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Your Church, Your Culture, Your Identity, Your Giving Tools: Tithe.ly Customized.

Tithe.ly News

Your Church, Your Culture, Your Identity, Your Giving Tools: Tithe.ly Customized.

You put a lot of effort into creating your identity.

The words you use. The graphics you display. The colors, the logo, the artwork, even the clothes your staff wears. All of it goes into creating the identity (aka brand) of your church.

And your identity as a church is an extremely important part of making the impact you’re looking to make in the world.

Which is why we decided to give you more control!

Now, when you log in as a Tithe.ly admin and go to the “My Churches” section, you’ll see a new element titled “brand settings”. Click on “edit brand” and you’ll be able to do two main things:

‍Tithe.ly Custom Donation Form

1) Customize your Tithe.ly Online Donation Form

Not only does the Tithe.ly giving form STAY on top of your website when you use the embed code so that your donors never have to leave your site, but you can now fully brand the online giving tool to match your church or ministry!

As you can see from the picture, the new “brand settings” allow you to upload your logo and set your primary color.

Those two elements will be used on your online and mobile giving forms! Hint: and soon your logo will be used IN the Tithe.ly app :)

The key to ensuring your giving form is visually awesome is to use a quality logo that looks good when sitting on top of your main color. Be sure to follow the specs you see on the brand settings page!

Donors will have that little bit of extra confidence they need when giving by being able to give to your church or ministry on a branded giving form that stays on your website.

2) Customize your Tithe.ly Email Confirmation

‍Tithe.ly Custom Email

People expect to get an email confirmation immediately after they purchase or pay for something online.

They also expect to get an email right after they give! Something Tithe.ly has been doing since day one.

But how much better would that email confirmation be if it came from you and was branded to match your organization?

It would be fantastic, right?!

We think so.

In the “brand settings” for your church you’ll now be able to add your logo and a header graphic as well as customize the subject line, who the email is from, and the content within the email.

You can even “preview” your custom email to ensure it’s perfect!

Check out the sample email in the graphic here. This will give you an idea of the email customizations you have access to.

We’d love your feedback on the new customization capabilities. Shoot us an email (hello@tithe.ly) or drop us a note in the comments below! Looking forward to hearing from you :)

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

01
Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
02
Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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