This morning I checked in and read Joe Luedtke’s post “Why This Blog Is Important” and one thing (plus others) really stood out to me, “I pay all my bills online except for the check I write each week to the Church. ” It’s one of those things I’ve been suggesting at my own parish for several years now to no avail. There are several very beneficial reasons I’ve been suggesting it too.
- Statistically donations tend to increase about 15% with Churches that offer this option to parishioners. What parish doesn’t want to see their donations increase? Silly question, right? Right. There is typically a transaction fee which is usually a small percentage of each transaction, but this costs is “wiped out” by the increase in donations and other cost savings.
- Automate the giving process for parishioners. Online giving solutions typically allow parishioners to set up automatic withdrawals for the amount they choose. No having to worry about having checks written while you’re trying to get the kids ready to get to Mass.
- Reduces workloads in your office at tax time. No need to worry about getting those statements out as parishioners can access and print their own records. With this you also reduce costs of printing and mailing.