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Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online Giving Grew 8% in 2016 But Don’t Forget Snail Mail!

Online giving grew 8% in 2016 but don’t forget Snail Mail!  If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that I am a huge proponent of online giving.  I believe digital giving is here to stay and the sooner we accept that the better off we will be.  Having said that let me state that online giving still only accounts for 10% of all charitable giving! What this means for you and your church is you had better not have all your eggs in one basket!  I have been preaching multiple platforms for some time. […]

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How Recurring Online Giving Can Help You Avoid the Summer Slump

How Recurring Online Giving Can Help You Avoid the Summer Slump

Would you like to know how recurring online giving can help you avoid the summer slump in giving?  A few years ago I began to write about the importance of having online giving for a church.  At the time, 2011, LifeWay Research had just published a report that showed that only 14% of American churches had online giving.  I have long contended that in order to increase giving at our churches we must make giving easy.  There is virtually no easier way to give than through online giving. Here is a real life story of a pastor reading my blog, […]

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The Future of Giving? It Ain’t Paper!

The Future of Giving? It Ain’t Paper!

In 2013 I shared a presentation entitled, “The Future of Giving?  It Ain’t Paper!  After this weekend’s Black Friday holiday shopping now more than ever is this true.  Monday’s Wall Street Journal’s Business and Finance section had a lead article entitled, “Mobile Further Crowds Retail.”  Consider what they found from the Thanksgiving 2016 shopping period called Black Friday… 99 million people shopped in physical stores but, 109 million shopped online! 18% increase in online spending on Thanksgiving and Black Friday over ’15 -11% decline in Black Friday visits with sales dropping 10% 60% of Wal-Mart Black Friday online sales came […]

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Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

Can You Give Me a Call at Your Convenience?

“Can you give me a call at your convenience,” was the question a member of Giving365 texted me recently.  He stated, “I have a short question for you that I would rather ask by phone about an upcoming offering talk.  I need less than five minutes of your time.”  I had actually taken a break from writing and was on a walk.  I immediately texted him my phone number and we talked for perhaps no more than five minutes.  What makes this so remarkable? First, it is the fact that several days before Sunday this pastor was thinking and planning […]

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Go Mobile or Get Left Behind

If you are concerned about increasing giving at your church you had better go mobile or get left behind!  If you think I am being alarmist consider the recent headline of an article I read that said, “Mobile Payments Will Make Credit and ATM Cards Almost Obsolete.” That might not cause most in the church world to sit up and take note but consider this, few people today carry cash and almost no one carries a checkbook.  Yet Sunday after Sunday we pass an offering plate hoping to collect money from people who have no means to contribute. The world […]

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How Online Giving Can Help You Avoid the Summer Slump

Would you like to know how online giving can help you avoid the summer slump in giving?  A few years ago I began to write about the importance of having online giving for a church.  At the time, 2011, LifeWay Research had just published a report that showed that only 14% of American churches had online giving.  I have long contended that in order to increase giving at our churches we must make giving easy.  There is virtually no easier way to give than through online giving. Here is a real life story of a pastor reading my blog, taking my […]

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