Ann Arbor, Mich. — July 29, 2011 —ParishSOFT announced today that the Catholic Dioceses of Salina, San Jose, Steubenville, Colorado Springs and the Archdiocese of Detroit have all selected the company’s Web-based Online Giving solution to provide a secure electronic giving option for their donors.
These five arch/dioceses altogether serve more than 2.2 million Catholics, and their decision to offer Online Giving will likely come as no surprise to the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC), which reported as early as 2008 that, “The availability of donations by electronic funds transfer is the single most important factor in increasing annual offertory per parish in a diocese.”
Indeed the ability to give online has significant advantages to parishes and dioceses alike in terms of planned giving and increased income, “basket-to-bank” transparency and automated posting, and convenience for today’s families, who are increasingly handling their personal financials and charitable giving via the Internet.
Not only was ICSC’s prediction correct, it turns out charitable donations are on the rise. According to a Giving USA Foundation study released on June 20, 2011, total charitable giving from individual Americans rose 2.7% from 2009 to 2010. The trend is expected to grow, according to a recent study published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which projects that more than half of all donations in 2011 will be made electronically.
Tim Dockery, director of business development and Online Giving product manager at ParishSOFT, said, “Having a robust Online Giving system is no longer an option but a necessity for churches and dioceses.”
ParishSOFT’s Online Giving provides arch/dioceses a flexible electronic giving solution that they can brand to have the same look and feel as their annual appeals, so parishioners who enter the system directly from their arch/diocesan website know they’re in the right place. And because the system works with ParishSOFT’s Diocesan Development Manager (DDM) and Offering & Pledges modules and many other popular fundraising and offertory management programs, Online Giving supports the current development processes and reporting needs in place at any arch/diocese or parish.
Since its release in June 2009 through July 29, 2011, more than 609 Catholic arch/dioceses and parishes have offered Online Giving to their parishioners, and they stand to collect an estimated $44.3 million in annualized giving. That number is growing steadily and rapidly as parishioners come on board. Dockery stated, “Partnership with our customers and focus groups have been and continue to be instrumental in making Online Giving the powerful stewardship tool that it is today. We’re really pleased to offer such a robust program as part of our complete data management solution for the Church.”
The Diocese of Salina has just begun implementing Online Giving. See how the Dioceses of Colorado Springs, San Jose, and Steubenville and the Archdiocese of Detroit present their giving options to parishioners by clicking the links below:
Archdiocese of Detroit http://www.aodonline.org/CSA
Diocese of Colorado Springs http://www.diocs.org/WaysToGive/CatholicFoundation.aspx
Diocese of San Jose http://www.dsj.org/ways-to-give/online-giving
Online Giving was developed in partnership by ParishSOFT, Our Sunday Visitor, American Church Inc., and Church Management Solutions. For more information, please visit www.parishsoft.com or view ParishSOFT’s Online Giving Made Easy video on ParishSOFT’s YouTube channel.
Founded in 1998, ParishSOFT offers a complete suite of church and diocesan management software to connect people and the church and to reduce administrative work. ParishSOFT continually invests in improving its software and Web solutions, as well as adding new features and products. ParishSOFT presently serves more than 5,200 parishes and 52 arch/dioceses. Visit www.parishsoft.com for more information about ParishSOFT’s products and services.