As the Church of England suspends public worship, and social distancing measures are in place, now more than ever is the time to reflect on how well placed your church is to receive online donations.
Online giving is where a donations platform is linked to your website, Facebook page, and other social media channels. The platform allows individuals to donate using a variety of payment methods. A good donations platform provider will embed a ‘Donate Now’ button on your website, automatically reclaim your Gift Aid and will often allow you to seek donations for a few separate projects.
A range of options is listed on Parish Resources at: https://www.parishresources.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Receiving-Online-Donations-2020.pdf. Before choosing a provider, you should carefully research the costs involved. These can include set up fees, monthly subscriptions and transaction charges.
More information on Giving can be found on the Diocesan website here with a page dedicated to Online Giving here.