A church-giving program is only as good as the tools it uses. You might have the best strategy to increase your church giving, but if you don’t have the platform or app to back it up, your success will be limited.
The big trend for 2023 and, well, forever moving forward? Mobile giving. Your church needs to be able to accept donations from a mobile phone or you’ll be missing out on over 28% of online donations that are made on mobile!
That’s why we’ve compiled 8 great mobile-friendly platforms and apps for churches in 2023. In this article, we’ll cover –
Let’s first understand exactly why mobile-friendly giving tools are so vital for churches right now.
Smartphones are everywhere. In 2023, it’s estimated that 6.8 billion people will use smartphones globally. The result of this is a significant increase in demand for mobile giving.
Churches are no exception either. According to Double the Donation, the number of mobile transactions increased by 50% last year – and desktop transactions decreased by 10%.
Churches already have a unique position when it comes to fundraising, with the bulk of their fundraising occurring in person. But it is important to note that time has changed and people no longer carry cash to their church. The above stats are indicative of that.
When you offer people a way to make donations quickly via their mobile phones, they feel more empowered to support your church! And that is why church apps and giving platforms are so vital for church fundraising in 2023.
In an increasingly cashless world, having scalable, easy-to-manage ways for congregants to give with their mobile devices means maintaining – and significantly increasing – your church’s weekly fundraising goals.
Donorbox makes it easy for your church to offer a great mobile-giving experience to your supporters. We have features like Text-to-Give, UltraSwift ™ Pay, and more that encourage church congregants to use their mobiles to quickly make a donation. Here’s a live example from a mobile-friendly church crowdfunding page hosted on Donorbox.
Here are 8 tools churches can use to increase their donations by offering supporters more mobile-giving opportunities in 2023.
We’ve segregated the list into two categories – mobile-friendly giving platforms and church apps – to make it easier for you to understand which suits your requirements the best.
Also, the platforms and apps are in no particular order; our sole aim is to highlight their best features, their pricing, and other important details to help churches make informed decisions.
Donorbox works with thousands of churches to help streamline and boost their fundraising. The donation platform is simple-to-use for you and your donors – and optimized for mobile devices.
Plus, features like Text-to-Give, QuickDonate ™, and UltraSwift ™ Pay make it easy for churchgoers to quickly make donations using their phones.
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Compatible with desktop and mobile devices (both Android and iOS).
Donorbox offers 3 pricing plans – Standard, Pro, and Premium.
Standard pricing is free to start, with a nominal 1.75% platform fee on donation forms, fundraising pages, QuickDonate ™, Peer-to-Peer org page, and Crowdfunding. For Peer-to-Peer supporter pages, Memberships, and Events, the transaction fee is 2.95%.
The Pro plan pricing is $139 a month with a flat 1.5% platform fee on all features.
In addition, there will be Stripe or PayPal processing fees. We recommend asking donors to cover all these fees because 80% of donors love to do that when asked!
Premium pricing is based on your needs and is fully customizable. It offers a premium suite of integrations, personalized support, and expert coaching. Learn more and book a demo here.
Donorbox is a one-stop shop for churches with intuitive tools that are optimized for mobile devices. From fundraising to donor management to integrations with CRM and marketing tools – and even personalized support and expert coaching – you get everything in one place.
With ample mobile-giving features like QR codes, Text-to-Give, QuickDonate ™, and digital wallet payment options via UltraSwift ™ Pay, as well as other giving options, Donorbox can help boost your overall church giving in 2023.
DigiGiv by Ministry Designs offers robust tools and support that help churches make the most of their fundraising efforts. With text-giving, recurring donations, pledge management, and more, this could be a great option for churches starting out with mobile giving.
Compatible with desktop and mobile devices.
No annual or monthly fees. DigiGiv charges 2.5% + $0.30 per transaction.
Free text-giving means churches can capture more donations during service – and at no extra cost. Which is great for smaller churches looking to start fundraising and mobile giving.
easyTithe offers the support churches need to grow a culture of generosity with mobile-friendly tools for collecting and tracking funds.
The platform and its features are compatible with desktop and mobile.
Pricing for giving plans depends on the size of the church.
Small church pricing starts at $19 a month with a 3.00% + $0.42 charge per transaction.
Small-to-midsize pricing starts at $49 a month with a 2.6% + $0.42 charge per transaction.
easyTithe Pro pricing starts at $75 a month with a 2.75% + $0.42 charge per transaction.
easyTithe clearly segregates its plans for smaller and mid-size churches, which is great for decision-making. The addition of an app that comes with the Pro plan can be valuable for churches that are willing to invest more.
Gyve is all about offering tools to help churches increase generosity by “simplifying your generosity conversation.” With features like text-giving, split donation, guest giving, and more, you’re sure to offer new and exciting mobile-giving options to your church supporters.
Compatible with desktop and mobile. They mention offering Android and iOS mobile giving apps, however, the website lacks details.
Although you have to meet with Gyve to get access to their full pricing plans, they do promise $0 a month with no setup fees for all of their features.
Gyve’s focus remains on its strong reporting and management tools. However, some of their unique giving concepts like split donation and guest giving can grab the attention of churchgoers.
Tithe.ly is an app with tons of tools for churches, including management and giving capabilities.
The Tithe.ly mobile app is available on Android and iOS stores.
The giving app includes no monthly or setup fee but they do have processing fees.
Tithe.ly offers comprehensive mobile-giving tools that engage church members – and even the ability to customize your own app! This option is great for churches that are looking to direct their giving to an app that does it all.
Pushpay makes customized apps for churches that include all kinds of church management features so congregants can stay connected and updated.
The Pushpay mobile giving app is available to download from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Though they don’t list their pricing online, Pushpay offers three plans for churches: Core, Advanced, and Complete.
Pushpay offers strong in-app giving that focuses on increasing generosity and provides churches with customization options. This church app can be a great addition for bigger churches but a bit overwhelming for smaller ones.
GoChurch App helps churches create apps to make connecting with their congregation easier. This includes online giving, too!
Custom apps are made available on iOS and Android stores for church members to download and use. Typically takes a month to be available.
Two pricing plans are available. Both charge $57 a month but depending on customizations and offered tools, the one-time setup fee varies from one plan to another.
Since GoChurch App helps churches customize their app, this creates a really engaging experience for users. It helps connect parishioners with the church and encourages them to be more generous. And as they claim on the website, the app is suitable for small and mid-sized churches.
The Church App provides churches with the ability to create their own app to capture more giving, deliver media, live stream services, and more.
The Church App is available to download from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Amazon Appstore.
Pricing is broken up between just giving and using the entire platform. The giving plan costs $0 a month, with a 1.9-2.3% + $0.30 transaction fee.
If you’d rather use the complete all-in-one solution for church management and online giving, you can book a demo on the website.
The Church App can be great for churches looking to build up their digital presence. However, it lacks diversity in terms of available giving tools and a holistic approach to church fundraising.
Churches can’t afford to miss out on the significant donations made with mobile devices. With the right mobile-friendly app or giving platform, they don’t have to either!
While looking for a church app or a giving platform for churches, it is important to keep in mind the bigger picture of fundraising.
There are several platforms that will help build a church app – but are you getting the tools you need to elevate fundraising? And what different ways can your donors give via mobile? Are they simple to use?
If your choice of platform can answer these vital questions, you’ve made the right decision!
Donorbox is an all-in-one fundraising platform built with churches and their supporters in mind. Our features are donor-friendly and optimized for mobile devices. More than 50,000 organizations including churches have used our platform to raise $1.6B+ in donations. You can be the next – sign up for free to start fundraising today!
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