Tithely Pay vs Square

The main difference between Tithely Pay and Square is that Tithely Pay is designed with the church in mind. It's affordable, simple, and integrates seamlessly with Tithely Giving–Tithely's flagship product. Let's take a closer look at how the two payment platforms compare.
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The main difference between Tithely Pay and Square is that Tithely Pay is designed with the church in mind. It's affordable, simple, and integrates seamlessly with Tithely Giving–Tithely's flagship product.

Let's take a closer look at how the two payment platforms compare.

Introduction to Church Payment Platforms

Church payment platforms allow churches to receive payment for merchandise, event tickets, books, food and beverages, and any other paid product. Payment platforms are different from church giving providers in that they're designed strictly for point-of-sale transactions–not donations to churches.

If you're looking for a church management software that can help you receive tithes and offerings as online payments, then you'll want to check out Tithely Giving.

What is Tithely Pay?

Tithely Pay is a contactless payment system that allows an individual church to receive in-person payments with a credit card, debit card, or ApplePay. Although you can enter card details manually, you can also simply tap or use the chip card reader to receive payment.

Tithely Pay is a great option for churches that need a payment platform that integrates well with their existing Tithely Giving account. There are minimal fees per transaction: for a card swipe, you may 2.6% + 10¢ per transaction and for manual entry, you pay 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction.

Schedule a Demo →

What is Square?

Square is a payment platform that can help small shops, mid size businesses, and even large corporations receive in-person payment for goods and services. Like Tithely Pay, Square can be used for contactless payments, anytime and anywhere.

Square is not designed for digital transactions at churches, but it can be used by churches, in theory.

What's the best Square Alternative?

The best Square alternative for churches is Tithely Pay. Let's take a closer look on why.

A Comparison Between Tithely Pay and Square

Tithely Pay and Square have some key similarities, and key differences. Remember that Square was created to receive payments for businesses, and is consequently designed with a business perspective in mind.

Here's a closer look on how the two stack up in terms of features and support, compatibility, and user experience.

Features and Support

When choosing a system that will work for you, it's important to look at key features. It's also important to consider whether that platform offers a competitive rate.

Tithely Pay allows you to:

  • Accept card payments through Tithe.ly Pay iOS app
  • Support contactless payment, swipe payment, card chip payments,  and manual input (with the Tithely card reader)
  • Receive payment via Apple Pay or debit/credit card
  • View transaction history and issue refunds
  • Sync with Tithely Giving
  • Receive payment anywhere with WiFi–at your church bookstore, coffee shop, pop-up booth, and more!
  • Provide event ticketing

Tithely Pay's platform pricing includes no monthly or annual subscription fees. The cost of processing payments is limited to the digital transaction fees listed above.

Finally, Tithely Pay comes with the assurance of having a super helpful and accessible support team that's ready and willing to help you resolve any issues.

Square allows you to:

  • Receive payments in person or online
  • Run an online store
  • Send invoices and run payroll
  • Run email and text marketing for your products

As you can see, Square is designed with entire business models in mind.

Square's pricing strategies rely on a monthly fee combined with transaction rates/credit card processing fees. The simplest version of Square charges $0 per month, plus 2.6% + 10¢ per regular (card) transaction, 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction with no card present (i.e. online), or 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction that's manually keyed in or uses a card on file. 

Square's current pricing plan includes an additional cost (monthly fee) to use a wider range of their products, or if you have a high revenue business. You may require one of their customizable service plans if you have a very high revenue or complex business.

Square's customer service team is available by telephone. 

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Compatibility

Tithely Pay is compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and major credit/debit cards. As mentioned above, it also syncs seamlessly with Tithely Giving so that all your customer/church member data is stored in a single place. 

Square is compatible with all major credit card companies. If you choose to use Square as a church, you'll need to find a way to link it to your church management system. 

User Experience

Tithely Pay is super simple to set up and use. You simply need to download the Tithely Pay app on your mobile device to get started. This should be smooth and easy if you already have a Tithely Giving account (Tithely's digital giving tools are required to use Tithely Pay). 

Square follows a similar process. You'll need to set up an account first, and then download the application to use on your mobile device or tablet. 

Final Comparison and Conclusion

If you're a church leader looking for a payment tool, Tithely Pay is the better choice. It charges zero monthly fees, is designed specifically with ministry in mind, and has just what churches need to run point of sale transactions. It's also compatible with Tithely's donation platform (Tithely Give), which is critical for a smooth and simple process. 

Businesses will most likely want to choose Square, as it's designed specifically for the operations and revenue models of a for-profit organization. Not only that, but their current pricing model is reasonable for small businesses. 

Tithely Pay vs. Square FAQs

Can you give anonymously on Tithely?

Yes, you can give anonymously on Tithely. While giving with Tithely does require you to enter basic information like your name and email, you can enter in the information of your choice to stay anonymous (i.e. "John Doe.")

Is Square free for churches?

No, Square isn't free for churches. They do offer a $0 plan (not including their transaction rates). 

Do you have to pay 10% for tithes?

10% is the established amount given in the Old Testament. However, Tithely's encouragement is to start where you can and grow from there!

Schedule a Demo →

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Tithely Pay vs. Square: How Do They Compare?

