Tithe.ly | PushPay vs. Tithe.ly Church Giving
Looking at PushPay? Learn what you need to know about Tithe.ly & why it's a better church online giving tool compared to PushPay. PushPay's leading competition, Tithe.ly!
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Tithe.ly vs. PushPay (eChurch)

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Hi there.

Evaluating Tithe.ly and PushPay™ (aka eChurchGiving / eChurch) as part of your church online giving comparison? Or considering switching from PushPay™ and looking into competitive church giving solution like many churches have? That’s a healthy thing to do as there are always competitors and competition in the market.

We want to make the decision as easy as possible, so we’ve put together some info that’ll help you decide which option is best for you.

Below, you’ll find information to help you compare Tithe.ly and PushPay™ (aka eChurchGiving / eChurch), including features, customer experiences, pricing and thoughts from current Tithe.ly customers who have made the switch.

We hope this helps… (don’t miss the comparison chart at the bottom after you’ve read the detail)

Note: We’re obviously biased :), but we want to be factual and accurate in our information sharing so PLEASE let us know if we’ve misrepresented anything or have anything incorrect. We’ll make changes promptly if needed. You can contact us here.

1) Built by Pastors with a Ministry Mindset

Tithe.ly was made by ministry minded folks and pastors to help build the Kingdom. We want to help churches and ministries increase giving and generosity so that you can better serve your community and reach the world for Jesus. One of the Tithe.ly founders was a pastor for 30 years, our lead developer is the worship director at his church, another partner was a youth pastor for 4 years, and the rest of the employees at Tithe.ly are active in their local church.

2) 5 Ways to Give in One Platform (with a 6th coming in Q2 2107 – mobile swipe)

Tithe.ly gives you five ways to give packed into one platform. We focus on making each of these tools awesome so that you have best-in-class giving for your members. Our goal is to ensure you can offer many ways to give so that members can pick the one that suits them best.

  • Mobile Giving App – iPhone or Android, we’ve got you covered. Download the Tithe.ly church giving app from either app store. The app allows users to store their card info, see giving history, manage account info, setup recurring giving, and more. True frictionless giving in seconds!
  • Text to Give (in text) – True in-text giving. Meaning, your church can give money directly through a text message, not by receive a link in a text that when clicked opens up on the web.
  • Online Giving– Instead of redirecting you to a 3rd party page (eg. taking them OFF your church website) that could cause mistrust or confusion for givers, we keep givers right on your website with the Tithe.ly online giving form.
  • Kiosk – Load up the Tithe.ly dedicated giving Kiosk app on any iPad, Android, or Windows tablet and viola, you have a giving Kiosk in any location you need. Plus, Tithe.ly has taken extra precautions to ensure giver data is secure and people can’t give with someone else’s account.
  • Admin Gift Entry – Single gift or batch gift entry, Tithe.ly allows administrators to quickly and easily enter gifts that were written on envelopes or by other means. The admin gift entry tool allows you to pull up member records and auto fill 90% of the information so all you have to do is enter the gift amount!
  • Mobile swipe coming in Q2 2016!

3) Live in Minutes & No Merchant Account Needed

That’s right. It literally takes 5 minutes or less to signup for Tithe.ly and the second you hit the final submit button you’re live. Not paperwork. No new merchant accounts. No 2-3 day waiting period to “go live”. You simply fill out an online form in minutes … and viola … you’re live.

4) Church Branding

Everything we communicate to those who use our products is about giving and ministry not “paying”. In addition to that, we’ll soon be putting even more control in the hands of churches that use our product – allowing you to customize the design of the platform to match your church brand. Customize your logo to colors and more!

5) Live Person Launch Support

We understand that technology is useless sitting on the shelf. We also know that many churches lack the technical or creative staff to help fully realize the potential of great digital giving tools. That’s way we put a LOT of energy into creating custom launch material for each and every church that uses Tithe.ly. From slides and printed giving card, to social media graphics and web page design, our team will work with you one on one to ensure you have everything you need to successfully launch! And in case you didn’t pick up on it, you get the phone number and email of a real person that you work with … and that you can call for help at any time.

