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Tithe.ly Updaaaates (from the dev team)!

Tithe.ly News

Tithe.ly Updaaaates (from the dev team)!

Every once in a while (read: almost never), the Tithe.ly team gives us (the devs) the microphone for a few short minutes.

It’s not that we’re socially awkward or anything…

 

Ok maybe we are a little bit (this isn’t us by the way).

Or perhaps it’s our constant obsession with Star Wars, video games (Destiny what what!), and theorizing about how to build a real Iron Man suit (c’mon tell me that wouldn’t be rad!).

New Tithe.ly Features

Anyway, we just wanted to throw a few technology updates at ya to keep you in the loop. Hopefully these Tithe.ly updates get you as excited as they do us.

1. Android is back!

Nope, not that android. After much demand, the Tithe.ly Android app is finally back in Google Play.

It may have taken a few organized protests followed by a personal meeting with Larry Page and Sergey Brin (jokes), but it’s finally back up.

We took the opportunity to make some minor UI upgrades during the debacle. Bear in mind though that there are more types of Android devices than there are Skynet robots (terminator reference)… so if you ever run into a problem with the app, shoot us an email at devteam@yourgiving.co.

2. ChMS Integration(s)

Probably the biggest thing we’re working on at the moment is integrating with every ChMS known to man. Well we’re starting with a few of them. Breeze ChMS integration is live and working great (you should check this ChMS out if you’re not currently using anything — they’ve built a fantastic platform and the integration was a breeze :D).

We’re actively working on integration with Church Community Builderwhich should be live in one of the next builds.

After that, the focus will be on Elvanto and adding the ability to sync church giving to the international space station (jokes).

3.Other Random Tech Stuff

(e.g. really cool new features that we’re working on)

We get a lot of requests for new features. Here’s some other random one’s we’re currently working on:

  • Multiple admins for each church
  • Beacon technology
  • Ability to give over twitter
  • ACH/eCheck Support

From the dev team at Tithe.ly, we wanted to thank you for your patience and excitement as we roll out new features.

We’re passionate about making the church giving experience simple, painless, and quick.

As always, reach out to us at devteam@yourgiving.co if you have questions or ideas for features.

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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