The most significant change taking place in church giving is the creation of online donation for a new donor experience.
According to research, every year, more and more people prefer to donate their tithes and offerings online. Whether it’s donating to their church via online giving, text giving, or mobile giving, church online giving is the new normal.
As a church leader, how you respond to these changes will determine if your church giving will grow like 12-year-old Lebron James or rust out like an old junkyard card.
Do you want your church giving to increase with an optimized online giving page? Or do you prefer to stall and eventually make church budget cuts?
Let’s agree to enhance your church’s online giving, cool?
In this post, I’d like to share with you four proven strategies you can use to increase online giving in your church, and show you a few examples of how some churches added an online donation page to their website.
Let’s get started!
4 proven strategies to increase online donations
Observing bees can teach you a lot about increasing church giving online.
For full disclosure, I’m not a bee farmer.
But here’s what I know:
If you want to attract a swarm of bees, you have to use honey to attract them.
Obviously, this process is a bit more nuanced than what I’m leading on to believe, and you’re probably thinking, What does attracting bees have to do with online giving?
To increase online church giving, you have to provide and promote online giving.
You don’t have to be fancy or overtly creative to increase church online giving.
Simply promoting what you have to offer (honey) will attract the people in your church who prefer to donate online or with their mobile device.
To help you get started, here are four proven strategies you can use:
- Include a donate button
- Make giving mobile-friendly
- Use consistent branding
- Optimize your donation page
Let’s take a look at these in detail.
1. Include donation buttons
Your church website receives hundreds or thousands of visitors every month. Many of the people who visit your website to donate are church members or people interested in supporting your ministry. Based on research, many of these people will be inclined to give to your church. In fact, we found that most giving actually takes place Monday through Saturday—not on Sundays.
Know how people give throughout the week?
Most of them make a donation online or with their mobile device.
Make it easy for people to donate to your church during the week by including a donation button on your church’s donation page. Many churches find it helpful to add a clickable “Give Now” button in the primary navigation bar of their website.
For examples, make sure to scroll below to see how many churches include an eye-catching donation button on their website.
Regardless of where you add a button to promote giving, be sure to highlight it in some way to create awareness.
2. Make your donation page mobile-friendly
When it comes to online giving, you may be missing out on one-half of your opportunities. As of 2017, more than half (51%) of global Internet traffic originated from a mobile device. Depending upon the demographics of your church, the number of people visiting your website from a mobile device may be higher or lower.
Not only are people visiting your church’s website from their mobile phone, but they’re also inclined to donate with their phone.
Mobile donation continues to increase year-over-year, and, according to The Millennial Impact Report, the number of millennials who want to give online is 84%.
With Tithe.ly, you’ll get a simple, clean, and user -friendly donation form for mobile devices.
Check out this example:
As the trend of online shopping, banking, and giving continues to climb, it won’t be long until most of the people in your church will donate with their mobile phone... so why not give them a free mobile giving app to use when giving to your church?
3. Use consistent branding
Branding can be somewhat of a taboo topic in the church. But when it comes to talking about online giving, branding actually plays an important part. Including elements of your church’s branding on your donation form—such as your logo and similar colors—will instill a sense of confidence in your online visitors. By making your donation form look similar to your church’s website, people will feel more comfortably making a donation.
Don’t believe me?
Check this out.
According to a study by Network for Good, they discovered that generic donation pages performed 66.7% lower than branded donation pages. What is more, Network for Good also observed a 38% increase in the average gifts made through branded donation pages.
Here’s the deal:
When people click on your one page to make a donation, instead of leading them to a different site or third-party application, it’s best to keep them on your church’s website to increase the number of donations you receive.
Here’s an example of how you can create consistent branding:
Do your donation forms lead people to a different site or look different from your church’s site?
Switch to Tithe.ly.
Make your donation form look similar to your church’s site.
Then watch the number of people who visit your donation page and donation amounts increase.
4. Optimize your donation form
Not every donation form is created equal. There are practical things you can do to make it more compelling for people to donate. Here are some best practices to keep in mind:
a. Clearly communicate
Think about the title you use on the top of the page.
Be sure it clearly communicates what you want people to see and think.
b. Let people know about their giving options
You don’t have to be clever to encourage people to give.
Just letting people know about their giving options makes a big difference.
On your donation page, be sure to let everyone know how they can make a donation.
There are some great examples below on different ways you can do this.
This is a great example of telling and showing your church members how to give.
c. Make the donation page simple
Don’t make your donation page cluttered.
Focus on your main point (what’s called a call to action).
Keep things simple, clean, and pleasant to look at.
This will help make the donation process easier for donors and will increase recurring donations.
Interested in more tips on donation pages?
For more ways on how you can increase church donations, check out 9 Proven Strategies to Increase Online Giving in Your Church.
13 churches with great donation pages
Below are 15 churches who’ve added an online donation form to their donation page using Tithe.ly—one of the best online donation tools for small churches and large churches.
When you take a look at the donation page examples below, keep in mind the five best practices we just shared above. See how these churches clearly added a donation button, told a compelling story, or use consistent branding.
Ready to increase online donation amounts?
There are countless ways you can add a donate page for donors with Tithe.ly to your church's website.
Once you have these few steps down, it will make it easy for others to find your donation page and share your great donation page on social media. These same steps can be used for online fundraising and for a nonprofit donation page also.
At a minimum, make sure you:
- Include a donation button
- Make giving mobile-friendly
- Use consistent branding
- Optimize your donation page
Remember, your donation page doesn't need to be flashy or complicated—just effective.
At Tithe.ly, we make sure to make online donations easy (and beautiful) and you can be up and running for free in the matter of minutes. Click here to sign up today.
More resources and tips about online giving for churches:
- Online giving software for churches and ministries
- Increase Online Giving In Your Church with These 9 Proven Strategies
- Simple Guide To Creating Awesome Online Donation Pages
- 7 Ways to Optimize Your Church’s Online Giving Page to Boost Giving
- 7 Online Giving Myths That Are Crippling Your Church (NewData)
- 1 Offline Way to Encourage Online Giving
- How to Effectively Launch Online Giving: Expert Tips from 11 Communications Pros
- Choosing an Online Giving Service for Your Church: 7 Important Questions to Ask Before Making a Selection
- 3 Reasons Your Church Must Offer Online Giving
- 3 Key Findings & Online Giving Best Practices from Fundraising Research
- How North Coast Church Doubled Online Giving and Saved Over $82,000 in A Year
- The Top 3 Common Questions From Churches About Online Giving
- 8 Ways to Break Out of a Summer Giving Slump
- 5 Ways Your Church Can Get Ready for This Summer with Recurring Giving
- How to Increase Recurring Giving in Your Church
- 6 Reasons Your Church Should Regularly Promote Automated Recurring Giving
- 6 Proven Ways to Increase Recurring Giving in Your Church
- Recurring Giving: The Key to Creating Automatic Monthly Donations
- Guide To Creating Awesome Online Donation Pages
Editor’s Note: This post was updated on August 21, 2020 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.