The E-Pledging Program Will Terminate as of September 30
No new enrollments are being accepted
The Trustees of the Diocese voted recently to terminate the e-pledging program, effective September 30, 2020.
This decision was made with regret, and in light of the disproportionate administrative costs and burdens of maintaining the program. But it is also made in the knowledge that today, unlike when the e-pledge program was instituted, there are many easily-implemented and less cumbersome alternatives available to our congregations.
What does this mean?
No additional congregations or additional individual enrollments will be accepted into the Diocesan-administered e-pledge program, and the program will cease to operate at the end of September.
What should you do?
Congregations should identify an alternative pledging solution, communicate its details to their members who currently participate in the e-pledge program, and effect a changeover to your new system before the end of September, 2020.
While the Diocese does not endorse any one solution, here are some resources which may help you identify the best one for your congregation:
Article in Episcopal News Service: Congregations are using a variety of tools to create virtual offering plates. Some popular ones are Vanco, Tithe.ly, Realm, Blackbaud and Giving 365. Full article: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2020/03/25/empty-pews-fuel-push-to-expand-online-giving-options-as-churches-brace-for-budget-shortfalls/
7 top online giving companies for churches: https://reachrightstudios.com/7-top-online-giving-companies-churches/
5 of the best online giving platforms for churches: https://outreach.com/blog/best-church-online-giving-platforms/
4 inexpensive online giving solutions for small and mid-sized churches: