.
  • Help build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Host educational seminars.
  • Support veterans’ issues.
  • Ask members of your congregation to volunteer their professional services to the underprivileged. Examples include tax help, carpentry, plumbing, financial counseling, salon services, and auto work.

Sponsorships/Partnerships

  • Youth sports teams
  • Local Humane Society or Pet Rescue organization
  • Recreation centers
  • Local Book Shops

Fun Stuff

  • Kids’ events
  • Cookouts
  • Free car washes
  • Easter Egg Hunt

Bridge Events

Show secular individuals and non-church members that God’s love is all-inclusive through action rather than scripture. Organize a bridge event demonstrating that your church welcomes and uplifts everyone.

  • School supplies giveaway
  • Block party
  • Parenting classes
  • Holiday events
  • Recycling drive
  • Concert
  • Carnival
  • Wellness program
  • Free community swim day

Hold these events at venues off church grounds and avoid religious themes.

7.     Spotlight Your Events

Hosting church activities and holding community outreach events are great works. They’ll also help with your church marketing efforts. But only if you get the word out. Get your congregation involved. Hold contests or raffles as incentives for bringing friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors to an event. Use those traditional marketing methods to get the word out. Advertise your event in the community paper and on radio stations. Post banners and other signage. Don’t forget to highlight upcoming events in your newsletter and on your website. And be sure to post information and updates on your social media accounts with links to your site.

8.     Apply the Personal Touch

Just getting people in the door is not enough to build a bigger congregation. You must give them a welcoming experience that encourages them to return. You need to engage your visitors and learn what they respond to. Start with a warm, personal greeting. Don’t forget to provide sign-in cards to gather contact information. This will give you the data you need to follow-up with some of your other marketing efforts.

Provide small gifts to new visitors, like the promotional items identified in the Traditional Marketing section. Books and gift cards for area businesses also make nice gifts. Include informational brochures about your church, events, and community outreach efforts. Offer snacks and beverages to encourage fellowship before and after your service.

Follow-up with your new visitors right away with a personalized thank you card. Then email them a few days later. Request feedback on the service and ask them if they have any suggestions to make them feel welcome. A week later, send an Evite to attend another service or upcoming event.

Pro Tips:

  • Use welcome and directional signage to help visitors find your church and locate adequate parking.
  • Don’t overwhelm your visitors by asking for too much information on the sign-in cards – just name, mailing address, phone number, and email.
  • Be sure your follow-up correspondence includes your website address so they can look up more information about your church.

9.     Take Advantage of Local SEO Strategies

In the 2018 Pew Research study, researchers asked what kept some respondents from attending church. Almost a quarter of those respondents said they haven’t found one they like. If people in your community are searching for a church home, will they find yours? Local SEO can increase the possibility that they will.

List your church on all the relevant online directories to help searchers find you. Some essential business listing services include Google, Facebook, Bing, and the Yellow Pages. Claim your Google My Business Listing online. Add pertinent details so searchers know where to find you, how to contact you, and when to visit. Include your branding with your logo and pictures. Once you’re up and running, invite congregants to leave reviews to make the most of this essential marketing tool.

10.     Maximize the Use of Digital Tools

Digital bulletin boards, mobile apps, podcasts, and mobile-optimized websites are examples of some of the digital tools that can support your church marketing efforts. Smartphone use has been growing rapidly. In the U.S., it’s currently at 248.68 million users. And it’s expected to grow to 270.66 million smartphone users by 2022. With those numbers, you need to ensure that your website is optimized for mobile devices. And if you create a church app, you make it easier for more people to interact with your organization and participate in events.

Tithing in the Digital World

Declining church attendance isn’t the only downward trend in the church sphere. Among the people who do attend services regularly, tithing has been decreasing. About 17% of Americans claim they tithe. And only 3% to 5% of congregants who donate to their churches do so through tithing. That’s the same percentage of Americans who admit their tithing amounts have lessened. Your organization relies on these donations to perform all the essential function of a church. With increased charitable receipts, you can reach more people and do more good. This is another area where digital tools can be helpful. Software simplifies the process, enhances convenience, and gives congregants more donation options.

These church marketing tips will help you extend your reach and connect with new church members. With strategies that embrace both online and face-to-face methods, you have a better chance of interacting with different generations. And by establishing your brand, you effectively express the values and mission of your church to your community. Digital tools can support you in these efforts and allow you to focus more on spreading the gospel, helping your community, and maintaining a successful ministry. Our digital donation software is an excellent resource to help you meet these goals. Learn all about NewFire Giving – the giving software that pays for itself.

Engaging Every Type of Giver: Maximizing Success of Your Church

By | Clarify the WHY

Whether you are a pastor or a leader within your church, you know that it can be challenging to raise money while focusing on meaningful missions. Although you'll likely want to focus most of your energy on missions that benefit those in your community and beyond, these meaningful objectives require financial support.

Since each member of your congregation is a unique individual with his or her own habits when it comes to charitable giving, it rarely makes sense to use a one-size-fits-all approach to reach everyone. By understanding what motivates your audience, you can speak to their individual needs for the success of your church.

In some cases, people are sporadic givers, whereas others are consistent impact givers. Regardless of who walks into your church, here's how to engage each type of giver.

Want to Engage Different Types of Givers? Here's How

In order to receive consistent financial support, you must actively communicate with those in your church. Although you most likely see the majority of givers on Sundays, you're no longer limited to this one day in terms of engagement.

In today's digital world, it's imperative that you provide those in your church with multiple options and methods to give. Although there's software that will make this a reality, you also need to be clear in terms of your message. That is why you must first understand who it is you're speaking to based on each type of giver.

As you have likely noticed, there are a number of different givers that support your ministry. These include:

  • Reluctant givers who don't give at all or give rarely
  • Casual, sporadic givers who often give based on an emotional response
  • Regular givers who support the church on a consistent basis
  • Thoughtful, impact givers who go above and beyond in terms of their generosity
    While you'll want to take a specific approach with each giver, regardless of who you're speaking to, ensure that communication remains open and that you are consistent in terms of taking ownership. As a pastor, for instance, you'll want to be open about your church's budget and core objectives so that your members better understand the financial health of your ministry.

When aiming to target those who are reluctant to give or do not give often, it's important that you make these types of givers feel secure. Let them know that their contribution, no matter how small, will be put to good use — and that they matter in terms of the church's overall vision. The key is making people feel comfortable enough that they can ask questions — transparency is key.

Also, studies have shown that asking for a donation but then encouraging payment later can increase giving among reluctant givers.

In terms of those who are key donors, meaning those who contribute on a regular basis, it's important that you nurture these individuals. Of course, you'll want to show your appreciation and gratitude. However, you'll also want to encourage open dialogue. So, let them know how their contributions impact the church in terms of positive progression. Always tie their donation to a sense of purpose, and be open about the outcome, providing key details in terms of their generosity.

So, whether you're discussing the needs of the church with a new giver or an impact giver, know who you're speaking with in terms of their own emotions, motivations, and behaviors. In doing so, you will strengthen bonds all while funding key missions that benefit all.

If you're ready to reach more people, all you need is take 30 minutes of your time. We can help you increase your giving by at least 10 percent. Contact us today to learn more!

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Giving to Receive – The Art of “Paying Back” Those Who Give

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Everyone likes to think they are a generous person, but in fact giving can be very difficult for many people. One of the reasons why people do not give as much as they could is because they find that the process of giving provokes anxiety. Let's take a look at the psychological reasons why people find it difficult to give and explore ways to help givers overcome these barriers.

Lack of Information Leads to Anxiety

You might think that making a charitable donation would lead to people feeling satisfied and happy. However, many donors are left feeling anxious and uncertain after making a donation. This effect happens most often when donors do not have enough information about how the receiving organization plans to use the donation. They might feel like they have been tricked or that they have wasted their money if they have no idea how the money will be used. These feelings are unpleasant and are likely to lead to donors declining to donate again.

Inform Donors to Give Them a Good Feeling

When people know exactly how their money is helping a cause, they are more likely to feel satisfied and happy about their donation. This feeling of satisfaction could prompt the donor to give again in the future. The more information you can give, the better. Provide positive stories about the things that donations have allowed your organization to achieve.

Reward Donors for Giving

Even though we all like to think that we are generous people, it is human nature to want a reward for our good actions. Even a small or token reward can make the process of giving much more satisfying to donors. Rewards can even make the process fun, sparking feelings of wanting to give more in the donor.

Rewards You Can Give to Pay Back Those Who Give

Rewards for those who give do not have to be extravagant or expensive. Something as simple as a picture of the person or people the giver's donations have helped can make a huge difference. Pictures can help donors to connect with the causes they support and help them to feel as though they are part of something much larger than themselves.

Use Technology to Bring Rewards to Those Who Give

In the past, sending out pictures to people who give donations was time-consuming and expensive. Depending on the charity, this kind of reward-giving could eat up a significant chunk of the donations that are received. Thankfully, technology has made the process of engaging with those who give much easier. If you use a donation app or online campaign to raise money for your cause, you can quickly and easily send reward pictures to those who are subscribed to your app, web page, or mailing list.

How to Maximize Donations for Your Cause

To maximize donations for your cause, it is important to go the extra mile to keep those who give engaged and motivated to make a change. Never forget about those who support your organization. Whenever someone takes the time to make a donation, be sure to get in touch with them to let them know what impact their money will have. In this way, you can foster feelings of goodwill in your donors and make them more likely to continue to support your organization in the future.

Your Guide to Church Database Software

Your Guide to Church Database Software

By | Resources

While you may not realize it, finding the right technology to help you run your church can help ensure a congregation and an organization that thrive. There are lots of tech tools that can help a church function more smoothly, and one of the most important for any congregation to consider is church database software. Today, many churches have already adopted software to help manage their information, and studies expect that the adoption rate will grow by 9% by 2021. Church database software has a variety of functions and purposes and, depending on the solution you choose, can help you organize your marketing, fundraising, communication, growth efforts, and much more. Here is a helpful guide to church database software–what it is, how it works, and how it can help your congregation.

What Is Church Database Software?

Church database software helps church leaders organize and store important church information digitally. This software can do things like keep a list of active members and their information; track donors and donation amounts and automate processes such as email and written communication. Some church database software is specific and created for one specific task, like storing the contact information of contact members. Others are comprehensive, and allow you to manage fundraising, communication, and more all in one place.

One arena in which church database software can be extremely important is church fundraising. Church database software allows you to see who made donations and for how much. It allows you to see who can be solicited to give, who may be an untapped resource, and if there is someone whose gift amount may increase. it also automates all of these processes, so communication does not have to happen manually–it can be completed in the click of a button. Also, it can help automate giving, lowering the obstacles and barriers to donating and increasing the chances that people will donate.

Why Use Church Database Software?

You may realize that your church needs to harness today's technological solutions in order to stay relevant and grow. However, you may not completely understand the benefits of church database software for your congregation. After all, you're already thriving by keeping your membership information in a digitized spreadsheet. Why do you need a different software solution? Because there are some concrete benefits of using church database software that go beyond simply getting your tech products up to date. Here are some of the most important.

