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Fast, mobile giving for smartphones
Robin Staple | February 24, 2014 | ChurchSuite Updates

Fast, mobile giving for smartphones

We’re excited to announce the release of ChurchApp Donate via SMS, the latest addition to our Giving module that makes arranging donations quicker and easier than ever before.

Giving Reimagined for the Smartphone Age

With more and more of our customers using ChurchApp Donate for their online giving, we've had lots of requests for a tool that enables churches to receive donations via text message. The problem with a lot of text message donation systems out there seems to be that they only support one-off micro-donations, like £1, £2, £5, £10 etc.

But with ChurchApp Donate via SMS we've gone back to the drawing board and completely reimagined giving for the smartphone age. Not only can givers make one-off donations of any size, but they can even make monthly donations. All from their smartphone!

How does this work?

The process is really simple. For a giver to set up a recurring or one-off donation from their smartphone all they need to do is to send a simple text message to 60777 containing your church’s TextLocal keyword followed by ‘give’ and the amount they want to give; adding an ‘m’ at the end if they want their donation to recur monthly.

Some examples:

  • "KHC give 500" would pre-fill the form for a one-off £500 donation.
  • "KHC give 100m" would pre-fill the form for a £100/month donation.
  • "KHC give 250 125m" would pre-fill the form for a one-off £250 and also a £125/month donation.

Here's what this would look like in practice:

So, in other words: "give 50/month to King's Hope Church."

What happens next?

The giver then receives a text containing a link to your church’s Donate page, which they can follow with the simple tap of a finger.

When they get to the Donate page, all the information is filled out (one-off amount, regular monthly amount and even their email address if their record is found in the Address Book) and awaiting their final confirmation:

And that's it - it really is that simple! By eliminating hassle and putting fast, stress-free giving right at your givers' fingertips, we hope ChurchApp Donate via SMS will empower your fundraising efforts.

If you're interested in using this or just want to find out more about it, please get in touch.

Post by Robin Staple

Robin Staple, ChurchApp