6) Low Pricing

We are 2.9% + .30 per trx with discounted rates based on giving volume. There is NO monthly fee unless you keep text giving after the free trial. If you keep it, you only pay $19/mo.

PushPay™ comes with a minimum monthly fee of $99 and can get over $5,000 a month depending on the size of your church.

7) No Contracts at All

No contracts at all with Tithe.ly. That’s right. You don’t have to sign anything or commit to using Tithe.ly for any period of time. We know that once you start using Tithe.ly you and your church will love it so much that you won’t want to go anywhere else.

8) Innovation in Support of Ministry

We’re technologists who love building products that encourage giving and generosity. Here are a few of the innovative features we’ve built into the product. Some won’t be found in any other church giving system.

  • Flexible Deposits – We can deposit funds into your bank account daily on any day of the week, weekly on any day of the week, or monthly. It’s your choice.
  • “Cover the Fees™” – We give “givers” the ability to up their gift to help offset the cost. It’s called “cover the fees”. A feature that no other giving provider offers to churches. Church leaders and boards LOVE this feature.
  • Personal Fundraising – Raise funds for camp, missionaries, etc via a dedicated URL that individuals can send to friends and family in email or on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.
  • Instant ACH™ – Tithe.ly Instant ACH™ allows users to setup ACH without having to remember a check or their bank account and routing number. They can login and authenticate their bank account in seconds!
  • QuickGive™ – Tithe.ly QuickGive™ allows users to give directly inside our giving app. It’s the fastest mobile giving experience you’ve ever seen!
  • Automated Recurring Giving – Allow members to easily setup weekly or monthly automated recurring giving.
  • ChMS Database Integration – Automated integrations with Elvanto, Church Community Builder and Breeze with more coming all the time. ACS, Shelby, Planning Center, QuickBooks, and more are all in the plan.
  • International coverage – Tithe.ly currently supports churches in the United States, Canada, and Australia with plans to roll out UK, Singapore and other countries/currencies in early 2017.

9) Real-Time Transaction Level Transparency

We give you full visibility into how much you’ve raised through our platform with the associated Tithe.ly fees for each and every transaction. In real-time! No monthly statements to sort out, no guessing, no complication. We provide complete transparency for every penny so you know exactly how much is being raised, what fees Tithe.ly is charging, and how much is being deposited into your bank account at the transaction and deposit level. Through our detailed reporting and financial dashboard, all you have to do is login to see everything whenever you’d like. On top of providing transaction level transparency, we make deposit reconciliation a snap by showing you every deposit. Each deposit report will give you the Tithe.ly fees, the total amount deposited and number of gifts, amounts deposited by fund, and the transaction level detail for every transaction included in the deposit.

10) International church and ministry support.

Tithe.ly is the world’s largest global giving provider for churches and ministries as we support churches in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand … with Brazil coming in Q2 2017. That’s right, as a church in any of those countries you can use Tithe.ly’s giving tools to raise money. We’re focused on helping churches and ministries all around the world raise the funds they need to support the work of the Gospel in spreading the good news of Jesus.

Final Thought

At the end of the day PushPay is a great product, but it’s not right for every church due to the higher overall cost of ownership and limited feature set. Be sure your church is evaluating all the right options and making the right choice for your congregation!

Here’s a Quick Comparison Chart of Tithe.ly vs. PushPay

PushPay Compared to Tithe.ly Church Giving

Click fo Pushpay Pricing & Feature Comparison. Tithe.ly vs. Pushpay comparison.

Additional Online Giving Comparisons: easyTithe  |  PushPay  |  PayPal

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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to answer any question you can come up with through our FAQ’s, but if for some reason you’re not finding what you need, feel free to email (hello@tithe.ly) or call (424) 228-8870.

How much does it cost to use Tithe.ly?

There are no contracts, no up front fees, no PCI or security fees, and no other hidden fees of any other kind. You simply pay 2.9% + 0.30c per transaction. For example, $100 donation (less the Tithe.ly fees) = $96.80 deposited into your bank account the next business day. Text giving is an additional $19 a month.