Get a Better Handle on Who Is in Your Congregation

You may think you know who your membership is. However, have you ever used tech solutions to actually understand the demographics of your congregation? If you use church database software, you can analyze data about the people who attend church. as well as how attendance has changed or grown, where people join from, the ages and professions of the people who belong, and more.

Understand Your Potential Workforce

Churches need volunteers and commitment in order to succeed. When you have software to see who is available to help, who has helped in the past, and what skills people have to share, you can clearly see the pool of people who can help the church and its events thrive and succeed.

Effectively Manage Physical Facilities

A church is a place of worship, but it is also a community center. Many church database software solutions allow you to manage information about your physical church building(s) as well. That way, you can manage the activities and happenings in each part of the building, and you can ensure that all events and activities have a space to be in, and an allotted time.

Church-Specific Software

There are many software solutions out there that allow you to keep track of lists of people or manage teams. One of the best parts of using church database software is that it has been designed specifically for churches. Because the software is church-specific, it offers features that make sense for congregations, as well as church goals, leadership structure, and more. Church-specific software lets you track the right information about members so that you can understand what congregation members bring to the table and need in order to stay happy as a member.

Types of Church Database Software

There are lots of church database software solution options. They vary in purpose, type, power, and more. Here are some of the types you can find for your congregation.

Comprehensive Church Management Software

Some solutions for churches are comprehensive. This means that they allow you to store data, manage facilities, handle communication, and more in one place. These solutions tend to be broad and comprehensive, but sometimes lack capabilities in certain areas, like fundraising or data analysis.

Contact Management Software

You need to be able to get in touch with your membership easily. For that reason, some companies have created software solutions that are simply for managing the contact information of members. These solutions store contact info and let you automate the process of doing mailings or writing emails.

Fundraising-Focused Software

Some of the best church database software is intended to improve fundraising. These software solutions store member data and information, including contact info, ino about their giving, and more. That way, you can keep track of who has given, when, and how much, and then make it easy for these people to give again (and for new donors to give, as well).

Consider the Top Church Database Software Solution for Fundraising: NewFire Giving

If you are ready to adopt a church database software solution for your congregation, consider choosing NewFire Giving. NewFire Giving is a software option specifically created to help improve fundraising efforts.

NewFire Giving allows you to easily and digitally store and keep track of important information about donors and donations. However, it also has a slew of tech features that simultaneously can improve your fundraising efforts. First, it allows for giving via any internet browser, so no member has to be at church in order to donate. It also has features that allow donors to text-to-give, making it easy for them to make donations from the comfort of their own smartphone. Finally, you can use the program on hardware, so that if donors are more comfortable giving at church or a church-related event, you can have devices ready for people to use.

NewFire Giving allows you to keep comprehensive records about donors, so you can understand where and how your church can raise the money it needs to operate and thrive. NewFire Giving also comes with support and educational resources, so you can make sure you are taking full advantage of the power of the platform, and that you are tackling your general fundraising and growth efforts in the best way possible.

To learn more about NewFire Giving and how it might benefit your church, reach out to us today. We can help you see how it can enable you to more effectively manage your financial information and more easily grow your congregation.

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5 Reasons to Accept Donations Via Text Messages

By | Resources

Around the world, technology has opened new doors to connect with your congregation. It may have begun with digital outreach, but now it goes far beyond that. Text-to-give software is a new way that technology is enabling more support and involvement.

And it's doing it in a way that speaks to today's generation of parishioners. With a congregation spanning young and old, text-to-give is a method of giving that will speak to almost every generation of your church.

Of course, many churches are apprehensive when it comes to adopting new technology. If you're wondering whether text-to-give software is worth implementing, here are five statistics that might convince you.

1. Over 97 Percent of Adults Text Every Week

The simplicity and familiarity of text-to-give are definitely its biggest benefits. With most, if not all, of your church members already texting regularly, there's no doubt that they'll be able to catch on fast.

Over 97 percent of adults text at least once a week. That means the adoption of a text-to-give campaign is seamless with no learning curve or barriers. Participating only takes a few clicks. In fact, the easy donation process is one of the best aspects you can market when pushing your campaign to the congregation.

No clunky forms or overwhelming steps. It's extremely straightforward. That's what places text-to-give as one of the biggest methods of donating — especially over long distances and to urgent causes. Churches, in particular, stand to benefit from the implementation of this method thanks to its sheer accessibility. People crave simplicity, and text-to-give provides it.

2. The Average Response Time Is Only 90 Seconds

On average, 90 percent of text messages get opened within three minutes. The average response time once opened is roughly 90 seconds — compared to 90 minutes for email. With 91 percent of Americans owning a smartphone, there is no doubt that texting is highly accessible. Plus, with push notifications, it's highly unlikely that the recipient will miss your text messages. Surveys say that 7 out of 10 churchgoers use text messaging.

All of this makes for extremely high open rates, click-through rates, and conversion rates. Compared to email, a text message is more likely to get opened overall and more likely to get opened quickly. It also makes for straightforward, easy action. Most of all, you can better control when donors receive your messages as push notifications get sent immediately upon receipt. That is unlike email inboxes, which can sit for hours or even days before donors check back in or take any action.

This all links to the high efficiency of text-to-donate campaigns. Plus, using a responsive design can help double giving by making the giving process even faster and more seamless.

3. Nearly Half of All Mobile Pledges Come From Text Links

Mobile pledges make up a large portion of giving. In fact, mobile giving has gone up by 80 percent since 2013. Because of its popularity, by simply making sure your website is mobile-responsive, you could increase donations by 126 percent.

With that in mind, you can drive even more mobile pledges by using direct text messages. After all, about 49 percent of mobile pledges originate from links sent via text. Call centers drive the other 51 percent of mobile pledges. But as times change, the world of giving is certainly starting to shift in favor of text-to-donate instead.

If you do not already enable mobile giving by having a responsive website, you are missing out on a huge opportunity. This is the first step in driving more engagement across all generations of your congregation. There's no question why.

Not only do the majority of Americans change addresses every year, nullifying direct mail efforts, but they also use less cash and fewer checks. It is essential that your congregation has a way to give using cards, with card being the preferred method of payment for over 80 percent of them.

4. Text-to-donate Campaigns Average $107 per Person

Don't get fooled into thinking that a text-to-donate campaign will only drive mediocre results. Implementing a text-to-donate campaign will certainly prove worth it, with donations averaging $107 per person.

So, knowing the numbers, it's surprising that the average nonprofit organization only has 63 mobile subscribers for every 1,000 email subscribers. While texts have a great response rate and high accessibility, organizations just haven't begun to take full advantage of this powerful form of outreach.

It's definitely worth investing in growing your SMS list if you haven't yet. Since 57 percent of people who view a video of a nonprofit end up making a donation, there is no doubt that you can find interesting ways to market your church on social media and other platforms to help encourage text donations.

You can also help create a sense of urgency for campaigns or cultivate a stronger sense of community by using text as a means of updating donors on progress. For instance, if fundraising for something specific, you can send progress reports along the way that point out both how much you have raised so far and how much more you need.

Continue to thank recipients who have given by making them feel included and pointing out how their contribution has fueled the progress. Encourage recipients who haven't yet donated to participate in the campaign. To do so, emphasize why it's important that you meet your funding goal or get their support.

5. You Can Target Your Messaging Using Demographics

With a list of SMS donors to share your campaigns with, you'll find that building up your database is easy. A simple text-to-give donation form can gather extra details for you, including a donor's full name and email address. You can also get other information from your donors, collecting notes about how much they give, how often they give, and how long it's been since they last donated.

In turn, you will get to target your messaging based on these details, which will lead to even better results. Since the majority of your donations will come directly from individuals, you will find that collecting certain demographic information to build up your database is extremely beneficial.

For instance, about 15 percent of donors give once a month or more. However, this seemingly small percentage accounts for over half of the money organizations receive. A branded giving page makes a donor 42 percent more likely to opt into recurring giving. That bumps the average household donation from $1,250 on a non-recurring basis to $1,788 with a recurring donation. That's a small difference to the donor that adds up to $538.

Knowing your donors well can help you find opportunities to convert one-time donors into recurring donors. Plus, it gives you the chance to better connect with donors who are already giving at least once a month.

You can also time donation requests better with personalized information. For instance, many churches send requests during the last three days of every year when 10 percent of all charitable giving takes place. However, you could see better results by timing donation requests based around on how frequently a person donates or whether or not they gave in the past.

This provides you with many of the great benefits seen with email marketing, but wraps it all up in a highly convenient text message that donors will not hesitate to open. One study finds texts have an open rate more than four times greater than email.

Stay Connected

As your church welcomes new generations and their families, it's essential that you find ways to stay connected with every member of your congregation. Text-to-give software is one way to do just that. By giving your members a new way to connect with and support your church's programs, you're making the donation process simpler and more accessible.

We are so sure of the effectiveness of our text-to-give software that we promise to increase your donations by 10 percent or more in the next six months. All we need is a 30-minute consultation to get your organization started.

Interested in learning more? Reach out to NewFire Giving today.

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Online Donations: Technology Doesn't Inspire People to Give

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So many companies these days have lost touch with the communities and causes they're trying to reach. Many of them are selling the idea that technology is the answer to increasing donations to your church. However, we've found that the bells and whistles that come with church apps and websites don't inspire people to invest in your ministry.

While these are essential channels to have, opening them up in itself doesn't encourage giving. Rather, they provide the people you have inspired to give a means by which to do so. Of course, if adding a button on your website or starting a text-to-give campaign won't increase giving, what will?

Do You Need Online Donation Channels?

Gone are the days of passing around an offertory basket and collecting enough to cover your church's everyday operations. While your congregation may still make offerings on Sunday, there's no doubt that this method is growing increasingly less common. But it's not because of people's unwillingness to give.

In 2018, church giving experienced an increase of an incredible 18.1 percent. That means, amongst all forms of charitable giving, churches have seen the largest increase. This speaks to people's continued and growing desire to support their local community churches. So, why aren't your offertory baskets paying the bills any longer?

The reason is simple. Times are changing, and so are the ways people handle money. For 80 percent of Americans, debit and credit cards are the go-to way to pay for everything they want and need. Year over year, cash and checks have seen less and less usage.

One study found that 50 percent of people carry cash with them less than half the time when they go out. When people do carry cash, over three in four say they keep less than $50 on them. Almost half said they keep less than $20. An incredible 46 percent of people say they use cash fewer than eight times a month, while 5 percent never use it at all.

There's no getting around it. While Americans are continuing to spend and give, they're doing it in different ways than before. This is why you need to begin opening up new channels to receive donations in a way that is more convenient for your congregation.

That will open doors for potentially higher donations from those who currently donate in cash. And it will also give way for other members to donate who may not do so regularly due to the inaccessibility of cash and check donations. With that in mind, you shouldn't look to replace the traditional ways of giving.

Online Donations Are Only Supplementary

You shouldn't see online donations as a way to replace the traditional ways of giving. While not everyone may put money in the basket as it's passed from one pew to the next, there are members of your congregation who will happily do so.

