One of the questions I get asked most often from other pastors is how to setup online giving. I’ve been looking into several of the different services and I wanted to share about Clover Donations. I saw an article on ChurchTechToday and it made me check out this service. I have read about it in the past, but I had assumed that it was only for current customers of Clover Church Websites. I was surprised to see that it is available to anyone, and it looks like a great service.
The biggest advantage of this service is the low monthly payment compared to other online giving solutions. For small to medium sized churches this is a great advantage. You can choose to accept bank drafts, debit cards, or credit cards, or any combination of the three. The fee is 1% for Clover plus $5 per month and a transaction fee for the merchant account. You can go here to find out more about the pricing structure. They also offer a great reporting dashboard.
I only see two potential problems, and they mention on their site that they are working to address both issues.
First, there is no way for an end user to login to the system to change recurring giving information. They would need to call the church to make any changes. Not a deal breaker, but a hassle. (Update: Account Management has been added now. You can login and setup recurring giving or make changes to your account). The second issue is that the service is not really setup for event registration. It can be used for it, but it is geared more toward online giving.
After looking at this, I think this would save our church money over the service we are currently using and would give us a better reporting system to see how online giving is being utilized. I like the ability to customize the pages and I like that it works across mobile devices. Anybody out there using it? What do you think?