If you’re like me, you grew up either dropping cash in or filling out an offering envelope for your check to drop in the offering plate as it passed by. While sometimes that is still nice, realistically, it rarely happens now. I pay my bills and view everything from news to emails and so much more online. It’s only natural for me to now wonder how to pay my tithes online.
There are many benefits of giving online to your church. You can:
- give from anywhere at any time;
- give to multiple funds at the same time;
- set up recurring gifts;
- and view your giving history online.
Let’s take a look at how you can give online, plus on the mobile app or via text, through Realm eGiving.
Give from anywhere at any time, pay tithes online
Whether you’re using your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone, you can make a gift as long as you have a wifi connection or cellular data. When you navigate to your church’s giving page online, you’ll be directed to your church’s giving form where you can choose the amount you would like to give, the fund you would like to give to, and how often you would like to give.
If you’re already logged into Realm on your browser, you may see Welcome, [Your Name] in the top right corner of the giving form. If you see Sign In and you already have a Realm account, you can choose to sign in so your gift is automatically added to your Realm Giving History. If you’re not sure if you have a Realm account, you can enter your email address when prompted on the giving form and you’ll see a screen asking you for a password if you do already have an account. If you enter your email address and don’t see the “Welcome back” message, you don’t have a Realm account but you can continue giving as a guest without needing to create an account.
Tithe to multiple funds at the same time
Let’s say you want to tithe 10% to your church’s General Budget fund, but you’re also feeling called to make an additional offering to support the missions your church is planning. Do you really want to fill out the same giving form twice, or even more if you’re giving offerings to three or four funds?
With Realm eGiving, you can split your gifts on the same tithing form so you only have to complete the form once. Once you’ve entered your first gift and chosen the fund for that gift, you can select + Another Fund and enter the amount and choose the fund for your second gift. Once you’ve added all the gifts you would like to make, you can complete the form as usual.
Set up recurring gifts
One of the best ways to encourage and stay committed to faithful tithing online is to set up recurring gifts. For instance, you want to tithe 10% of each paycheck and your paychecks are the same every two weeks. Create a recurring gift for that 10% and select Give Multiple Times then choose Every 2 Weeks for the recurrence. You can select a start and end date and then complete the giving form to finish setting up your recurring gifts. Once you have it created, you’ll see that 10% gift made automatically every 2 weeks until your end date, ensuring you are tithing faithfully and consistently.
Of course, we know things happen and change overnight. You may get a raise and need to increase your gift to the new 10% amount of your paycheck, or you may need to cancel your recurring gift as you leave your job to pursue a new one. You can cancel your recurring gift at any time and make a new one all through your Realm account online.
View your tithing history online
Speaking of your Realm account, you can log in at any time and view your giving history. You’ll see your past gifts as well as any scheduled recurring gifts. Looking to see only gifts made to a certain fund? Filter your giving history as needed based on date ranges, funds, or campaigns. Need to print your giving statement? Realm gives you the option to print a Tax Statement or Detailed Statement of your own giving history.
Plus, mobile and text giving!
Realm eGiving goes beyond just online giving. You can also give through the Realm Connect mobile app and via text. Once you have a Realm account, download the Connect mobile app from your app store and log in. Choose Giving from the menu and select Make a gift. You’ll be directed to a mobile giving form just like the online giving form where you can complete your gift.
To give via text, enter the amount you would like to give and your church’s keyword into a text and send it to 73256. You’ll receive a text with a link that will take you to your church’s mobile giving form.
Realm eGiving offers multiple giving options to fully accommodate your needs, allowing you to be faithful in your tithing and generous in your offerings to your church.
Leigh Ann joined the ACST team in 2019 as a Product Marketing Manager, overseeing the launch and overall communication of key solutions to support the church’s needs. Prior to joining ACST, she spent several years in communications and graphic design roles, most notably as a Communications Director for a large church in Florence, SC, where she leveraged Realm to help solve key ministry challenges.