Electronic giving has been around long enough now to accumulate compelling data to support its positive impact on giving. Of the faith-based congregations studied, those that accept both electronic checks and credit cards are realizing up to 26% greater income than those accepting just cash and personal checks.
To that end, the Foundation is offering online giving on its website as a free service to United Methodist churches in the Louisiana Annual Conference that are not already offering it. There is no cost to the church. It’s free.
“The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana believes so firmly in churches having an online giving option for their donors, we want all churches to have the ability to offer it,” said Rob Fairly, President and CEO of the Foundation.
Churches must authorize existing accounts to accept online donations or establish accounts with the Foundation specifically for online donation purposes before funds can be accepted. Once the church has added its account(s) to the list of eligible online giving options, donors may make a donation to these funds using a credit or debit card.
“This is a great way for donors to build up an endowment here at the Foundation, or direct friends and family to make memorial gifts to their church in honor or memory of a loved one,” Fairly added.
To get your church started, simply call (225) 346-1535 or email the Foundation office and discuss your church’s needs with us. We will work with churches to provide the best, customized online options for their congregations.
Also, visit our online giving page to see what the online giving options are.