Jan Jasmin

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

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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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Seniors and e-Giving Go Together Better Than You Might Think

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[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Are you including seniors in your e-Giving outreach? Or perhaps you are reluctant to even launch electronic giving at your church because you have a high proportion of seniors in your membership. You are not alone in that thinking. Many churches tend to believe that seniors will be resistant to embracing electronic donations.

Here is a brand new case study showing just how powerful seniors can be in driving electronic giving. In this vibrant church where the average age is 60, e-Giving provides 25% of the donation plate.

The top success strategies that led to a huge growth in e-Giving for this church, especially among seniors, were not complicated and expensive campaigns. They were simple but effective steps.

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Finding The Heart of Electronic Giving

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[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 17, 2015 9:33:18 AM

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It’s such a simple thing – the physical act of putting cash or a check in the donation basket or plate. The ritual is a valuable part of coming together as a community to support the mission. So how do you replicate the same kind of mindfulness and heart with electronic giving? This is a challenge for some faith-based organizations as they onboard e-Giving as an option for members.

Here are some ways to both put e-Giving in context and to provide members with the same feeling of shared responsibility that comes with putting their donation in the plate.

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6 Questions Faith-Based Communities Have About e-Giving

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2015 8:56:00 AM

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Electronic giving provides faith-based organizations the ability to increase general revenue and smooth their donation stream during traditional down-times, like summer when members are on vacation. So why wouldn’t organizations want to launch an electronic giving solution? Here are six frequently asked questions that reveal common concerns, and answers that can provide clarity in decision-making.

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