It's important to realize that each member of your congregation has a preferred form of giving. Some will prefer the offertory basket, but limiting your entire congregation to this method requires the great majority of them to go well out of their way in order to donate. They'd have to find an ATM or visit the bank, get out cash, and carry it with them each week if they were to regularly participate in giving.

This makes for inconsistent and inconvenient donations that don't tend to please donors. That's why you need to add new channels that expand the ways by which people can donate to your church. In doing so, you give members young and old a refreshing way to give that's simpler for them.

Do Not Limit Your Church to One Channel

Having several channels is, by far, the most effective way to see church giving stats increase. Text-to-give is certainly one of the most popular forms of online donations today thanks to its high availability amongst nearly all generations. But having a simple online form is also essential for web-based donations on both desktop and mobile.

In fact, adding a donation button to your website can increase giving. Also, optimizing that page for mobile can increase pledges by 126 percent on average. These are major results that will make a major impact on your church. However, as suggested earlier, simply adding a new donation button or making a form mobile-friendly isn't enough to make people donate in and of itself.

How to Increase Giving Through New Channels

Opening up a new donation channel is a fantastic first step to increasing giving amongst your congregation. But it's not the only thing that needs to happen. In order for people to actually start taking advantage of the new channels you open, you need to do some basic outreach and accomplish a few things.

1. Make Your Congregation Aware of the Channels

Your congregation should know all of the ways they can give to your church so that they can easily decide which one is best for them. There are many ways to inform your congregation about all of the methods you have available. Featuring them on your website in an obvious spot is a good method, but you should also try more direct methods.

In order to reach as many members of your congregation as possible, consider the ways in which you contact donors (and potential donors) who may not visit your website. Think about your social media channels and, perhaps even more so, within the church itself.

Announcing the exciting launch of a new donation channel before or after a service is a good way to promote adoption of your channel. You should also hang posters and/or flyers within your church's entryway, informing all members of your congregation about the various ways they can give.

2. Educate Your Congregation on How the Channels Work

The great thing about text-to-give software and similar donation channels is how simple it truly is for everyone to get involved. It's as easy as texting a short number, clicking a link, and filling out an extremely short, simple form with payment details. But illustrating the real ease of this process is key to getting donors to try it for themselves. Once they do, they'll get hooked on its speed and straightforward nature.

Of course, before they ever try the donation channels for themselves, you will usually have to demonstrate all of these things for them. You will need to make certain that all of your potential donors know why they should choose to use this new channel. They should know what exactly they need to do in order to start taking advantage of it.

A great way to do this is through simple social media posts showing a short video walk-through or even photos that illustrate how the channel works and what it looks like. Short descriptions accompanied by clear, branded imagery will do wonders for educating your congregation.

3. Keep in Touch With Your Donors and Potential Donors

As a church, you already seek to build a rapport with each and every person who comes through your doors. This is where your marketing practices should really begin to shine. If you are doing things correctly, you will be able to collect key information about your donors through the various channels they interact with you on.

This is important because it allows you to get to know your donors better, thus allowing you to provide them with better service. It also helps you direct the right messaging their way when it comes to fundraising and other campaigns at your church.

Collecting information about every donor, ranging from their name to their birthday, will help you better personalize your messaging to them. In turn, they will be able to build a stronger connection with you and you with them.

These notes will help you maintain the personal connection that many think gets lost when they switch from in-person giving to online giving. Going the extra mile to help make sure that your church members feel individually appreciated, valued, and recognized will do wonders for encouraging regular giving and support in general.

4. Design Cause-driven Campaigns

One of the best ways to get a person to donate is by setting a goal and specifying a cause. To get more church members actively supporting your church and its programs, you can set up various campaigns throughout the year that have a finite goal in mind. This helps to get these church members participating, even if they are unable to set up a regular recurring monthly donation for general church support.

Cause-driven campaigns create a sense of urgency amongst donors and are also very inspiring. Because you'll have a set amount of money you need to raise and a deadline for doing so, it helps get everyone moving more quickly. By telling them how much you need, donors often get a much deeper sense of impact when they are able to cover a portion of the goal themselves.

These campaigns could have funding goals big and small and deadlines ranging from a week to a few months. Ideally, they'll be short-term and very actionable with a clear description of what you are trying to accomplish.

For instance, you might fundraise to send the youth group off on a mission trip next summer. In this case, you not only should specify how much you need and when you need it by, but you should also share the stories of the youth group members to help churchgoers connect with them.

It's highly likely, especially in today's larger congregations, that many people won't know the youth group members and their families personally. As such, sharing some information about each of them can help your congregation really feel like a close-knit community — just as it should.

In this case, you could even incorporate some quotes and comments from the members and counselors themselves. This will help get across why this mission trip is so important while emphasizing everyone it will impact.

5. Update Donors on Progress and Impact

Yet another way to help encourage giving and maintain that personal connection even with online channels is to keep donors updated at all times. Have a subscription list that they can easily opt into when making a donation and from your website. This allows members of your congregation to stay updated on what you are fundraising for and where their donations are going.

Aside from the daily operations of your church, highlighting where donations go within the community and beyond will really help donors feel as though they are making an impact. And that's exactly what they are after. They want reassurance that your organization, as a local community church, is doing things for the greater good.

You can share progress reports through weekly or monthly emails. You can also include highlights in pamphlets that you pass out at service. These methods will help spread awareness across your entire congregation and so, too, will posts on social media.

When you use donations for a large event or contribution, showcase it through a blog post and share it everywhere so that donors know their funds are going to wonderful causes that aren't far from home. Include images and videos where possible to really foster the human connection.

Additionally, you can send text updates to donors when they participate in short-term campaigns. These text updates can both help to create a sense of urgency, encouraging them to share the campaign with friends and family, and also help them feel appreciated.

Personalizing text updates to reflect whether or not the recipient has donated, how much they have donated, and the impact they have had will go very far in helping your church meet future campaign goals. People want to feel involved and they want to know that they are making a real difference.

6. Set Giving Expectations and Speak About Them

This is tough advice to follow for some pastors who feel that it comes across as greedy or perhaps legalistic, but setting expectations for giving and speaking about them often will prove highly effective. Your new church member meeting is one good place to go over giving expectations. And you can do so in a very friendly way that doesn't come across as forceful or exclusive.

One good way to bring up giving expectations is to simply talk about the past causes that your church has supported. You can also talk about financial requirements for youth groups and other programs you run.

By doing so, it naturally opens the doors for speaking about how much you need from donors in order to keep these things going. And by introducing the giving expectations in this way, it makes it clear to even brand new members that donations are going somewhere worthwhile.

Pastors can take the same approach during service to bring up giving expectations and speak about the church's financial needs. Sermons surrounding the topics of giving and generosity provide a great platform for talking about this topic in a way that's very approachable and not at all reminiscent of soliciting.

Of course, one major part of garnering recurring donations and new donors is leading by example. When setting giving expectations for churchgoers, also set expectations for church leaders that at least match what you're requesting donors to put down.

This will help your church avoid the all-too-common misconception that the majority of donations go straight into the leaders' pockets. In turn, this will help further build up that feeling of a strong sense of trust, shared goals, and community.

7. Always Find Ways to Say Thank You

Appreciating those who donate to your church will go a long way in encouraging new and old members alike to give. Your method of appreciation will often reflect the method of donating.

For instance, if a person donates via a text-to-give campaign, you'll likely send a text message in response. Meanwhile, if they give online, they may receive an emailed thank you message. Furthermore, if they give in person, you should do your best to provide a handwritten note or direct thank you.

Additionally, you should show appreciation for church donors through public forms. Many churches publicly thank their most loyal and largest donors at service. Of course, always ask the donor before doing so in order to respect their privacy and humility.

You should, however, include a thank you message to all donors on your public financial statements. Also, make sure your church sends out thank you cards to accompany end-of-year giving forms that every donor receives.

Set up a process that enables you to easily thank your donors and you'll find that it goes far in helping them to feel appreciated and recognized. This will encourage them to give even more as you continue to build a strong relationship with them and other church members.

8. Ask for Feedback From Your Congregation

Every congregation is different, but most today feature a long list of churchgoers that range from young to old with all different types of life circumstances. The fact is, the majority of your church members would be willing to donate. But are you making it clear enough to them how they can do so? More importantly, are you making it easy?

These are the questions you need to be asking. In order to really know the answer, it may be best to talk to your church members directly about how they want to see your church open its doors up to new kinds of interactions. There are likely plenty of churchgoers who would happily share their opinions with you.

Your questions shouldn't be limited to only donations, either. Ask how your congregation wants to be able to engage with the church and its projects, be it on social media, your website, or somewhere else entirely. Such valuable feedback will take only moments to collect. But it will truly pay off as your church continues to grow and change to accommodate your growing and changing congregation.

NewFire Giving's Promise

NewFire Giving can help your church discover the power of digital donations. Give us 30 minutes and we promise to increase your church's donations by 10 percent in the next six months. That's how confident we are about the effectiveness of NewFire Giving's text-to-give software. Click here to learn more.

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SecureGive: How It Works and Why It Matters

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Digital giving is a growing trend across all generations. That's why it's extremely worthwhile to make it an option for your churchgoers. SecureGive is one method of doing so, with mobile and online donations accepted. Of course, there are plenty of competitors to SecureGive. Familiarizing yourself with the features of SecureGive is important for making an informed decision.

Is SecureGive a Reliable Option?

Having an effective giving strategy is at the core of having a successful church that can give back to the community. And SecureGive is an extremely reliable and feature-rich option if you are looking to accept donations in new ways.

NewFire Giving exclusively resells the SecureGive software. In the past few years, more than 2,300 churches have adopted this digital giving software. Meanwhile, more than 5,000 churches have received consultations to help them increase their overall donations.

With the implementation of SecureGive and our strategies, your church will be able to take its mind off fundraising. You'll be able to put the focus back where it should be: on achieving your mission. SecureGive software makes the process of donating easier for everyone, lowering the barriers that many people face when wanting to give.

This, combined with NewFire Giving's education and consulting, will make accepting donations almost hands-off for your church once again. We guarantee you'll see a 10% increase in your donations within six months. Imagine what those extra funds could enable your church to achieve.

New Ways to Give

Generations new and old are interacting with churches in new ways. Offering your communities a diverse range of options for giving back is essential for boosting engagement. Here are four ways you can begin accepting donations with new software.

Online Giving

Online giving allows visitors to access your donation portal 24/7. They can do so via desktop or mobile, using any browser they choose. The system allows them to make a one-time donation, or they can even set up a recurring donation.

Online giving is the number one way to ignite consistent, recurring donations from your churchgoers. Very few people in today's world have the time to write a check each month, stamp it, and send it off. Automatic withdrawal is more convenient and easier for everyone.

In fact, implementing it can increase your recurring donations by 39%! There are low transaction fees, and donors won't have to go through the hassle of writing a check, stamping an envelope, wasting paper — or forgetting to send in altogether. Automatic recurring donations allow you to better predict cash flow too and track your church's giving growth and trends.

