Donations through technology
Contactless donation units, online giving and giving by text message.
As we connect with more people online than ever before, don’t miss the opportunity to enable people to give financially to your church.
Parish resources has a dedicated page for information about different online giving providers and what to look out for.
They also have a page on digital giving: providing useful guidance on a range of ways to receive donations digitally; such as text giving, crowd funding, church management apps and card payments.
You can now also add a ‘Donate Now’ button to your ‘A Church Near You’ page. This short video shows just how easy it is to add a donate button to your ‘A Church Near You’ homepage. There is also a handy PDF guide here to help you.
Contactless donation units
Goodbox offer cost-effective donation units which are tailored to charities to help them to accept contactless donations.
This new technology allows churches to accept donations from both regular and occasional visitors who carry little to no cash, for example, at weddings or baptisms.
These units can be used offline, with transactions being processed once the unit has either a wi-fi or 3G signal at a later point. Due to the increase in the minimum donation required under the gift aid small donations scheme (GASDS) to £30 per donation from April 2019, it is also possible for parishes to claim GASDS on these donations, uplifting them by a further 25%. For example, a donation of £5 with GASDS claimed would result in the parish receive a net donation of £6.12 (Goodbox charge a flat fee of 2.5% per transaction, in this case 13p).
Giving by text message
Unfortunately, JustGiving, the text giving service offered by Vodafone ceased on the 31 March 2019.