Online Giving and Donations for Churches and Nonprofits

online giving for churches - nonprofit donationsMore and more people are growing accustom to paying their bills and giving to charities online.

Providing a way for your supporters or church members to give online can help them give more consistently. It can also help your church or nonprofit increase giving.

It’s fast. It’s easy. It doesn’t require people to carry cash or  a checkbook.

YODA – Your Online Donation App

OurChurch.Com has partnered with Tithe.ly to create YODA (Your Online Donation App). YODA facilitates the online processing of credit card and checking account donations.  We also integrate a “Give” button into your website to make it easy for your website visitors to give one time or setup recurring giving.

Waiving the Set-up Fee!

For a limited time we are waiving the $99 setup fee.

The only requirement is that your website must have an SSL certificate.  An SSL certificate encrypts the credit card and bank info during transactions, protecting it from thieves and hackers.

If you don’t yet have an SSL you can order a monthly SSL or get 2 months free when you order an annual SSL.

If you already have an SSL, contact our support team and let us know you want to add online giving.

Online Giving Screenshot

We got lots of replies in response to the announcement about YODA.  Several people asked to see how YODA works, so below is a screenshot of the giving form.

YODA-online-giving-form

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have received lots of other good, very specific questions about YODA, so we’ll address them below…

Q: What are the transaction fees?

Credit/Debit cards: 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction
AMEX: 3.5% plus 30 cents per transaction
ACH: 1% plus 30 cents per transaction

Q: Are there refund costs?

No

Q: Are there any monthly minimums?

No

Q: After a person makes a donation, where does the money go? Will we need to use our bank account or is it like paypal where the money is held there and we can request the money then be sent to our checking account?

It’s kind of like PayPal except you don’t have to request the money be sent to your bank account. When a supporter makes a donation (or a recurring donation is made), the money is held for 2-7 days (depending on the type of transaction) by the transaction processor and then it is automatically transferred into the bank account you designate.

Q: Is this a viable alternative to PayPal?

Yes. It’s a better option than PayPal because 1) it’s easier to use than PayPal, 2) it gives supporters the option to donate from a bank account (can’t do that with PayPal), and 3) donations are automatically transferred to your bank account without you having to repeatedly request them.

Q: How does the Kiosk Giving work? Where is the Kiosk?

Every tablet, laptop, or desktop computer instantly turns into a giving Kiosk. Enable giving for your members and visitors as they enter or leave your building, fellowship with their friends, or enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafe.

Q: What is the optional text option? How does this work?

Your organization gets its own giving phone number. The first time someone wants to use text-to-give, they text “give” to your number. They get an automated text reply with a link. They tap the link and enter their payment info. In the future, anytime they want to give, they just text the amount to your giving phone number (e.g. “50” to give $50).   Cost to add this option is $19/mo.

Q: Is YODA available only to OurChurch.Com site owners or is it available to everyone?

Yes, the offer is only available to organizations whose websites we host. If you have a website hosted elsewhere and you’re considering a new website, now would be a good time to do it. Can I answer any questions for you about our WP-EZ Website Builder or would you like to schedule a call to discuss a custom designed website?

Q: Will YODA integrate with my church management system or client management system so donations are added to members/supporters giving statements?

All transactions can be exported as .csv (exel) and can then be imported into almost any ChMS (church management system) or CRM (client relationship manager). There is direct integration with some ChMSs and CRMs with more coming. If you want to check on a specific system, call or email our support team.

Q: What if our organization is already setup with another online giving system or wants to use a different online giving processor? Can we integrate that into our website?

Yes. You can use any online giving platform (PayPal, E-giving, etc.) with your OurChurch.Com website. Your service provider will give you HTML code to embed into your website.  For help with embedding HTML code into your website, see WP-EZ 2.0 Help Embedding HTML or WP-EZ 1.0 Help Embedding HTML.

Q: How do I get started with YODA?

If you don’t yet have an SSL Certificate,  order one. We have a monthly SSL option, or get 2 months free when you order an annual SSL. It takes 1-3 days for us to setup a new SSL Certificate. Once we have completed the setup of your SSL, we will email you instructions explaining what you need to do next to setup online giving.

If you already have an SSL, contact our support team and let us know you want to add online giving.