Giving Apps

Does your church have an app? More than 77% of adults in the United States know how to use apps. That's because apps are extremely convenient. They also put so much information right at your fingertips, a reason why every generation uses them.

A custom church app will fit your organization's vision. It will also include a giving feature that allows users to give straight from the app, without having to go to an external link or browser. This will improve the user experience and encourage giving.

NewFire Giving can design a custom application for your church that offers all these features and more — like the ability to give using Apple Pay to donate.

Text-to-Give

For those who wish to donate from their mobile device, the easiest way to allow them to do so is with a text-to-give setup. They can text the dollar amount they wish to donate to a short, designated number specific to your church. They'll then instantly receive a secure link where they can enter their payment details.
This method is particularly useful for promoting campaigns that you are currently running. For instance, you can share and push your text-to-give program when your youth group needs to raise money for a mission trip. Text-to-give campaigns prove over and over again to be very effective, especially for raising one-off donations from a large number of donors.

Giving Kiosks

Giving kiosks are becoming increasingly popular for on-site donations. That's because they allow people to donate large and small sums of money in a way that's convenient for them. So few people carry cash these days, so kiosks allow them to donate in-person but in a more accessible format.

You can take these kiosks to events and fundraisers organized away from church grounds. Thus, they enable you to accept donations from a wider audience and further fund your programs.

If you need some inspiration to implement one, just look at the numbers. The average gift made via a kiosk is 24% greater than gifts made through mobile devices. It is a hands-on way for people to give with all the convenience of an electronic and portable system.

 

How to Get Started With NewFire Giving

Your church deserves a solution that's more than “just software”. That's why at NewFire Giving, we go the extra mile in making sure that we'll be able to provide you with the right program for you. We will meet with your team and learn about your needs before showing you the numbers and explaining how our software could impact your church and community.

We will answer your questions and give you a thorough tour of our software and education programs so you can see how NewFire Ignite will support your operation vision. Book a discovery call today to learn more.

Online Giving for Churches — 10 Top Tips

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A growing number of churches are now looking into different ways to raise much-needed funds. Gone are the days of simply relying on a collection plate to fund maintenance and staffing costs. Online giving for churches is more prevalent than ever.

But a lot of churches are struggling. In order to survive, they need to explore new and innovative ways of raising funds — many of which are online.

By promoting online giving, you can open up a completely new revenue stream for your church. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

1. Create an Eye-Catching Website

If you don't already have one, launch a website to create an online hub for all your charitable programs. Keep it simple and easy to navigate, and fill it with images of your church and your congregation. Most importantly, give people a reason to keep coming back, such as regular updates, a blog, and transcripts of your services.

Place a giving button in a prominent location on your website. Make it eye-catching, big, and obvious. If online giving for churches is simple and quick, more people will give.

2. Promote Online Donation at Every Opportunity

It's important to tell churchgoers about all the different ways they can donate online. There are several ways to do this, and they're all very simple. For example, you could make one or two announcements during a worship service. You may also want to mention online giving during the offering.

If you don't already have one, create a bulletin or newsletter. You can make digital and paper copies for regular distribution to your worshippers. Be sure to include detailed instructions about how to donate online. Use your social media accounts to keep people informed, and print informational flyers to hand out at the end of every service.

3. Hold a Digital Offering During a Service

Some of your worshippers may not be familiar with the process of online giving for churches. A great way to teach them how to give is by holding a digital offering during a service. Ask your worshippers to access your donation page on their phones, and take them through the process, step by step.

It's probably best to ask for the same donation from everyone to keep things simple. Start with a modest amount such as $5. Once people have given once, they're more likely to continue doing so going forward.

4. Make the Online Giving Process Mobile-Friendly

More than half of the world's internet traffic originates from mobile devices. If your online giving process isn't mobile-friendly, your church could miss out on a lot of precious cash.

While there are some very capable responsive website themes and platforms available, making a “mobile first” website is always the best option. There's a good chance that more than half of the visitors to your website use a mobile device for access. It makes sense to design your website specifically for smaller screens and adapt upwards — rather than the other around.

The use of mobile devices for online giving is at a record high. According to The Millennial Impact Report, 84 percent of young adults prefer to give online.

5. Drive Traffic to Your Website

You could have a fantastic church website, but if people aren't visiting it this counts for very little. At every opportunity, remind people about the site and what's on it. Talk about it during every service, and include the website address in every bulletin and newsletter you produce. And reach out across your social media channels to encourage people to log on.

Also, make sure your website is SEO optimized. This is a technical term for making a site attractive to search engines. There are several ways to do this, including the use of keywords, the inclusion of quality content, and the insertion of a few authoritative links. The most cost-effective approach involves hiring a professional to carry out an SEO audit for you.

6. Develop a Brand

Although you may not know it, your church already has a brand of its own. But unless you take control of the branding process, you could be missing out on donations. There are several ways to brand your church, including the creation of a logo, the use of a color scheme, and the use of a particular type font.

As StoryBrand-certified guides, we reference the StoryBrand framework to inspire giving. We create a clear, concise message that connects with worshippers. We can help you to maximize your church's fundraising potential.

According to Network for Good, branded giving pages perform around 67 percent better than unbranded pages. While the idea of creating a brand identity might seem a little strange at first, it could encourage a lot more people to give on a regular basis.

7. Introduce Automated Giving Options

A lot of people like to ensure they give to their church regularly. In the past, this mostly involved cash and check payments made in person. But you can make the process of recurring giving a lot easier for your worshippers.

Use a payment provider that gives people the option of making recurring payments with a debit or credit card. This functionality gives worshippers the opportunity to decide how often they give and when to stop.

8. Thank Your Donors… Every Time

It's important that you show your gratitude every time someone gives to your church. As well as being the right thing to do, it leaves givers with a sense of accomplishment. And an appreciated donor is often a regular donor.

There are several ways you can express thanks. For example, you could direct donors to a “thank you” page immediately after their payment goes through. Or you can send them a warm-hearted and personalized “thank you” email. It's even possible to thank people by text using an option within the payment provider's software.

9. Add Printable ‘I Gave Online' Cards to Your Website

The last thing you want to do is make online givers feel awkward when people are passing around the collection plate during a service. One way to alleviate this tricky situation is by giving online donors an “I gave online” card. This doesn't just put people at ease, it tells others in the congregation that online giving is an option.

10. Choose Technology Based on Your Desired Outcomes

There are many new and exciting technologies that can inspire people to give. But how do you know they're right for you? Rather than concentrate on the features included with apps and other technologies, think about your desired outcomes.

Consider why your worshippers decide to give. Sometimes giving is inspired by human connections. Other times it's about fostering community spirit or helping the less fortunate. The emotions that prompt giving are very important. If your technology helps you to appeal to these emotions, there's a very good chance you'll achieve the results you're looking for.

This is a lot to take in. Managing online giving for churches takes a lot of time and hard work. But you can make more time for your worshippers by managing the entire process with a giving software solution such as NewFire Giving.

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How Church Donation Technology Benefits Your Church

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Your church may be a place of religious worship, but it also needs funding in order to thrive and grow. Churches often rely on monetary donations from congregation members in order to stay afloat. However, manually collecting those donations year after year can be tedious and ineffective. For that reason, churches that want to thrive in today's digital age should consider turning to church donation technology. Software platforms that now enable giving to churches make donating easier than ever, and they may just be the key to financially thriving for a church that is looking for more effective ways to raise funds.

What Is Church Donation Technology?

Church donation technology includes software platforms that allow people to give money to churches digitally. These platforms can be on websites, via software installed on a device, or via channels that can be accessed remotely (using the cloud or messaging technology). Some popular church donation technology options include giving apps, text-to-give programs, and online donation platforms where people can visit a website or give directly. There are also now contactless collection plates, which take the place of traditional ones and offer churchgoers the chance to simply tap a credit card or digital pay device, rather than giving bills or coins.

How Does Church Donation Technology Benefit Your Church?

Church donation technology is crucial today for churches that want to grow in the coming years. However, it has more benefits than simply welcoming your congregation into the digital age. Some of the most important benefits include the following.

Convenience of the Donation Process

Sometimes people want to donate to a church or nonprofit organization, but they don't know how to donate, or they feel like they do not have the time or energy to go through the donation process. Church donation technology makes giving as easy as simply sending a message from your phone or mobile device. Sixty-two percent of churchgoers say they are more likely to give if they can simply do it via a phone, tablet, card reader, or computer. So, by minimizing obstacles between giving and a potential giver and by offering easy giving options, you can increase the chances that people will donate and maximize the amount of funds you may be able to raise for your organization.

Encouraging Repeat Givers

Church leaders say that people are more likely to give multiple times to a church when electronic giving opportunities are offered. So churches who want repeat givers may want to turn to donation technology, which can help bring in more dependable sources of funds.

Better Tracking

When you receive donations, it's important to log them. This helps you keep track of who gave them, how much the donation was for, what it is to be allocated for, etc. However, doing all of this manually can not only be tedious, but it can also be inaccurate and leave a lot of room for human error. When you have software solutions keeping track of your church donations, you can accurately record who gave how much, to what, and when. You can also have a record should you ever need to show proof of donations later.

More Confident Givers

Studies have shown that people can be wary of donating to churches because they are not sure if the church will allocate their funds to the right places. When you use donation technology, you can let people digitally demarcate where they want their donations used. You can also allocate that money digitally, and you can show people how you used their funds. When people have more confidence that you will use their donations properly, they are more likely to give, which also maximizes the amount of money you may be able to attract during your fundraising efforts.

Church Donation Technology: Consider Choosing NewFire Giving

A recent survey showed about 80 percent of churchgoers now have the opportunity to give to their church via online or digital technology. If you feel ready to raise funds more effectively for your church and join the digital era, consider using NewFire Giving. This digital donation technology can help make giving easier for donors and tracking more convenient and accurate for you. One of the best perks of using NewFire Giving is that they provide coaching with their software. So you can use their expert knowledge to ensure that you are doing the best you can to raise money from potential donors. You can also rely on the content and learning material they give you to improve your fundraising efforts or turn to them if you need help troubleshooting one of the software solutions they provide.

Changes That Increase Gift Giving in Your Church

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While tithing is mentioned in the Bible, statistics as far back as 2013 show that only around 25 percent (at the highest) people tithe within the church.

Number 18:26 reads:

Speak to the Levites and say to them: When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the LORD's offering.

The problem isn't that giving is not mentioned in the Bible. There are other reasons tithing is down.

Reasons Tithing is Lower Than Usual

There are a few valid reasons why a person may not tithe. Understanding this helps find ways to counteract this way of thinking.

They Don't Know About It

Those who are new to Christ may not even realize that tithing is written as something they should do. Just like a new student, a person must be taught and learn what is right. Don't think that everyone knows what the Bible says about stewardship. That must be taught.

Their Finances Are Tight

It happens to most of us. We go through periods of having less than usual or feeling as if we do not have any left over to give. This is where 2 Cor. 8:1-2, 7 comes in handy:

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.

