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6 Helpful Things to Know About Successful Church Giving Campaigns

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Giving campaigns are an essential aspect of raising funds for churches. They help cater to needs while also supporting various charitable causes. However, launching giving campaigns is complicated and includes intricate processes that require time, money, effort, and the dedication of the right people to ensure success. 

Below, we will guide you through everything you need to know to plan a successful giving campaign. We will discuss the need for giving campaigns, how to begin a campaign, tips on how to encourage members to give, and how to measure the success of the campaign. Read on to learn more.

Why Churches Need Giving Campaigns

The primary reason why a church decides to do a giving campaign is to fund various projects, both long-term and short-term. These projects may include:

  • Building a new church, providing a sacred space for worship and community.
  • Expanding present facilities to accommodate a growing congregation and enhance the worship experience.
  • Investing in repairs and maintenance to ensure the longevity and safety of the church building.
  • Supporting outreach programs and initiatives to serve the local community and make a positive impact.

A successful giving campaign not only enables a church to reach its financial goals and accomplish its mission, but it also inspires commitment and generosity among members. Together, you can make a lasting difference in the lives of those you serve and create a strong foundation for your faith community.

How to Begin a Giving Campaign

The first step in beginning a giving campaign is to form a committee with like-minded individuals who understand the importance of raising funds for the church. This committee should have a chairman, secretary, treasurer, and additional volunteers who will be responsible for different tasks.

After that, the committee should create a fundraising plan that outlines the church’s goals, budget, timelines, and fundraising strategies. They should decide on the best way to communicate with the congregation, whether it is through a sermon, newsletter, or giving envelopes. The committee should also be responsible for following up with donors and showing appreciation for their contributions.

Tips on How to Encourage Members

The most important factor in the success of a giving campaign is motivating and inspiring members. Here are some tips to encourage them to support your campaign:

  1. Make the campaign personal – tell stories about how their contributions will benefit the church and the community.
  2. Be transparent – be clear about where the funds are going and how they will be used.
  3. Keep it simple – make it easy for people to donate, whether it is through online giving, text giving, mobile app giving, or in-person donations.
  4. Provide incentives – consider offering a prize for the highest donors or having a fundraising thermometer to show the amount raised.
  5. Show appreciation – remember to thank donors and show them how their contributions have made a difference.

Measuring the Success of Your Campaign

To measure the success of your campaign, you need to define what success means to you. This definition should align with your campaign’s objectives. You can measure success in various ways, such as the percentage of the goal reached, the percentage of members who donated, or the amount raised.

You can also use data analytics to measure the success of your campaign. This data includes the number of visitors to your giving page, the average donation amount, and the percentage of donors who return to donate again. You can use this data to refine your strategies and improve your campaign’s performance.

Mistakes to Avoid in Your Giving Campaign

It’s equally important to be aware of potential pitfalls when running a giving campaign. One of the common mistakes is setting unrealistic goals. Keep your goals achievable and specific to maintain the interest of your donors. Another mistake is failing to communicate effectively. Ensure that your mission and use of funds are clearly communicated to your members. Lastly, do not neglect the power of gratitude. Always express your appreciation for every donation, regardless of its size.

Strategies for a Successful Digital Giving Campaign

In the 21st century, digital giving campaigns have become a cornerstone of church fundraising. To run a successful digital campaign, first, ensure your online platform is user-friendly, secure, and mobile-optimized. Offer multiple payment options to accommodate donors’ preferences. Promote your campaign on your church’s social media platforms, website, and in emails. 

Embracing Text Giving in Your Church

Text giving is another effective digital strategy to make the donation process simpler and more efficient. It allows congregants to give to their church using a simple text message, making it an instant and convenient method of donating. To incorporate text-giving, first, choose a reliable text-to-give service provider, such as Vanco, who ensures transactions will be processed securely. If you use Realm eGiving or Abundant, text giving can be turned on with a simple click of a button! Once you have a designated number for your church, share it with your congregation, along with instructions for how to give via text, clearly and frequently. Encourage them to save the number in their contacts for future reference. Remember to keep the instructions for text giving straightforward—typically, donors will just have to text either a keyword or the amount they wish to give to the designated number. Automated response messages can then guide them through the rest of the donation process. It’s crucial to provide immediate confirmation and appreciation messages to donors to thank them for their contribution. Including text giving in your church’s giving campaign can significantly increase participation, especially among younger congregants who are more comfortable with digital transactions.

Bonus: Tips for a Successful Summer of Giving

Most churches don’t run giving campaigns during the summer, and we understand! Your giving decreases as your members enjoy vacations and traveling during the summer months. However, your church operations don’t pause during the summer, so the need for consistent tithes and offerings remains. 

We’ve compiled 10 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump to help you encourage your members to continue faithfully giving to your ministry even while they’re away. Download your free copy today! 


Vanco is a trailblazer in the world of digital giving, dedicated to empowering faith-based organizations with effective financial solutions. For over 20 years, Vanco has been at the forefront of creating innovative giving tools, earning the trust of over 25,000 churches and faith-based groups. To learn more about Vanco’s church giving tools and how they seamlessly partner with ACS Technologies’ church management software programs, click here to learn more.