Jan Jasmin

Jan Jasmin is the Charitable Giving Evangelist for Faith-based Sales for Vanco Payment Solutions.

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[Video] Find Out in 5 Minutes What Motivates Your Givers

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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There’s a lot of value in understanding the types of givers within your church.

Churches range in size from 10 to 10,000-plus members. With such a wide variety, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to getting each person to support the church financially. That’s why we gathered data to find trends and insights on giving and givers .

Based on our survey of more than 1,000 churchgoers, Vanco discovered four types of givers within churches across the U.S. We call them Futures, Core, Established and Sustainers. The groups are different in age, life stage and social media and technology adoption. Understanding and meeting the needs of these giving types is a step toward financially engaging your members. 

If you like, you can stop reading right here and watch our new video, Options for All: Making It Easy for Everyone to Give to Your Church, to learn more. 

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3 tips for managing ministry in a growing church

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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Church growth can be exciting, but also challenging. As well-known Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor Tim Keller observes, “Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions ... The ‘size-culture’ profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, and how its staff operates.

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The money talk made easier

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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More than half of American families live paycheck to paycheck, according to Bankrate’s Money Pulse survey, with little or no money for emergencies or extras. And when people are in that situation, charitable giving often becomes one of those extras.

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When enough really isn’t enough

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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When it comes to how well your church’s needs and your congregation’s giving match up, members may genuinely believe you have enough money to accomplish all that’s necessary to sustain the church and its missions.

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How to know when it’s right to innovate

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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We talk a lot about the many innovations shaping the modern church — everything from digital screens in the sanctuary to e-Giving options such as kiosks and mobile apps and social media for engaging people of all ages.

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5 tried-and-true ways to accomplish big changes in the church

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Technology innovation within the church is nothing new. It’s likely you have a website and are communicating with members by email and digital newsletters. In doing so, you’ve already adopted technology that goes a long way in keeping you in conversation with your community.

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Engage members with social media during the summer

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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Many churches — perhaps yours included — budget for the year based on church population, average total attendance and median giving per person per year. We also know that summer attendance tends to drop far below the average for other times of the year.

If attendance equals giving, and summer equals low attendance, the vital question is: How can your church stay connected with members as they focus on beach trips and summer camp instead of your June and July worship series?

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Creating connection in today’s church

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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Since its earliest days, the American church has been a place where neighbors came together, growing a community through shared experiences and social opportunities. People valued being seen at church on Sunday and involved throughout the week. Children learned values in church and developed relationships that often lasted a lifetime. In every town and city, the steeples were the highest point on the horizon, and the churches were just as central to the shape of the community and its culture.

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The collateral beauty of change

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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2017 1:15:08 PM

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I recently watched the Will Smith movie Collateral Beauty, which centers on his character, Howard, and his response to a terrible loss. The unusual title — indeed, the theme of the movie — is illuminated during a conversation in which an older woman tells a younger one not to miss the collateral beauty in a death she is facing.

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In this community, generosity is a way of life

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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2017 12:50:00 PM

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We’re living in an age of connectedness. Terms like sharing economy, peer-to-peer and crowdsource have leapt from concepts to accepted norms. From offerings like Airbnb to Indiegogo, Americans are actively creating ways to combine resources and help one another experience more, do more

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