Online donations are are gifts given over the internet, either on a computer via the web browser or on a smartphone via a QR code. On this page we introduce our recommended provider and offer some guidance on how to set up an account and create your online donation page.
Why online donations?
You might wonder why a church should have an online donation page. The answer is simple - to reach people who aren't physically in your church building. With an online donation page you can reach people who might only ever interact wiht you online through your website or A Church Near You or Facebook or even Zoom services. All of these people might want to support your ministry but if they can't do that online they won't be able to donate.
GiveALittle is our recommended provider because it comes with certain benefits:
- Allows online donations, automatically provides QR codes, and integrates with many contactless devices
- Free to set up, no monthly fee, and discounted Church of England transaction rates
- Have as many "campaigns" (donation pages) as you want, e.g. one for the general fund, one for the building etc
- Records Gift Aid information from donors
Click on the buttons below for guidance on setting up and using your GiveALittle Account. If you have any questions about online donations you can contact the Generous Giving Adviser, Joshua Townson, by email or on 01865 208 757.
*GiveALittle is a software system for the donations process and it needs to be linked with a payments processor which actually handles the money. It can be linked with both Stripe and SumUp. To get started with online donations it is quickest, easiest, and cheapest to set up a Stripe account for this. You can add SumUp at a later date if you want to integrate GiveALittle with a contactless device.
Alongside normal online donations, one other way for churches to boost their income is to collect donations from retailers whenever their supporters shop online through a system called easyfundraising. When anyone connected with the church and signed up for easyfundraising buys something from one of 4,000 leading retailers like Amazon, eBay, Just Eat, Trainline, John Lewis, Booking.com, Argos and Tesco, the retailer they shop with sends your church a small free donation at no extra cost to the customer.