While some recurring and online giving platforms lock you and your ministry into one set-in-stone way to operate, Egiving provides many options that allow you to decide exactly how you want to manage your organization’s giving in a way that makes sense for your unique ministry and giver profile. Some pivotal choices you have with Egiving are listed below, along with a few pros and cons:
Will you accept credit cards?
Some web-based giving options allow giving only through credit cards, while Egiving gives your ministry the option to provide donors with as many options as you desire. Accepting credit cards has the obvious immense advantage of widespread use and low risk of denial, compared to debit cards or EFTs from bank accounts.
However, there are disadvantages, as well. For instance, while both debit and credit cards charge percentages, credit cards cost more to accept. Another issue that comes up with accepting credit cards is the dilemma involved in potentially encouraging debt. A counterpoint to that is the fact that 40% of consumers pay off their balances each month. A middle-of-the-road position could be to allow for credit and debit card payments but to state your preference for savings or checking account transactions, instead.
Will you allow givers to manage their own accounts?
A clear benefit to allowing givers to set up and maintain their own giving accounts online is that such a set-up will appeal to most of them, making them more likely to utilize its services. However, others may be intimidated or deterred by the increased responsibility. Allowing changes to accounts will make changing giving amounts easy for your givers, but that may not be in the best interest of your ministry.
Providing your givers with the option of online account setup along with the potential for accounts to be set up by your staff may be a viable solution. Changes can be allowed online or permitted only through phone contact with your ministry. Such contact can not only deter some changes in giving, but it can also give you the chance to personally interact with your givers and thank them for their sacrifice.
How much involvement would you want from the Egiving Team?
Egiving offers more than just the technology needed to provide your givers with a secure method for recurring and web-based giving. Among the services offered, you can pick and choose the kind of support that makes sense for you. Some of the most significant offerings include Egiving’s introductory consultation, guided long-range planning, and ongoing training and support for your leadership team.
The level of involvement that you choose is entirely up to you. Regardless of the depth of your relationship with Egiving, it will be more than a business partnership: It’s a ministry-to-ministry relationship that extends beyond finances and technology.
All of Egiving’s services are provided by Kingdom-minded believers who embrace the mindset of a ministry. The prices for whatever collection of services you choose are better or comparable with what you’ll find in the secular world. However, the level of service you’ll receive with Egiving is incomparable, because Egiving is a ministry, just like yours. Their goal is to glorify God and further His Kingdom, dollar by dollar and choice by choice.