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Best Online Giving Options for Churches

Best Online Giving Options for Churches

Online donations is a powerful tool to help church members and ministry donors support your work. We’ve compiled a list of our top 3 church giving platforms as well as the facts and features of each. The details are listed under each to help you decide what best suits your needs.

1. Tithe.ly

  • Fees: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction ; 1.0% + $0.30 per ACH transaction
  • Experience: On page checkout using Tithely’s popup form. No redirecting needed.
  • Recurring: Allows recurring giving
  • Fee coverage by giver: Yes. Allow those giving the option to increase their gift by enough to cover the processing fees.
  • Choice for Multiple Giving Funds: Yes.
  • Donors can manage their donations: Yes

2. PayPal.com

  • Fees: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction (possible 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction if you are an “eligible charity” according to PayPal’s standards)
  • Experience: user fills out a form and is redirected to the PayPal site where the payment is completed
  • Recurring: Allows recurring giving
  • Fee coverage by giver: None
  • Choice for Multiple Giving Funds: No
  • Donors can manage their donations: Yes

3. Stripe.com

  • Fees: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction (a non-profit discount on the fees is available, but they require 80% or more of your donations to happen through Stripe.)
  • Experience: the entire checkout happens on your website. There is no popup form. This is by far the smoothest donation experience of the three options.
  • Recurring: Allows recurring giving
  • Fee coverage by giver: None
  • Choice for Multiple Giving Funds: No
  • Donors can manage their donations: No

While each of these platforms has different directions and processes when it comes to integrating them with your church website, the nice thing is at SolaSites we have integrations for all of these giving options that make it fast and easy to add any of these to your website!