One of the most important ways a donation management system can help a church grow is by empowering church leaders by organizing data and providing insightful reports. Most donation programs are simple transaction-gatherers: they accept a donation online or mobile, maybe have a list of transactions or a graph or two, and that's it. We think there should be more.
Giving kiosks are an innovative and eye-catching way to collect donations, but selecting the right donation system for your organization's needs can be challenging. There are a LOT of options on the market - what should you look for in a donation kiosk?
There’s no way around it – non-profit finances are complex and time-consuming. Every new stage in growth only adds to that burden – more people to keep track of, more special funds to separate and record, and more payment methods (offline/online/kiosk/mobile) to accept. A good donation system will increase your processing ability – but the best donation systems will simultaneously reduce administrative burden on your staff and volunteers.
When deciding on an online giving platform for your church or non-profit, you need to to do your due diligence. Do the math and look at the actual cost to your organization. In this continuation of our ”Choosing The Best Online Giving” blog series, we’re going to get a more in-depth look at rate structures.
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?