Egiving.com is a ministry to ministries: By marrying financial planning with web-based advanced technology, Egiving.com combines essential elements to expand your ministry’s support and release it to greater fruitfulness for Christ. Understanding these key aspects of Egiving.com’s services will help you to knowledgeably compare it to other, similar services. It can also help you to appreciate the expertise that George Eusterman has made available to Christian ministries.
Along with its partners, Egiving.com provides tools designed especially for Christian ministries, in order to increase the giving they receive. Current avenues that help facilitate this goal include the following services: electronic recurring giving through EFTs; online giving and payment options; and donation management, tracking, and reporting.
1. Electronic Recurring Giving Through EFTs
This may well be the single-most significant step in giving since giving envelopes! Many ministry leaders recognize that amid the fast-paced lives their givers lead, sometimes they simply forget to give. Unfaithfulness in giving, even if it’s unintentional, can negatively impact the ability of any group to minister effectively. In order to provide for faithful giving, Egiving.com provides electronic fund transfer tools that can be managed by your ministry’s leadership or individual givers, through your ministry’s website.
2. Online Giving and Payment Options
This allows your ministry’s existing website to provide givers with additional opportunities to give or to pay for services that they receive. Christian schools or camps, in particular, can utilize they payment option, as can any organization selling books or other resources through an online store. Project giving is also an avenue of funding that can be set up through your website.
In order to make online donations more frequent, Egiving.com provides guidance in making your ministry’s website more trafficked and more frequently visited through online-only resources, such as registration forms. One improvement coming in 2011 is an unlimited form wizard that provides an outlets for giving and payments, along with event registrations.
3. Donation Management, Tracking, and Reporting
Because all of Egiving.com’s giving solutions are electronic, they lend themselves easily to intuitive tracking and reporting. Because of the web-based nature of the tools, managing donations is not tied to a specific location or office hours, giving your ministry the flexibility it needs. Reporting functions increasingly coordinate with various other programs, as well. In the coming year, projected expansions include links to QuickBooks as well as custom links to other brands, such as Ekyros, Ministry Sync, Way Cool, Salesforce, and Microsoft. In the near future, API links to management, donation, and CRM software will become available, and customized searches will also be in place.
The kind of thorough electronic financial services provided by Egiving.com are similar to those used by major banks and other businesses, but at the same time, they are very different. They’re provided at low costs for ministries because Egiving.com is a ministry itself, dedicated to furthering the Kingdom of Christ.