Church Fundraising Ideas for Modernizing Churches
21st Century Churchgoers Want to Give but Need Help
21st century church members’ desire to support the church hasn’t changed. They want to support your programs, they want to support your missionaries, and they want to help your community. They want to keep your lights on! But they need help supporting your work.
Their desire to give hasn’t changed. But their methods have. That’s why your church needs updated church fundraising ideas.
Your members don’t use cash and checks like they used to. Traditional tithing methods like collection baskets and offering plates aren’t as relevant as they once were! Instead, people are carrying debit and credit cards or spending money online. Churches need to meet their members where they are or risk losing their support.
The best way to help your members support your work is to give them multiple ways to give. Giving them options helps them choose the most convenient method – and they’re more likely to give ongoing support if doing so is convenient!
Here’s a quick guide to some popular methods in churches today.
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In Person Gifts
The act of giving as a part of a larger group is a powerful experience; it’s part of why the traditional of passing around plates for the collection is so significant! Think about giving your members a similar experience by offering ways to give in person without having to use cash or checks.
One popular way to do this is to provide an on-site kiosk that lets members make their gifts with a card. They’re easy to place in a lobby or fellowship hall, and they combine the convenience of digital giving with the tradition of giving at church itself.
Americans use the Internet for a growing number of tasks: online shopping, online bill-pay, and even online grocery shopping are exploding in popularity. An increasing number of people are also moving toward managing their church giving online.
Online giving offers advantages for churches and their members alike. For members, it’s easy to make a gift if they miss a service or if they weren’t able to give when they were at church. For churches, it’s a simple way to keep track of incoming gifts and the people who gave them. It’s also convenient for staff; digital gifts may be directly deposited to the church’s accounts instead of staff having to endorse checks and make trips to the bank.
This is a handy option for churches who have periodic offerings (like benevolence offerings or an annual offering for a missionary), paid programs (Wednesday night dinners, VBS, and the like), or campaigns to pay for larger purchases (building funds, a church bus, etc.).
Text gifts, while most suited for younger congregations, help your members give digitally on their smart phones.
Scheduling payments to utility companies and other vendors has been common for years. It’s starting to become a popular tithing method for church members, too. It’s useful for more than just paying the electric bill; it’s also a reliable way members can support the work of their church.
It’s a boon for churches, too. Members who schedule their gifts can be counted upon to provide a reliable stream of offerings, which is useful when budgeting and planning new programs. It also helps mitigate slower seasons, when factors like summer vacations and holiday travel make it difficult for members to attend services.
While digital giving makes supporting the church convenient, there’s a reason traditional methods of tithing are still around. They’re effective! Having the experience of putting a tangible gift and passing it away from you is a beautiful reminder of the sacrifices members make to support your work. And honestly, is there anything cuter than watching a kid slip a dollar into the basket as it passes by?
Including digital options for tithes and offerings doesn’t mean you should abandon more traditional methods. Expanding your offerings (pun 100% intended) just means you’re making it easier for your members to support you – and that’s exactly what they want to do.
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