Making the case for credit card giving

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2017 2:04:59 PM

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Do you remember the movie Jerry Maguire? In it, the character Rod Tidwell hollers at his agent, “help me help you.” Churchgoers are asking the same of their churches when it comes to electronic giving.

Our own Churchgoer Giving Study showed a clear preference for e-Giving options among regular churchgoers of all ages. e-Giving helps churches collect contributions more consistently, smooths out ups and downs in giving and can increase overall donations. Our client Faithpoint United Methodist Church offers one such example.

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Should churches stop passing the collection plate?

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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e-Giving still has plenty of room to grow, but various surveys show that churches have adopted it at a steady pace over the past few years to offer contribution options that today’s churchgoers prefer, no matter what their age.

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Give+ Mobile named to 2016 Hot Products List

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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It’s the end of one year and the beginning of the next, so the inevitable top lists are out — the 40 biggest songs, 50 best movies and 100 best-selling books of 2016. And, of course, the top 10 smartphone apps of the year — dominated by Facebook (number one) and Google (most spots on the list), as was true the previous year, according to The Nielsen Company.

We’re proud that Vanco has made one top list that’s very important to us: Religious Product News named our Give+ Mobile app one of the publication’s 2016 Hot Products & Services for the church market. The list reflects the “best of the best,” the magazine said of its annual roundup, which is included in the December issue.

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2016 in Review: Giving your members choices

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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We’ve talked a lot this year about how important it is to offer members choices in how they give to your church. Smartphones and the Internet have changed how we do so many things, including how we make charitable gifts.

A look back at our 10 most popular blogs of 2016 shows that many of you share our interest in that topic and how it relates to setting up your financial stewardship program. Here are the conversations we’ll remember and revisit in the New Year:

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Merry Christmas from Vanco Payment Solutions!

Posted by Vanco Payment Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Giving when options align with your emotions

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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I’ve wanted to make a donation three times in the past two weeks, but only succeeded once — and that was because the church offered online giving. My gift was also more than double what it would have been if I’d only been able to give cash or write a check.

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How your church can participate in Giving Tuesday

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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For the past four years, Giving Tuesday has followed the widely recognized post-Thanksgiving shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day kicks off the giving season, when many people in the U.S. focus on holiday and year-end giving.

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A time to express thanks

Posted by Sally Grantham

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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This week, we welcome back Sally Grantham from partner ACS Technologies to the Vanco blog. Sally shares a mother’s thoughts on being thankful and being thanked, and she reflects on how this can apply to your church’s giving program.

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Could your church survive a downturn in giving?

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

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It’s a simple equation: When people have more, they’ll give more. So when the economy is good, charitable giving increases.

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Sharing your mission with your congregation

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2016 2:30:00 PM

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Many people give to their church because they want to make the world a better place to live. They want to know that their charitable giving is making a difference in the world, and believe that the work their church does in the community meets that goal for them.

That belief motivates almost 75 percent of churchgoers to give to their churches, according to research we did last year. In order to capture that generosity, churches have a lot of work to do to let their congregations know how their giving makes a difference.

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