Why Do Parishes Switch Online Giving Platforms?

Posted on March 13, 2019

There is a pretty good chance your ministry accepts digital gifts in some way, shape, or form. It’s 2019 after all! A donation page on your parish website, a mobile app, text giving, and giving kiosks all benefit the overall mission of the parish.  But, what worked for your parish a few years ago may not be the best solution for you today.

With the speed that technology advances, it’s vital to reevaluate your online giving solution from time to time. This ensures your current provider is meeting your needs right now and moving forward. If you’re considering a new digital giving platform, here are the top reasons parishes switch to ParishSOFT Giving.

Better features for Catholic parishes

Some online giving products have an overwhelming number of features, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better. For the best possible experience, it’s crucial these features make sense for parishes. If your current giving platform doesn’t provide the following, it may be time to switch to ParishSOFT Giving:

  • Seamless (and automatic) integration to ParishSOFT Family Suite, including Offering and Pledges
  • Accepts credit, debit, and ACH (eChecks)
  • Customizable forms for event registration and more
  • Unlimited fund designations
  • Multiple ways to give: text, mobile, online, Facebook, and giving kiosks
  • Easy-to-manage recurring giving options

A truly affordable solution with upfront pricing
When it comes to giving platforms, pricing is a challenge because what looks like an affordable rate may not be once fees are added. Consider the total for processing fees and pricing plans to get a better idea of cost.

Know that ACH payments have lower costs, so be sure you switch to a platform that accepts eChecks. Look for flexible pricing plans and options for tiered rates. When tiered rates apply, you get lower processing fees the more people give.

Another way to help with fee costs is utilizing ParishSOFT Giving’s feature that lets donors choose the option of covering processing fees by adding them to their gift.

An admin experience that saves time and energy
Even if your current giving platform has low processing fees, if it doesn’t save your parish administrators time and energy in their days, it’s costing you more than you realize.

Have a conversation with your financial staff to discuss your giving platform. Talk about whether the control panel is easy to navigate, reporting is simple and clear to read, and integrations work the way they should.

A giving experience your parish loves
First-time donors, recurring givers, and everyone in between loves an easy giving experience. When gifts are effortless to make and easy to manage from a smartphone, tablet, or computer, people notice, and they’re encouraged to give more (and more often!).

People also appreciate a secure giving experience, so focus on switching to a Level 1 Certified PCI Compliant Service Provider like ParishSOFT Giving. Create familiarity with branded donation pages and customizable features. Remember, people want to give to your parish, not be sent to a third-party unbranded website.

Support and resources that go above and beyond
Support doesn’t stop at sign up. When you switch to ParishSOFT Giving, we consider you a partner and we’re dedicated to helping you further your mission. Our Support Team is quick to answer questions, address concerns, and help your parish utilize all our powerful features designed to inspire giving.

We encourage you to reach out to learn more about how our online giving features can keep your parish and giving organized. Call today at 866.930.4774 x6 or email parishsoftsales@parishsoft.com.

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