It showcases how God's grace helps us through even the most difficult of times. Teach the people in your congregation how God helps us when we may feel that we do not have enough — no matter what it is.

Another is Prov. 11:24-25:

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

They Question Where the Money Ends Up

Many people are curious when it comes to finances. One reason some may be hesitant to give is that they do not know where their money is going. It is always a good idea to be transparent with church funds so people feel comfortable giving.

If the members of your congregation know more about the church's finances, they see where there is a need and do not feel as if the money is simply going “somewhere.”

They Are Not Sure How to Give

Sometimes it is as simple as not knowing how to give. Some who are new to the church may see the collection plate going around. They realize you can give that way, but there are so many ways to tithe that they are not aware of. Be sure they know their options.

And never assume a person has been to church in the past and automatically understands how things work.

They Don't Feel Its Importance

Some people have to have a clear vision of what is going on before they will part with their money. This, unfortunately, happens in church, too. Make sure the members know of God's work being done in the church. Share what is being done for the poor. Share how the church helps with counseling. Tell them about programs for children and the community.

Teach them what the Bible says about a generous heart in Luke 21:1-4:

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

What Are the Stats on Gift Giving?

Just so you have an idea of what's going on in tithing and church donations, here are some interesting statistics.

Out of the almost 230 million self-proclaimed Christians in the United States, just a little over 1 million tithe. That is surprisingly less than 1 percent.

Charitable giving is on the rise. As of 2017, its percentages increased. Yet, religious giving remains at just one-third of all charities, and that is down from halfback in the 1980s.

According to the Giving USA Special Report in 2017, most people who give to religious organizations are 65 and older (54 percent). People under the age of 40 are less likely (23 percent) to donate to the Church. Yet with a younger generation of churchgoers, it is important that they are represented as much as the older members.

How to Increase Gift Giving in Your Church

There are things that all churches can do to help increase gift giving. Here are a few ways to see an increase in tithing and donations.

Show by Your Own Works

Giving begins from within. By making sure you are giving what you can, it is easier to discuss with others how giving changed you. Enjoy discussing money, because changing a person's finances helps change their life. Speak from personal experience and share the good, while offering learning experiences out of the “not so good.”

Offer Alternatives in Giving

There are more ways to give than simply passing around the collection plate. While we can all feel good from what we are used to, with a new generation come new ways of giving.

For instance, digital giving technology offers a variety of ways to give.

Online giving works from any web browser and offers 24/7 access to both members and guests. They can even set up recurring donations or tithing to make it easier to remember. Or, one-time giving is an option with secure online giving and mobile giving.

Another way to make giving more convenient for members and guests is with text-to-give. Just like some charities do during a natural disaster, a person only needs to text to donate or tithe. It is easier to increase giving by offering this option during your sermon or talk on stewardship.

Giving kiosks are yet another way to increase stewardship. This kiosk is similar to what most people are already used to when shopping. This is ideal for larger donors and larger congregations. It is important to note that the average kiosk donation is almost 25 percent higher than with text-to-give.

This helps churches dramatically improve giving numbers while reducing the need to focus all their time on raising funds.

Start a Special Offering

During Christmas and Easter, a church-wide special offering is a worthy way to increase giving. Many will be excited to give to a worthy offering. Make sure to pick a need that resonates with your congregation. Whether it is an international mission or something close to home, find a need that others will relate to.

Now set a reachable goal. Don't make it so high that people are discouraged. But do stretch it some so it's a goal people want to attain.

Use some of the ways mentioned prior to allowing people to donate as easily as possible, with the goal progress transparent.

Start at least six weeks prior to the deadline for the goal. This allows people to have time to plan. Let them know it is okay to give any time up to the day of the goal's finish.

Prepare a presentation or talk about the offering and what it means to help. Let them know that after the goal is fulfilled, they will be able to see their efforts. For example, if it is a mission, they will get to see a video of the trip.

Host a Fundraiser

Hosting a specific fundraiser on a date right after a service is a good way to get plenty of attendees. You have your congregation there, so there is no need for an event space. It can be a fun event that feels like a celebration, and it's different from the norm, which gets people excited.

These are just a few ways to increase gift giving and open up new ways for members and guests to be generous. Your congregation should never see giving as a burden. In fact, 2 Cor. 8:12-15 says:

For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

Text To Give Software – Accept Donations from Text Messages

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New technology brings with it new ways of connecting with your congregation. It has also sparked new forms of giving. Text-to-give campaigns can help your church raise money for youth group trips, special causes, and for the daily operation of your ministry. Understanding how this exciting new software works will help your church open up new doors while providing your members new opportunities for giving.

How Does Text-to-Give Work?

It's as simple as it sounds. When someone wants to give to an organization or campaign, text-to-give software makes the process fun and straightforward. All the donor has to do is text the amount they want to give to a short phone number. Text-to-give campaigns are extremely memorable and sharable.

For example, you could set up a campaign and advertise it like this:

“To donate, text the amount you want to give to [your church's number] and support our ministry's programs.”

Text-to-give campaigns are so easy to set up that you could have one for specific functions, programs, and goals or a single program for your entire church. The entire process is simple and streamlined.

Once someone texts an amount to the short number, they will instantly receive a secure link in return. By clicking this link, they'll get taken to an easy mobile form that they can fill out with their donor information. In under 60 seconds, they'll be able to help you raise much-needed funds.

With its speed and simplicity in mind, it's really no surprise that text-to-donate campaigns have taken off across the country. Churches and other non-profit organizations are consistently using them to raise money for everything from outreach campaigns to disaster relief.

What It Can Do for Your Church

In 2017 alone, Americans gave more than $410 billion to non-profit organizations. This bright statistic showed a 5 percent growth from previous measures. Year after year, religious organizations have always held the greatest share when it comes to charitable donations. Recent statistics from 2016 show that this continues to be true.

Following a 2.9 percent increase in giving, nearly one-third of all donations ($127.37 billion) go towards religious organizations. The majority of these donations get made by individuals to their local place of worship. If these numbers are not motivating enough, here are some more specific statistics that will inspire you to set up a text-to-give campaign for your ministry.

  • Surveying people who are willing to give to their church revealed that 60 percent of them are willing to donate to their church digitally.
  • Churches that begin accepting tithing online see a 32 percent average increase in overall donations.
  • Of donors who tithe, more than 75 percent of them give far more than 10 percent of their income, choosing to give 11 to 20 percent of their gross income.

These statistics should be empowering for your church. After all, they demonstrate that today's churchgoers are more than willing to give. But it will help greatly if you give them a means of doing so that aligns with their lifestyle.

Today, everyone has a mobile device in their pocket. That's what makes text-to-give campaigns so effective. They give a person the ability to get involved and feel connected to a campaign from anywhere. It's also a method of giving that is straightforward and sensible for today's generation of churchgoers.

You'll Reach More of the Millennial Market

A church willing to implement a text-to-donate software will see major increases in engagement and overall giving. Millennials especially are more likely to donate if they have the option to do so digitally. And, with this group making up over 25 percent of the country's population, it's an essential target market to connect with.

In 2016, nearly half of all millennials donated through an organization's website. Plus, 40 percent of them give regularly through a monthly giving program. Most of them get involved in-person too, with 64 percent being local volunteers and 55 percent being actively involved in fundraising events.

The millennial market accounts for 11 percent of total giving across the United States. So, with 84 percent of them willing to give to charity (each donating an average of $481 each year), it's critical that organizations give them a means of doing so that's simple for them.

You'll Reach More of Generation X Too

Many organizations mistakenly think that millennials are the only market they will reach through a text-to-donate or other digital campaign. However, members of Generation X will quickly prove that mode of thinking wrong.

Those born from 1961 to 1981 prefer text messages and voice calls when it comes to communication. They also stay up-to-date with social media, and they regularly check their email. So, it's not surprising that email prompted nearly one-third of the online donations Generation X made, according to one survey.

In addition to this, nearly 60 percent of Generation X members say that an image or message on social media has inspired them to donate in the past. Since text-to-give campaigns are so easily sharable, this is yet another statistics to support their adoption.

The short call-to-action that comes along with a text-to-give campaign is easily to place on your church's social media channels and website. Members of the congregation can then spread the message quickly, easily calling for friends and family to donate too. This enables even more people to donate in addition to those who would visit and give in person.

Other Generations Are Also Adopting Digital Giving

Baby boomers are often thought of as old-fashioned, but statistics consistently demonstrate that, once they adopt technology, they are quick to catch on. That explains why boomers regularly use voice, text, and email to communicate.

They're also more likely to use apps and social media more than anyone else–just think of how often you see grandparents active online these days. They deeply enjoy using the internet as a means to stay in touch with family, friends, and their community. That means they will be responsive to donating through these methods too.

And the Greatest Generation is online too. Nearly one-third of donors who are 75 years of age or older say they have made an online donation in the past year. On average, this generation also gives 25 percent more often than younger generations.

The point is, digital giving isn't just something to think about for the younger members of your church. It is a form of giving that can touch every single generation within your congregation. This allows you to reach more people already partaking in your church, and even more people who aren't currently involved.

The purpose of text-to-give is not to fully depend on it. Your church shouldn't switch to 100 percent digital giving. The purpose of implementing a text-to-give software is to further diversify the channels through which your diverse congregation is able to give. That's why you should give your members the option to donate both in-person and digitally.

Implementing the Software

The numbers don't lie. With the implementation of the text-to-give software from NewFire Giving, you will see donations increase by at least 10 percent in the next six months. That is the promise we make to every church who comes to us seeking a way to increase engagement from their congregation.

With just one 30-minute discovery call, we will be able to go through your church's current donation outlook and identify the roadblocks that are hindering your church from getting the amount of support it should. We will then assess your church and see how it stacks up against the expectations of today's donors.

We are officially in the “new era” of giving. Is your church? Request a consultation with NewFire Giving today. We'll walk you through three steps that your church can take to immediately see a boost in the amount of donations you are receiving.

Ask yourself: What could one new donor do for your church? How about 10 or even 100? If you are currently seeing $50,000 in month donations, we could raise that amount by over $5,000 consistently, month after month. The new donations will quickly add up, enabling your church to reach more people and make a larger impact in the community. Click here to get started.

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5 Church Online Giving Statistics You Can't Ignore

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5 Church Online Giving Statistics You Can't Ignore

Before asking themselves “what's the best online giving for my church strategy,” most decision-makers in houses of worship wonder if it's even worth it. If you've never accepted online donations, you probably aren't sure how effective they can be. Ask any church leader who's gone this route, however, and they'll undoubtedly tout their effectiveness. Just look at the statistics to get an idea of the potential.

1. Willingness to Give Digitally

One of the most important statistics related to online donations is the fact that 60 percent of congregants are willing to give digitally. This is a huge number considering the ease with which you can use a church donation management program. Unfortunately, only 16 percent of churchgoers actually give electronically.

What's going on with this discrepancy? The fact is, many churches don't offer online donation options. Congregants want to give digitally, but many simply aren't given the ability to do so. By failing to offer this choice, churches are missing out on large sources of giving.

