If you're in the market for online giving, finding a company with good rates is only a part of the overall assessment. You need to look at the overall value of the service, and whether or not the service not only works for you, but helps you accomplish your goals as a church or non-profit.
- Is it built well?
- How much maintenance does it require?
- Will it accomplish everything that you need it to?
- Can it be delegated to a volunteer or part-time staff person?
- Does it help you make strategic decisions for the future of the organization?
A full solution, not just a plug-in
From its very beginning, GivingFire was developed for the sole purpose of providing churches and non-profits with excellent online giving. It's our only goal and we're constantly thinking of new ways to make the process better for donors and admins alike.
Many other platforms added online giving as an afterthought. A company had a great product - a church management system like Fellowship One or a social network like The City - and thought that online giving would be a nice addition. It lets them charge more for minimal work, so they built a platform to add value to their existing product rather than building it as a product itself.
In many cases, this results in a lot of oversights and defects that detract from the value of the platform, and ongoing support and upgrades is minimal or non-existent. They're working on their core product, not online giving.
At GivingFire, donations is ALL we do, not just some fluff to get you on board.
All of our time and attention has gone into creating the most streamlined and simple product on the market. The kinks have been thought through so you will spend less time trying to figure out problems and glitches in the software and more time doing your job: serving others.
User-Friendly & Strategic
There are really two users who we have focused on when building GivingFire: the administrator and the donor. From the front-end to the back-end we have sought to create a beautifully designed program that is intuitive and easy to figure out.
Within the life-cycle of an organization, there is little-to-no time to get trained on using complicated software, especially if you're only able to delegate this to a volunteer or an intern.
You shouldn’t need a degree in accounting to run reports on your online donations.
We also know that your donors will want a simple process that they can set up and be reminded of once a month when their donations occur without any hassle.
What If Our Needs Change?
Finally - does the software add value to your organization not only now, but in the future.
- What if you grow?
- What if your needs change?
- Will the rates remain reasonable?
The last thing you need is to switch software and learn a new system every time your organization enters a new season. Most tiered pricing plans aren't fair for smaller organizations. Then when you switch to a higher tier, you get more hidden fees for extra admin users or kiosk software.
GivingFire is created to grow as you grow.
From church plants raising support to established church seeking to implement giving kiosks, GivingFire will be there for you. We serve organizations of all sizes, for the same rate - no charging extra for more users, no charging extra to use kiosks, and fair rates for all sizes. This is what you can expect with us - always.
Check back soon for part two of Heath's blog, where we break down rate structures so you can see what you're actually paying. New to GivingFire? We're passionate about solid donation management for churches and non-profits, and we're trying to bring honesty and transparency to a murky industry. If you need help figuring out donations, we'd love to talk. Contact us HERE or take a look at our main site at givingfire.com.