Jan Jasmin

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

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Why Smart Phones in Church Can Be a Good Thing

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[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2015 9:03:00 AM

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It’s distracting and so annoying when someone at church is either checking email, texting or on the phone. But what if you could use smart phones to engage the audience in a way that adds value for the church and the member? That’s where give-by-text solutions come in.

Give-by-text enables members to give spontaneously when they are moved by a message from the pulpit. It’s a ‘Hallelujah!’ that lets members put their money where their mouths are. It also allows members and guests to participate in the donation plate even if they do not have cash or checks with them. That is no small service since the number of people who carry cash and checks has fallen sharply as online and mobile bill paying trend sharply upward.
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Is Your Church in Sync With the Science of Generosity?

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Did you know there is science behind generosity? We’re not talking about analytics – i.e., “x” amount of outreach produces “x” amount of financial results. We’re talking about the psychology of giving – the physical and emotional effects members feel when they support the mission of their church. 

In his book, The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer outlines studies showing that acts of kindness work like an anti-depressant and increase serotonin – the “feel good” hormone.

The best part of this is that the serotonin increase happens for both the giver and receiver. This explains why so many people who are generous with their time, money or both say that they received more than they gave.

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Key Takeaways on Maximizing e-Giving from the Church Network Conference

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2015 2:33:00 PM

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Hello from a long and productive week on the road! Many members of our team were on hand to talk to church business administrators at The Church Network conference powered by the National Association of Church Business Administrators (NACBA). We walked away with some great insights.

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View From the Pew: A Worn Out Woman Like Me

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 7, 2015 9:39:23 AM

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There is an abundance of talented women writers flourishing today who combine a love of faith and family to illuminate the view-from-the-pew in church and at home. Here are three bloggers to add to your summer reading list:

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Is e-Giving Growing the Donation Plate or Just Changing It?

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2015 8:03:32 AM

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One of the most frequent questions we get from churches and nonprofits considering adding online giving options is whether e-Giving is growing the donation plate, or just replacing cash and check donations that would come in anyway. 

It’s a good question, and in the early days of electronic giving it was harder to make that distinction. But data now shows that online giving is growing at a much faster rate than overall giving. 

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How to Increase Summer Generosity – without the Guilt

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2015 1:41:01 PM

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Summer is ON, and with it comes all the fun stuff like temperate, weather and vacations. But for church administrators, summer can also mean a big-time budget hit. Your church still needs to stay in operation while your members are traveling! So how do you get them to notice? One timeworn strategy is guilt -- but is it an effective one? 

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Key Highlights from the ACST Ideas to Impact Conference

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2015 9:17:35 AM

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We had a great time seeing so many of our clients and meeting new church friends at the ACS Technologies Ideas to Impact conference in Dallas, Texas. And it was so wonderful to share the experience with a dozen people from both our Atlanta and Minneapolis offices. Here are some highlights and insights! 

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Money is No Laughing Matter for Churches. Well, Sometimes…

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2015 10:45:49 AM

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Anyone who has worked in a church office knows that raising funds, particularly in summer months, is a challenge. But the continual mission to raise funds must be somewhat funny to church folks and members since there are so many humorous stories about stewardship and giving. We’ve gathered some of the best to bring you a chuckle. Enjoy!

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2 Key Strategies to Beat the Summer Giving Slump

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[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2015 9:46:00 AM

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Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year. Unless, of course, you are a church that sees sharply declining donations while school is out and families are traveling. It’s scary to dip into savings to cover the budget shortfall. But it’s a scenario that plays out every summer for so many churches. Grab these 2 key strategies to get over the hump of your summer slump.

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Funniest Church Bulletin Errors and Putting April Fools Day to Good Use

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[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2015 8:17:00 AM

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We’ve all done it. Sent a text with an embarrassing auto-correct message. Or pressed send on an email with unfortunate typos. But our errors are not always broadcast in a church bulletin! So today we salute the busy church staffers in charge of the bulletin and Sunday announcements who occasionally miss something in proofreading and give us all a good laugh. We laugh with you, and ask only that you keep fessing up to your bloopers.

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