Prices include Tools, Gateways, Software Support and Strategy Tips. Processing as indicated. eGiving coaching available (donation based) from eGiving Ministries.
See the tool comparisons page for descriptions of features available.
eGiving.com is a Christian ministry of increase formed to improve Kingdom funding, especially the para-church, with electronic recurring and online giving interfaces.
eGiving.com has morphed into a giver-friendly myriad of web-related giving and tracking tools. We call it all “eGiving.”
Fiserv is eGiving.com’s legacy processor (since 2001) which owns the CheckFree component used by many eGiving.com clients. Checkfree processes the vast majority of America’s electronic checks; Checkfree was purchased by Jonas Fitness in 2013. The Stewardship Technology processor/software is a web service based partner committed to Kingdom growth. Web service processing is the future growth in the giving platform.
As of March 2014, the immense Dasco3 fundraising software is a co-laborer with eGiving.com, helping our growing clients into true integrated software.
Every required aspect of security is followed in addition to custom security measures implemented. Tools are US developed and tightly held. Processing/software pathways follow PCI-DSS certified compliance, and some are SSAE 16 audited. Funds transfer directly from the giver’s account to the ministry’s account. Relationships between givers and their ministry are direct with no interferences/involvements with eGiving.com. Our clients manage the relationships with their partners.
eGiving.com has created and assembled a variety of tools and strategies to make use of electronic payment pathways such as the following:
The following are coming soon:
View our tool comparison chart.
You could in some cases if your needs were minimal and your vision was small (i.e. you can use your bank to accommodate a handful of givers with monthly ACH). But a bank’s main interest is your deposits (average daily balance) on which they loan money (10X) and make their income. So they will sometimes provide some gateway services (which they may not support well) to keep you as a client. These tools will be rudimentary. A bank is not a ministry and does not provide strategy, marketing or leadership nor do they really understand your support needs.
We believe processing should be bank and software independent because, as time goes by, one or both may need to change. Our services and low costs are not available through your bank, because we are customized to non-profit support needs both on and off the web.
PayPal is limited to an online payment solution. Ministries need more than PayPal provides. Givers need a warm and comfortable environment in which to give (e.g. custom giving pages), and your development staff needs all the data it can get. PayPal is cold and commercial (you can liken it to taking your tithe to Bank of America). Funds need to transfer directly to ministry bank accounts. PayPal holds funds.
Ministries need real human support, but PayPal support is largely automated with canned responses. ACH (checking) giving should be inexpensive and preferable, while PayPal charges a percentage of ACH transactions. All giver information needs to be available with the purposes for each gift tracked. Recurring giving is also a critical component today for ministry increase.
eGiving.com’s solutions significantly improve online giving over PayPal, in addition to answering backend issues and providing a wider scope of giving and giver information, typically for less cost than working with PayPal.
For general small ministries (under $500k/year), effective tools would cost $80 for initial set up and $30 monthly (plus transaction fees).
Churches should use our church tools which cost $100 for initial set up and $40 monthly (plus transaction fees).
Fundraising software for large organizations (over $1 million/year; needing CRM/ecommerce/child sponsoring/etc) or rapid growth efforts starts at $2,000-10,000 for initial data conversion and then $299/month and up based on number of names in the CRM.
Transaction costs are normally $0.25 plus interchange + 10 points on credit/debit cards at nonprofit rates. These rates are highly competitive. Last year’s average for all Visa/Mastercards for all clients was 2.45%.
Due to the significantly lower fees, ACH (when a user gives electronically directly through their checking account) is the preferred stewardship giving method whenever possible.
Note: If you are developing a ministry application combining other software or providing a user interface to ministries or related nonprofits and need robust APIs for a boutique giving application, rates are $0-15/monthly per user account plus transaction fees. Developers should contact eGiving.com to discuss their project for appropriate API and associate apps and PCI issues.
Our experience in the mid-eighties with electronic payments in business is applicable to ministry. Most Americans (approx. 80%) live on monthly budgets. Their effectiveness as stewards is based on monthly faithfulness. As distracting as this culture is, electronic faithfulness is welcome by the giver and mission leaders. We see a 95% retention rate with monthly eGivers over 5 years, which is impossible without eGiving.com. Its costs are the least and its impact to planning and mission unquestionably valuable.
Tools and strategies eGiving.com offers have become so common place today, even demanded by those desiring strongly to fulfill their call to give. Historically, the introduction of these payment methods into the Kingdom was awkward. “Fear of man is a snare,” and we saw quite a bit of that in the early 2000s. But we also saw those who understood the value of these methods to mission and who did stunning things with these tools. Leadership is everything.
Some board members and leaders may not understand that the web is actually much more secure than U.S. Mail. We all know someone who lost mail, and we may have even experienced that ourselves. Yet who has ever heard of a payment gateway on the web compromised? We have not. The coming generations are capable of excellent stewardship, but most ministries cannot accommodate their payment styles comfortably. Any eGiving progress you can make will be a blessing to the mission. It is especially important for leadership to understand their role in successfully communicating giving guidance to givers that will enhance the mission, not limiting their requests by their own fears. Let us help you. Working closely with eGiving.com’s resources will help your organization’s integration into this new century’s giving tools.
The eGiving.com church tools used to have a progressive introduction of features over a year’s time, depending on the demographics of that Body, leading up to member access to giving accounts. As time brought more of the Body into becoming familiar with similar tools for payments outside the church, we have shortened the introduction to having core members and admin get comfortable using the tools themselves, then introducing the feature on your website in its entirety on one Sunday.
Web/mobile access for single gifts, opening a giver account and establishing recurring giving and providing paper forms for non-webbers who would set up a recurring tithe can all be handled in one day. Appropriate leadership encouragement on a regular basis for church members to participate is key. Younger members (under 45) using their own accounts to give by project, payment method and dates increases giving. Non-account single giving also serves those who are not deeply connected. Encouraging electronic FirstFruit automatic giving helps members be successful, while reducing seasonal slumps in cash flow. It is all quite self-explanatory now which means leaders just need to refer to it regularly. eGiving.com provides plenty of coaching.
Pregnancy centers and inner-city missions, offshore missions, and traveling evangelists can build a solid support base with eGiving.com. Radio stations, Christian schools, scout type groups and Royal Rangers, etc., TV ministries and channels, Bible ministries, and global and local charities etc. Really, anybody doing the Lord’s work that needs a support base will be enormously blessed by eGiving.com.
Credit/Debit card processing is often a new adventure for ministries. This link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_account explains the system. Your eGiving.com tools are hard-wired to the Merchant Account gateway, and eGiving.com processes your cards at great rates while tracking givers and the purposes of giving automatically.
Step One gives us your information for our files; we will send you appropriate apps. Step Two creates the software and processor link and trains you in software usage. Step Three is ongoing development strategy support.