What are the Tithe.ly fees for?

These fees help us cover the cost of processing each electronic transaction, maintaining a secure and safe environment for your transactions, and improving the platform so your church continues to benefit from the giving innovation we deliver.

How long does it take to launch?

Five to ten minutes max! It’s a very simple process to set up your account and begin receiving your first gifts!

Is TIthe.ly secure?

All financial information is encrypted and stored by our banking partner to PCI DSS Level 1 compliant standards. PCI DSS Level 1 compliance is a set of rules stated by credit card companies and audited by an independent third party. It is the highest possible rating one can get in the electronic payment processing industry. Additionally, all transmission to our banking partner and on our site is via an encrypted 256-bit HTTPS SSL connection.

What if someone looses their phone?

If a phone is lost, even if someone is logged into Tithe.ly, no transactions can be made without the users secret passcode. This is an extra layer of security that ensures that no one but the owner can access their Tithe.ly account for malicious reasons.

Do I need a new merchant account?

Nope! Tithe.ly provides an end-to-end solution. All gifts are tracked through the Tithe.ly dashboard and deposits go directly into your bank account.

How do I get members using Tithe.ly?

So you’ve got a Tithe.ly and need help educating your church about all the benefits? First, we’re here to help. You’ll be getting a custom set of slide, 200 “giving post cards”, a video and personal assistance from our dedicated team. Some other ideas include:

– Send and email.
– Put a note in your weekly bulletin.
– Create a page on your website.
– Send a personal letter to your biggest givers.

The better your members are educated to use tithe.ly the more opportunity you have to increase giving. Churches that fully implement tithe.ly typically see up to a 20% increase in giving.

Is Tithe.ly better than PayPal?

PayPal is fantastic, but not built to meet the specific needs of the Church. With Tithe.ly you get a mobile app, text giving, web giving, kiosk giving, and administrative tools. Plus, all the data syncs directly with your church management platform. All things that you don’t get with PayPal. Plus, Tithe.ly provides a much better giver experience! Here are a few more things to consider when looking at PayPal for your church.

Is Tithe.ly better than PushPay?

Tithe.ly has been built by ministry minded individuals and pastors to meet the specific needs of the Church. Tithe.ly gives you 5 ways to give in one solution – a native mobile app, true in text giving, web giving, kiosk giving, and administrative giving. You won’t be required to sign a long term contract, incur any up front fees, get stuck with large monthly fees, or find any hidden or surprising fees in your processing statements. Here are a few more things to consider when looking at PushPay for your church.

Can I integrate with my church mgmt system?

Tithe.ly currently integrates with Church Community Builder, Breeze, and Elvanto ChMS and we’re working on direct integrations with many more. Fellowship One, Shelby, Arena, and ACS are on our list and will be live soon. Additionally, we offer a very simple ways to export your data in a format that easily imports into any ChMS that we don’t have a have direct integration.

Can I integrate with my church's mobile app?

Yes! Tithe.ly can integrate directly into your church’s existing mobile app (eg. The Church App, PocketPew, ApolloApp, etc) so that your members don’t have to use multiple apps to interact.

Can we track giving across church campuses?

Yes. With Tithe.ly you can easily track giving for multiple campuses within a single account. Tithe.ly will also support multi-campus setup in popular ChMS platforms like Church Community Builder, Breeze, Elvanto, and other church software.

Does Tithe.ly support designated giving / funds?

Yes. With Tithe.ly you can create as many funds/designations as you need (eg. missions, building fund, weekly contribution, etc). These appear to your members when they use our platform, making it very simple for them to be sure their generosity goes to the place they are most passionate about.

Do people get a receipt?

Absolutely! As soon as someone gives via Tithe.ly they instantly receive an email with the details of their transaction. All giving history for each member is also tracked and available within the mobile app, giving your members instant access to check their records. Note: Confirmation emails sent by Tithe.ly should not be used for tax purposes and churches should still follow donor receipting protocols in their designated country.

Can I easily issue refunds?

Yes, at a simple click of a button from your admin panel.