2. Donations Made with Cards

Utilizing a church giving app was once unheard of when it came to tithing and donations. Of course, this is because “apps” didn't even exist until very recently. Now that they do, however, a full 49 percent of all church giving transactions are done through a credit or debit card.

While there's no guarantee that you'll lose these donations by not accepting card payments, it's a pretty safe assumption that you're missing out. Only accepting funding the traditional way is certainly your right, but the best online giving options for your church will ensure you reach out to the nearly half of givers who use cards.

3. Preference of Most Engaged Congregants

We all know a few churchgoers who are CEO (“Christmas and Easter only”) attendees. On the opposite side of the coin, there are countless congregants who come in every time the doors are open and attend events throughout the week. The latter group is made up of those who are most likely to donate.

So, what do those individuals prefer? Research has shown that 80 percent of those who attend at least two activities or church groups a week prefer giving electronically. There's no doubt that many of these dutiful attendees with still give without the option, but why take the chance when we can cater to their preferences?

4. Tithing Has Gone Down

It's surprising just how long statistics have been kept on tithing throughout history. In fact, we know exactly what congregants were giving at least back to the Great Depression. Today, only 3.4 percent of churchgoers tithe the 10 percent that's set forth in the Bible. Back during the Great Depression, this number was 21 percent higher.

What can we learn from this? To start, we know it's not the economy. Even during the worst of the Depression, our grandparents were proportionally tithing more than we do now. Better yet, what does this have to do with the best online giving for your church?

It actually leads us right into our final statistic.

5. Increases Thanks to Online Tithing

So, how can we make up for the fact that fewer families are donating the biblical tithing amount? It all comes down to digital giving. Statistics show that overall donations increased by 32 percent in churches that started taking online donations.

There's no way to understate the absolute significance of this statistic. This means that an average church that took in $1,000 in donations weekly would see giving increase to $1,320. Regardless of your church's size and weekly giving amounts, this increase can help you do much more than you're currently capable of.

Find the Best Online Giving for Your Church

If there's one thing that comes close to being as certain as the words of the good book, it's that the truth is in the numbers. Surveys, research, and statistics consistently show that accepting online donations is the perfect way to increase tithing. If you're ready to find the best online giving tool for your church, give us a call today so you can focus on your mission instead of worrying about how to fund it.

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5 Mistakes Churches Make with Text to Give Campaigns

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Churches should make sure they're taking advantage of fundraising by utilizing text messaging. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices and popularity of text messaging, text to give campaigns are particularly effective ways to reach members and ask for support.

By the end of 2019, more than 4.68 billion people across the globe will own mobile phones. On top of that, mobile users send more than 560 billion text messages every single month. If your church decides to use a text to give service, however, make sure you avoid a few common mistakes, including the following:

1. Omitting the Option to Make Recurring Gifts

Don't miss this opportunity: When you send a potential donor a message encouraging them to give, make sure you include an option to make the donation a recurring one. If they give once, there is a chance they may want to give to your organization again. Make this opportunity easier for them by giving them the option to make recurring gifts via text. Studies show that recurring donors are 440% more valuable than one-time donors, so don't pass up a chance to bring one in.

2. Capping Individual Donors' Donation Amounts

Some organizations also decide to cap donor amounts, which is a huge mistake. Choose a service that allows donors to give as much as they want. Capping donor amounts doesn't encourage people to give; it limits the amount of funds you can get. So, seek to ensure that your text to give campaign puts no limit on the amount that a person can give to your church via text message.

3. Failing to Offer a Next Step After People Give

Even if your donor doesn't want to become a recurring donor, they may want to become more involved in the church. Maybe they would like to volunteer their time or learn more about who you are and what you do. It is a mistake for your church to simply offer text to give campaigns that don't offer next steps or follow up. Instead of simply offering the chance to donate, consider offering more information, opportunities to become involved, or encouragement to step up and give their support to the congregation.

4. Using a Text to Give Service that Charges Big Fees

You will need to use a text to give service that allows you to text donors and then receives their funds. There are many options for these services, but you should avoid ones with high service fees. Some platforms can charge substantial fees, which end up totaling close to 10% of all of your donations received. This takes a huge chunk out of funds that were given to help your church and is a cost that you could ultimately avoid if you are able to find a text to give a platform that does not charge high fees.

5. Failing to Specify Where People Are Giving

You should be specific about fund utilization during your next text to give campaign. If there are different options for giving, make sure you specify what they are and how a person can select where they are donating. You may ask for donations for a specific fund that is going towards a purchase, cause, or to an annual operations fund. No matter what the reason, makes sure you stay transparent. People like to know how their money is being used, which makes them more willing to donate.

If your church is taking advantage of text to give campaigns but you've been having trouble raising money, the tips above may help. By implementing this advice, you can rest assured that you're reaching the right people at the right time in the right way. Your next text to give campaign should be a success for your congregation.

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NewFire Giving: Exciting Church Growth via Digital Giving

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NewFire Giving: Exciting Church Growth via Digital Giving

As a pastor, deacon, administrator, or leader in your church, you may have wondered how you can take the focus off giving in your church and direct the attention toward the missions and goals. We at NewFire Giving can show you how to dramatically increase the giving totals, and to decrease the need to focus so much time on raising funds.

Purpose

Offerings, tithes, and contributions are vital to a church. For one, it's a necessity. It enables you to pay the mortgage, utilities, maintenance, and salaries of the personnel. However, setting aside the necessary funds for the church to survive is just a small part of the equation. Tithes serve many purposes: funding ministries throughout your community; giving to missions; and providing a church that isn't just a building you attend one to three times a week, but one that is a church home, where members gather to fellowship, worship, grow in their faith, and have fun social gatherings. Yes, giving is vital to how a church grows and affects not only its members, but in essence, the community, state, and even the world.

Benefits of Digital Giving Technology

Adding digital giving technology as an option for giving is one of the best ways to increase your offerings each month. Many churches hesitate to incorporate this kind of giving software because it is confusing for members to use. A program that isn't used winds up being just another bill to pay. Fortunately, our system communicates with the members in a user-friendly way that helps them personally connect with the church's goals and missions. It educates your members about:

Why you should give: Many people can't attend church regularly due to their career, a debilitating sickness, family responsibilities, or other issues. This tends to make them feel guilty because they want to tithe regularly, but simply can't. Often the member will vow to add the missed offering to the next one they're able to give, but they forget, or can't fit it into the budget when they attend church again. Few people think about the fact that a missed offering isn't simply just a guilt trip for the member, it actually affects the church's livelihood and ongoing budget. Consistent giving is vitally important because the church bills have to be paid regularly. This is one of the greatest benefits of digital giving.

Being able to give digitally frees the member of any guilt because they can select the dates each month when the offering will automatically be withdrawn from their account. Then they can basically forget about that responsibility because they soon realize it will be withdrawn promptly and correctly on the dates they select, whether it's once a week, biweekly, or once a month.

How you should give:

The digital giving technology provides various ways for your church members to give. It makes the process so simple that it'll pay for itself by increasing the offerings over time. These ways include:

  • Online giving: The member visits your church website and sets up an automatic draft from their bank or brokerage account. They set the dates for an offering to be withdrawn each week, biweekly, or once a month. They can also give a one-time donation for a special event or fundraiser. The website is available 24/7 for your members or guests. They can give via their mobile phone or computer.
  • Text to give: Many of the younger members will appreciate the ability to give via their cell phone and your church's mobile app. This is a quick and easy way to pay tithes or special offerings with just a few clicks of the keypad.
  • Giving kiosks: You can set up giving kiosks throughout your church campus for convenient ways to give. You can also take the software on-the-go in order to collect donations at off-site fundraisers or special events. So few people carry cash these days, and this is a wise, safe, and convenient way to collect necessary funds.

The digital giving technology also expresses appreciation to the members for giving. This has a two-fold feature. It assures them that the giving occurs on time and provides them with a sense of peace and satisfaction knowing that they are following their religious convictions about giving. It also helps direct their attention to the ways that their giving benefits the church, community, nationally, and even globally. Once again, this helps them to connect personally to the church missions and goals.

Invest in the digital giving technology today so that your church members can donate consistently and easily. The software pays for itself rapidly once the members see how simple and convenient it is to use. Digital giving is truly a wonderful way to ensure that your church — and its members — can focus on their missions and other outreach efforts instead of concentrating their efforts on raising funds!

 

 

 

 

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What Sites Support Online Giving for Churches?

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The truth is, there are many resources available for churches or nonprofits seeking online giving software. There have been some great tools listed in the other answers and they are certainly worth looking into. However, unlike these other options, NewFire Giving offers more than just an easy way for church members to give, but also provides consulting and solutions for how to increase giving.

Now that you know what software is available, how do you know which is the best digital giving solution for your church?

The trends are constantly changing and it's difficult to know how best to keep up.

This article offers some great insight into 2019 trends in digital fundraising, highlighting some of the key factors for churches to consider this year in their search for online donation software.

What Are the Online Giving Trends for 2019?

According to charitable giving statistics collected last year, Americans gave $410 billion to charities in 2017, a 5% increase from the year before. So if giving is increasing, why are churches struggling to retain and gain donors? The article points out that despite this increase, Americans only give an average of 2.4% of their income. And 33-50% of church attendees don't give anything at all.

People are searching for a solution. In 2019, that means using a platform that offers relevant and personalized communication. Not everyone in your church has the ability to give to the same capacity. Meet them where they're at. Online donation software gives churches the ability to offer different giving categories, as well as customized communication that provides a personal connection to each congregant.

Remember the catchphrase, “There's an app for that”? Well, it still rings true. Using apps for church giving is another trend that isn't going away any time soon. Finding a digital giving software that provides the different trending options is important. That means finding a solution that offers the ability to give through apps and text-to-give, as well as giving kiosks (you know, kind of like an ATM where you give money instead of taking it).

Another trend is the ability to encourage recurring giving through digital software. Why is this significant? Our article on trends says, “churches typically rely heavily upon pledges to plan their budget for the coming year. Turning weekly giving and pledges into electronic recurring giving has significant benefits such as predictable funds and the ability to plan church operations accurately. Developing an active recurring donor base takes a commitment to technology combined with an engagement strategy that nurtures donors by keeping them connected to the church on a regular basis.”

Finally, my favorite trend of all is the ability to categorize giving. This allows pastors and church staff to quit focusing on basic overhead needs and put their attention on the mission of the church instead. By using software that allows churches to focus on a multitude of giving categories — or a specific category each week — church leaders are able to share the vision of the church and invite congregants to join in that vision.

To recap, if you're hoping to stay ahead of the trends in charitable giving this year and even see an increase in church tithes and donations, these are the key things to look for in your online donation software:

  • Personalized communication with congregants
  • A variety of digital solutions including apps, kiosks, and text-to-give
  • Solutions to boost recurring giving
  • Categorized giving
  • Resources to help you along the way

Finding the Best Online Giving Solution

Considering the digital giving trends for the year will definitely help you in your search for the best option for your church. Are you looking for a simple software solution? Are you working with a tight budget? These are all important questions to consider. However, the need spans beyond finding software that will simply help you receive donations. In order for the software to be effective, there also needs to be a strategy in place to encourage and inspire your congregation to use it.