Tithely Pay vs Square

The main difference between Tithely Pay and Square is that Tithely Pay is designed with the church in mind. It's affordable, simple, and integrates seamlessly with Tithely Giving–Tithely's flagship product. Let's take a closer look at how the two payment platforms compare.
Schedule a Demo →

The main difference between Tithely Pay and Square is that Tithely Pay is designed with the church in mind. It's affordable, simple, and integrates seamlessly with Tithely Giving–Tithely's flagship product.

Let's take a closer look at how the two payment platforms compare.

Introduction to Church Payment Platforms

Church payment platforms allow churches to receive payment for merchandise, event tickets, books, food and beverages, and any other paid product. Payment platforms are different from church giving providers in that they're designed strictly for point-of-sale transactions–not donations to churches.

If you're looking for a church management software that can help you receive tithes and offerings as online payments, then you'll want to check out Tithely Giving.

What is Tithely Pay?

Tithely Pay is a contactless payment system that allows an individual church to receive in-person payments with a credit card, debit card, or ApplePay. Although you can enter card details manually, you can also simply tap or use the chip card reader to receive payment.

Tithely Pay is a great option for churches that need a payment platform that integrates well with their existing Tithely Giving account. There are minimal fees per transaction: for a card swipe, you may 2.6% + 10¢ per transaction and for manual entry, you pay 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction.

Schedule a Demo →

What is Square?

Square is a payment platform that can help small shops, mid size businesses, and even large corporations receive in-person payment for goods and services. Like Tithely Pay, Square can be used for contactless payments, anytime and anywhere.

Square is not designed for digital transactions at churches, but it can be used by churches, in theory.

What's the best Square Alternative?

The best Square alternative for churches is Tithely Pay. Let's take a closer look on why.

A Comparison Between Tithely Pay and Square

Tithely Pay and Square have some key similarities, and key differences. Remember that Square was created to receive payments for businesses, and is consequently designed with a business perspective in mind.

Here's a closer look on how the two stack up in terms of features and support, compatibility, and user experience.

Features and Support

When choosing a system that will work for you, it's important to look at key features. It's also important to consider whether that platform offers a competitive rate.

Tithely Pay allows you to:

  • Accept card payments through Tithe.ly Pay iOS app
  • Support contactless payment, swipe payment, card chip payments,  and manual input (with the Tithely card reader)
  • Receive payment via Apple Pay or debit/credit card
  • View transaction history and issue refunds
  • Sync with Tithely Giving
  • Receive payment anywhere with WiFi–at your church bookstore, coffee shop, pop-up booth, and more!
  • Provide event ticketing

Tithely Pay's platform pricing includes no monthly or annual subscription fees. The cost of processing payments is limited to the digital transaction fees listed above.

Finally, Tithely Pay comes with the assurance of having a super helpful and accessible support team that's ready and willing to help you resolve any issues.

Square allows you to:

  • Receive payments in person or online
  • Run an online store
  • Send invoices and run payroll
  • Run email and text marketing for your products

As you can see, Square is designed with entire business models in mind.

Square's pricing strategies rely on a monthly fee combined with transaction rates/credit card processing fees. The simplest version of Square charges $0 per month, plus 2.6% + 10¢ per regular (card) transaction, 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction with no card present (i.e. online), or 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction that's manually keyed in or uses a card on file. 

Square's current pricing plan includes an additional cost (monthly fee) to use a wider range of their products, or if you have a high revenue business. You may require one of their customizable service plans if you have a very high revenue or complex business.

Square's customer service team is available by telephone. 

Schedule a Demo →

Compatibility

Tithely Pay is compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and major credit/debit cards. As mentioned above, it also syncs seamlessly with Tithely Giving so that all your customer/church member data is stored in a single place. 

Square is compatible with all major credit card companies. If you choose to use Square as a church, you'll need to find a way to link it to your church management system. 

User Experience

Tithely Pay is super simple to set up and use. You simply need to download the Tithely Pay app on your mobile device to get started. This should be smooth and easy if you already have a Tithely Giving account (Tithely's digital giving tools are required to use Tithely Pay). 

Square follows a similar process. You'll need to set up an account first, and then download the application to use on your mobile device or tablet. 

Final Comparison and Conclusion

If you're a church leader looking for a payment tool, Tithely Pay is the better choice. It charges zero monthly fees, is designed specifically with ministry in mind, and has just what churches need to run point of sale transactions. It's also compatible with Tithely's donation platform (Tithely Give), which is critical for a smooth and simple process. 

Businesses will most likely want to choose Square, as it's designed specifically for the operations and revenue models of a for-profit organization. Not only that, but their current pricing model is reasonable for small businesses. 

Tithely Pay vs. Square FAQs

Can you give anonymously on Tithely?

Yes, you can give anonymously on Tithely. While giving with Tithely does require you to enter basic information like your name and email, you can enter in the information of your choice to stay anonymous (i.e. "John Doe.")

Is Square free for churches?

No, Square isn't free for churches. They do offer a $0 plan (not including their transaction rates). 

Do you have to pay 10% for tithes?

10% is the established amount given in the Old Testament. However, Tithely's encouragement is to start where you can and grow from there!

Schedule a Demo →

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

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