How do you encourage your congregation to give more than the average 2.4% of their income? And then, how do you sustain the increase?

It is because of these questions that NewFire Giving provides more than just donation software. Unlike other online donation platforms available today, NewFire offers one-on-one consulting for church leaders, incredible customer support, and resources and technology designed to make giving last. You can even take advantage of a free assessment to help you gauge how your church can improve in the area of giving.

In 2017, millennials were the age group that donated most to charities, and 40% of those who donated are enrolled in a monthly giving program. Maybe it's time to meet the donors where they are, not just by providing easy, simple ways to give, but by also offering ways for church members to connect with the vision and mission that they are giving toward.

Whichever software you end up finding for your church, remember that giving requires more than just software. It also requires a solution. It's time to change the trend of giving in the church and see an increase in donations just as we've seen an increase in other charitable giving in the U.S. If you aren't sure where to start, check out these free resources

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Vanco Payment Solutions: Features, Pricing, Reviews, and Alternatives

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Since 1990, church donations in the U.S. have been in decline.

As a result, missions are looking for new ways to increase contributions. In the smartphone era, many churches are looking online to engage with new members.

But is technology alone enough to make a difference?

Many online donation providers have entered the market in recent years. And churches have found that payment gateways can be effective — but they're a piece of a much larger puzzle. Vanco is a popular solution. Read on for more information.

Who Is Vanco Payment Solutions?

Vanco describes itself as a payment solutions provider for churches, nonprofits, and schools.

With a selection of payment gateways, Vanco enables churches to receive online donations. This includes website portals, mobile apps, text-to-give, and donation kiosks.

It's a simple premise: With more ways to reach members, there are more ways to receive donations.

A Vanco Payment Solutions Alternative – NewFire Giving

Receiving a donation requires much more than a payment gateway.

In fact, the donation itself is often the final step in a much longer process.

Payment gateways make the act of donating very easy.

But to increase donations, churches need to learn why people donate in the first place.

Every church does great work. And every church has a great mission. But this doesn't always translate into donations.

NewFire Giving has a different approach to church donations. They offer their own branded, flexible payment gateways — but that's only the first step.

NewFire works with churches to develop a complete donation strategy. With education and training, churches invest in their own financial security.

Package Comparisons – Vanco vs. NewFire Giving

Both Vanco and NewFire Giving offer online payment solutions. Churches can customize each format with their own branding.

  • Online forms are a simple website solution. Members can donate via computer or smartphone, no matter where they are. Donors can use debit, credit card, or direct bank transfer. Contributions can be one-off, or recurring payments.
  • Smartphone apps continue to grow in popularity, particularly with younger members. Users can make donations and save their details for future contributions.
  • Text-to-give allows instant donations via SMS. Text-to-give is fast, simple, and encourages first-time donors. It can also promote church-wide campaigns.
  • Giving kiosks are a physical donation solution in a modern format. Members make donations via tablet in a comfortable environment.

While offering similar products, there are differences between Vanco and NewFire.

Vanco's online payment forms are easy to embed, but can be difficult to use on mobile phones. Mobile use is now matching or exceeding desktop use. It's important that online forms are mobile-friendly.

NewFire Giving has a strong focus on desktop and mobile devices. Their online forms are simple, yet effective. Churches can also customize the forms to include specific funding targets.

From here, the difference between NewFire Giving and Vanco becomes more obvious. Vanco's main products are its payment gateways, whereas NewFire offers a vision of a long-term solution.

With their “Ignite” framework, NewFire works with churches to develop donation strategies. After an initial assessment, there's education, action plans, and coaching sessions.

NewFire's has designed its Ignite program to empower churches. They learn how to encourage donations — rather than ask for them.

What Does Vanco Cost?

Vanco offers several different pricing brackets. They vary depending on the size of the church, and the amount of donations received per month.

Their suggested plan is $49 per month. On top of this, the church pays a percentage from each transaction. Depending on the payment method, a $60 donation carries a fee between $0.83 and $2.45. For large churches, they offer custom pricing upon request.

Vanco's product range is simple and well-priced. They offer technical support, but no further coaching or strategy. This leaves churches on their own to create donation plans.

NewFire Giving's value offering is much more extensive. In addition to online payment solutions, the focus is on coaching and strategy.

NewFire's most common plan starts at $147 per month. This includes the payment gateways, as well as the Ignite coaching program. Churches receive education, training sessions, and a monthly Q&A strategy call.

When comparing Vanco and NewFire, it's clear that there are two value levels. Vanco's focus is on payment gateways, whereas NewFire delivers an entire framework.

For NewFire, payment gateways are the final step — not the solution.

Churches that want basic online payments may find Vanco to be a good fit.

For others, they may want a sustainable donation strategy. In this case, it may be worth looking into the NewFire program.

Vanco Payment Solutions – Reviews

Vanco's payment platforms have generally received fair-to-good online reviews.

As Frank Kehl from Merchant Maverick writes:

“…they're an excellent choice for churches, nonprofits, and professional services…”

But after a merger in 2018, several Vanco employees raised problems:

“The merger of Veracity and Vanco Payments is still going through some pains.”

“A lot of change is going on and sometimes it feels like they are leaving employees out of the loop on what is happening.”

“The company has had 3 CEOs in a year, along with 4 CIOs. No real direction.”

It seems that although Vanco has some good products, it faces some internal struggles. If they're unable to resolve these problems their future could be in jeopardy.

Vanco vs. NewFire Giving – Which Is Better?

Vanco provides a simple way for church members to make online donations. With website forms, apps, and text-to-give, they offer all the standard options. While the gateways are basic, some churches may find them limiting.

In the end, it's very hard to increase donations without a strategy.

NewFire Giving offers a more complete approach. And their focus on the process has the potential to yield much better results.

Rather than asking for more donations, churches can develop a long-term plan. Payment gateways are only effective if members have a desire to use them.

By understanding their own core values, churches can reach more followers. They can also meet — and exceed — fundraising targets.

If you're looking to develop a donation strategy, NewFire Giving can help. They offer free church giving assessments, to help you discover your donation potential.

Remember, you should focus on the mission — not funding it.

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What Does the Bible Have to Say on the Matter of Giving?

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Christians understand that we have the gift of eternal life because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. If we are to honor Him and follow His lead, we too should be sacrificial, generous, and giving. But where does God weigh-in on the matter? Here we look at several scriptures on giving that tell us exactly how God feels about it.

To the Church

The idea of giving back to God came about long before Moses and the Law. On his return from rescuing Lot, Abram gave a tenth of all the spoils to God in gratitude.

Genesis 14:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.

When we return a part of our increase to God, He promises to give us even greater returns. This is the single occasion where the Father gives us permission to test Him and it is the cornerstone verse of all the scriptures on giving.

Malachi 3:10 New Living Translation (NLT) “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven's Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

To the Poor and Needy

Our Lord Jesus Christ is a staunch Defender of those who cannot fight against those who oppress them. He holds a special place for them in His heart. When we adhere to the principle He established in caring for those less fortunate than us, Jesus credits us with caring for Him.

Matthew 25:35-37, 40 New King James Version (NKJV)“…For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?' … And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

Could there be anything more precious to one who belongs to Christ than actually ministering to Him? Not likely. To bolster this concept, here are a few more passages about God's desire for us to take care of the needy among us:

Isaiah 58:10 New King James Version (NKJV)If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul,Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 1 John 3:17-18 New Living Translation (NLT) If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion–how can God's love be in that person? Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Proverbs 19:17 New King James Version (NKJV) He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.

To Missionaries

Just before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He gave His disciples what we have come to call The Great Commission.

Matthew 28:19 New King James Version (NKJV) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Those called to spread the Good News of Christ throughout the world have a difficult task. Not only must they learn how to teach a person who is ignorant of the Lord, some who are even overtly hostile, but they must also understand the culture of the peoples they will be visiting and the laws of the countries they will be entering.

To accomplish all this they need money. Very few people can fund their own excursions and God understands this quite well. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul on how he felt about the support he received on his trips. This passage is a clear example of scriptures on giving:

Philippians 4:14-18 New King James Version (NKJV) Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.

Also, examine the instructions of Jesus Himself when he sent the seventy out to spread the Gospel:

Luke 10:4,7 New King James Version (NKJV) Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.

Getting the Message Across

Knowing the Scriptures is a vital component in understanding our Lord's desires, but equally important is imparting this to the flock. Here are a few ideas to bring the scripture-based giving message home to the congregation.

Tithing: Propose a challenge to the church. Ask the members to commit to a period of time to regularly tithe, three months or six months perhaps, and experience the blessings themselves. Some may need counseling to accomplish this; it's not an instantaneous happening and some people will need coaching to get past the inevitable bumps in the road.

Caring for the Needy: Put on a skit with someone serving Jesus on one side of the stage, with people serving the poor on the other side. Mimic the actions of those giving food and drink to the poor with those serving Jesus.

Missionaries: The tried-and-true method is bringing those in the field into the church to speak. As they see the difference missionaries make in the lives of people in need, the knowledge that their money is well spent will encourage future giving.

Asking for money can be awkward for both parties. However, a solid understanding of scriptures on giving paired with effective communication will go a long way towards easing the discomfort. If you're looking for more great ideas on how to talk to your congregation about giving, give us a call, we'll be happy to help.

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NewFire Giving vs. PushPay: What's the Difference?

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NewFire Giving and PushPay are two similar software programs, each of which help increase donations. No matter what denomination it may be, every church needs funding to grow and thrive. Donations and contributions from members and supporters are necessary in order to maintain funding for your organization. This way, you can give back to your community and help expand the reach of your organization.

In this day and age, people may want to give but they sometimes find it challenging to do so. In order to avoid further impeding the process, the goal is to make donating quick, easy, and secure. That’s where services like NewFire Giving and PushPay come in. Each platform can help facilitate donations. But how do these two services compare? And which one is right for your growing church?

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What Is NewFire Giving?

An innovative source for church-related mission funding is here. NewFire Giving provides forward-thinking methods to contribute to church missions. The company offers online donations, as well as a convenient text-to-give option. Mobile-friendly services are a crucial part of the way our world now functions. This highly convenient text option allows members and supporters to give at their discretion, in seconds. This is a function that can drastically and instantly boost your donation rate.

Presently, more than 2,300 churches use digital giving services from NewFire Giving. Every day, more people get to know the benefits offered by this particular platform. This platform provides users with the tools and abilities to boost contributions and also educates users on how to optimize its functionality. The program is intensely focused on uncovering the best methods to increase funding. This, in turn, allows church leaders to stay focused on the mission. Thus, this takes a lot of pressure off the pastor and ministry leaders with regards to raising and securing the funds necessary for daily operations.

With NewFire Giving, churches get the platform they need to spread their message and find funding immediately.

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What Are the Advantages of NewFire Giving?

One key feature of NewFire Giving is the self-assessment quiz. The website allows you to complete a self-assessment of your church, which helps determine what the needs of your church are. That way you can get personalized software that can help maximize the funding received for your organization, rather than using generic programs that may have unnecessary, confusing features.

Another amazing benefit of using NewFire Giving is that it offers educational opportunities to all users. Learning new software programs can be a challenge. Also, coming up with strategies to help grow your church and encourage more donations can be a downright daunting task. NewFire Giving offers personalized coaching to help you navigate the software in order to maximize the program and easily expand your church. They also offer online resources for you to educate yourself so you can integrate a strategy to boost donations and contributions. Plus, you can count on your members’ security, as this platform protects privacy while simplifying the donations process.

With “industry-leading technology,” NewFire Giving also focuses on the three C's of stewardship: Clarify, Communicate, and Celebrate. The program is straightforward and easy to learn, and there are tons of resources to help you understand every element of how the platform works. The idea of communication focuses on simplifying the use of this platform among your congregation members and workers. This will allow you to continue to focus on donation growth so you can keep spreading the word about your mission and celebrate your congregation’s milestones.

What Is PushPay?

PushPay is a tech platform that helps churches fundraise. On this platform, you can state your mission and detail exactly what you need to achieve it. Then, donors can give what they want based on the easy-pay feature.PushPay is a mobile giving and engagement center.

The donation software offers a custom app. It includes finance tools and donor tools for those in the faith sector. It is also useful for education providers and nonprofit organizations. It is available in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States. One of the most popular features of PushPay is the ability for donors to choose how often they want to give. They can set up regular monthly, bimonthly, biweekly, or weekly donations.

What Are the Advantages of PushPay?

PushPay is a mobile-friendly platform and allows users to choose their own preferred donation amounts. However, it will take some time to brush up on the program itself and learn to use it to its maximum potential.

The software is a little more complex, but that’s because it also offers other tools for collecting statistics and tracking income. The PushPay app is also customizable, but that comes at a cost. The program is available in different package levels. Each one will cost slightly more than the level before it, but offers more features. To obtain a direct quote, you have to communicate with a member of the PushPay team to discuss which options suit your budget and your needs.

 

Should I Choose NewFire Giving or PushPay?

Before you can make a decision, you’ll have to evaluate the differences between NewFire Giving and PushPay. Which advantages matter most to you and your church’s growing needs?

One of the most significant differentiating factors between the two is that NewFire Giving offers practical education for users. In other words, it provides online resources and personalized coaching designed for pastors, along with their ministries, who have a stagnant or declining budget, and teaches them how to reverse this decline. It also allows for ease of communication among members to help build a solid community. PushPay’s main advantage is that it is customizable, but that comes at a higher cost.

In the end, you’ll have to choose the software program that is best for the needs of your church. The bottom line is all churches need to build a strong community that supports their growth. As churches grow, they can continue to give back and focus on their respective missions. Your software program should be simple, secure, and focused. Although NewFire Giving may be newer, it has several important key advantages that could help make a major difference in the growing needs of your church and its members.

Church Accounting Software

Church Accounting Software May Be Incomplete Without a Giving Solution

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Churches hold a special responsibility that is different from a business. Houses of faith are dedicated to a mission. They also rely on donations entrusted to the church to support its good works. On paper, it may appear that business accounting software works just as well for non-profits. In the case of churches, it falls short.

Business software solutions do not take into account the extraordinary importance of fundraising. They also do not include features that are central to many church activities, from running a thrift shop to sponsoring overseas missions.

For these reasons, church leaders should take care to choose an appropriate accounting program. Donor funds form part of a sacred trust. Therefore, a stand-alone tool to optimize the fundraising process is ideal.

We're here to help you find the right program. First we'll review some unique aspects of church accounting. Then we'll devote time to giving software and why it's essential. Finally, we'll review some accounting programs that may work well for your congregation. With these facts, you can choose the right financial tools for your church.

Church Accounting Software

Why Use Accounting Software?

Churches may not focus on making a profit, but they have to monitor cash flow. Every activity of the church is a commitment to the community. Without detailed accounting, it is a challenge to develop five- or 10-year plans — or even an annual budget. That leads to ineffective programs, since leaders cannot roll out plans of action beyond meeting short-term goals.

In addition, a church is a legal entity. It may have to show its books to authorities from time to time. Lastly, donor funds are given in good faith. Diligent accounting methods give congregants the peace of mind that their money is used appropriately.

Dealing With the IRS

Charitable organizations like churches and other religious establishments are not required to file income tax returns. This may lead some to think they do not have to worry about the IRS at all.

However, although churches are exempt from filing even an annual information return, it is just good practice to keep information on file. That way, if the exempt status is ever questioned, church leaders have paperwork to show.

Managing Church Assets

Like all organizations, churches have to keep the lights on. They have bills to pay for their core operations and special programs. Some churches may have capital assets or long-term debt.

By paying close attention to the books, churches can keep their books in the black. Knowing how much money they have can make it easier to get financing for renovations or repairs.

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How Do I Choose the Right Church Accounting Software?

In many ways, therefore, the accounting needs of a church are similar to a business. You need to know how much you owe. You need to know how much you have in cash and assets. You need to have a long-term plan to support your work and the people who do it on your behalf.

You also need to pay special attention to giving. In many ways, the overall budget and donor management work together. You can't pay the electric bill if no one donates to the church. At the same time, many churches rely simply on goodwill to get enough money coming in.

The right technology can help them to expand their capacity to accept donations. Some providers, like NewFire Giving, also provide education on how to handle fundraising. This, in addition to a full-suite software program, can help you to manage your budget and engage with your giving community.

Giving Software: NewFire Giving

What is NewFire Giving?

Our goal is to help your church track donations and increase giving opportunities. At NewFire Giving, we want to help you engage your community. NewFire Giving believes in simplifying the process through modern, digital tools. That way, church leaders can focus on their mission rather than on how to increase funding.

NewFire Giving offers a few ways for you to make your fundraising better. Our software helps you to receive payments through a variety of methods, including online, text message, smartphone app, and on-site kiosk. But what makes us different is our coaching program. Together we work to help you improve your fundraising methods. That's all while staying true to your personal ethics.

Church accounting software does not focus on fundraising. In fact, donations are just one feature of many. It's hard to overstate the importance of donor management, so this software is insufficient. Church leaders may want to use NewFire, along with a program from the list below.

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Church Accounting Software: Aplos

What is Aplos?

The Aplos Accounting program is for churches and non-profit organizations. Aplos offers “True Fund Accounting.” According to the company, you can “easily track designated funds, such as your missions fund or building fund, to demonstrate to your members that you are stewarding your gifts well.”

Demonstrating strong stewardship is essential for churches. This kind of data and reporting increases donor confidence.

The software includes payroll functionality, as well as tracking of housing allowances and tax remittances through an integrated system called Gusto. Aplos has a number of data tracking programs which may have a significant learning curve.

Aplos Customer Reviews

According to G2Crowd reviews, most users like the Aplos software. However, some users say the system has several bugs. Developers continue to add new features to the software, before fixing the existing bugs. Some have reported problems with bank reconciliation and challenges with report exports.

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Church Accounting Software: Church Windows Software

What is Church Windows Software?

Church Windows Software is ideal for beginner accountants and bookkeepers. It is a basic approach to accounting. Ideally, this software works best for small organizations. With Church Windows you can take advantage of several useful tools.

For example, the software tracks expenses and tax payments. You can compare budgets to preceding years and track running balances. Church Windows boasts “incredibly flexible reporting.”

This software does also have the capacity to track donations. It is limited, however, in that this aspect is embedded as part of the larger accounting functions.

Church Windows Customer Reviews

Some features are too complicated for users. G2Crowd reviews list some benefits, like affordability and donation tracking. Nonetheless, it may fail to be user-friendly. The company does offer customer support, but the product does not have the ease-of-use that most church leaders might seek in an accounting program.

Church Accounting Software: FlockBase Church Software

What is FlockBase?

The FlockBase Church Accounting Software system markets itself as “user-friendly church software.” This program aims to help beginners sift through the legal jargon. It also makes for simple and easy tracking of finances. One of the stated complications of church accounting is “fund accounting,” which FlockBase tries to avoid.

The goal is to simplify your day-to-day expense monitoring. FlockBase can help users extract reports for external documents and internal use. FlockBase is for small churches at present, but may have increased functionality in the future. FlockBase is church accounting software developed for your unique financial tracking demands.

FlockBase Customer Reviews

On G2crowd.com, the software system doesn't have many reviews. The only reviewer says the product is user-friendly but its appearance and interface is lacking. For church leaders in search of a simple accounting solution that works alongside a sophisticated donation solution like NewFire Giving, FlockBase may work well.

Church Accounting Software: FellowshipOne

What is FellowshipOne?

The FellowshipOne church accounting software system focuses on integration for proper financial tracking. The website reads, “Partnering with a financial software solution specifically designed for churches allows your church leadership to better align ministry goals with data and financial insight.”

The goal of this church accounting software is to help your church grow. It does this by ensuring you are on solid financial footing, without the unknowns that arise when accounting is incomplete.

FellowshipOne aims to connect all the important factors of your non-profit into one. Their true fund accounting is for non-profit organizations. You can take advantage of customer support programs, or you can speak to a software specialist.

If you want to consider FellowshipOne, you can discuss your needs with a specialist who can help you find the right plan.

FellowshipOne Customer Reviews

FellowshipOne has an average customer rating on G2Crowd.com. Most users cite the ability to track all the information in one place as the main benefit. Some users say the software is not as advanced as it should be, given the current market. Some noted when using the program that changes could take up to 24 hours to take effect.

Church Accounting Software: CDM+

What is CDM+?

This church accounting software is flexible. CDM+ is available in a cloud-based version or a desktop version. This program allows for online and mobile donations. It also works for fund accounting, contributions and donations. It's ideal for small- to medium-sized churches.

CDM+ Customer Reviews

G2Crowd reviewers say the product is a simple one, but some users question its overall value compared to the cost. Its growth potential may be limited. This means users may need new software as the congregation expands. Some users may be able to make the software work for their needs. There may not be a large-scale functionality, however.

Pair NewFire Giving With Your New Church Accounting Software

Before committing to any church accounting software system, make a list of your church's needs. Given your church's size, number of assets, and plans for local and international programs, you may want an accounting program that is streamlined or more in-depth.

At the top of that list, you'll probably include fundraising. While no one wants to take time away from the mission to focus on fundraising, this is a critical component to your church's growth. With NewFire Giving, you can keep your focus where it belongs: on the mission.

Any accounting program is best paired with NewFire Giving's comprehensive donor platform. Users benefit from the latest in giving technology, automated messaging through email and letter support, as well as one-on-one coaching. That way, church leaders can focus on the work of the church. A stronger donation program can take care of itself, keeping the church on a stable financial base.

Visit our website today to book a call at a time that is convenient for you. A specialist can guide you through the process. We can offer advice and support to help you navigate the tools most useful to your church's needs.

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