MOORHEAD, Minn., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Icon Systems, Inc. and Vanco Payment Solutions are excited to announce a new integration between IconCMO church management and accounting software and Give by Text, a way for churches to accept donations via text messaging.
In October 2009, Icon Systems released its first software integration with Vanco. The integration allowed customers using IconCMO church management software to import donations received through online donations, EFT transactions, and check scanning and have them post seamlessly to donors' contribution records and the accounting side of the system. This new integration allows customers to also import Give by Text transactions into IconCMO.
Donors have come to expect convenient giving options. Is your church missing out on donations by not offering e-giving?
Vanco recently surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. churchgoers on their attitudes, behaviors and preferences toward giving. The findings show now more than ever that donors want multiple ways to give. Sometimes they want to put a check in the donation plate, other times they prefer to make a credit card donation online, via text message, or at a kiosk.
"Churches need to know how their members feel about giving so they can offer the methods that will best support their mission." says Kevin Lee, CEO of Vanco Payment Solutions. "We're always working to provide churches with the most updated strategies, tools, and data so they can make informed decisions about their stewardship."
Vanco's research highlights that churches are not yet consistently providing their members with the convenient giving options their members say they want. This creates a "Giving Gap" and churches could be missing out. Vanco can help close the gap by offering churches a full suite of e-Giving solutions – including online credit/debit card processing, Give by Text, and Give by Kiosk.
The research also highlighted the need for churches to add modern giving solutions such as text and kiosk options to their stewardship programs. Only 7 percent of respondents said they have the option to give by text, and only 6 percent of churchgoers said they have the option to give through a kiosk. But over four times as many churchgoers said they would use those options if they were available. With Vanco's Give by Text, members can contribute by sending a message from their smartphones in less time than it takes to write a check. Give by Kiosk is a portable tabletop unit that accepts credit and debit card contributions and can email or print receipts on the spot.
About Icon Systems: For over 20 years, Icon Systems has been developing software exclusively for churches and religious organizations. Icon Systems offers multiple church management software packages that will meet the needs of any religious organization—from church plants to denominational offices. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at https://www.iconcmo.com
About Vanco Payment Solutions: Vanco focuses on meeting the unique needs of clients who count on predictable, recurring revenue. Faith-based, nonprofits and other relationship-oriented organizations—and the software providers and professional associations that serve them—rely on Vanco's specialized approach to adding electronic payment options and enhancing current capabilities. The company's experienced leadership team helps more than 30,000 clients across the U.S. conveniently, securely and efficiently accept a broad range of payments, including credit and debit cards, and more effectively manage their operations. Learn more at www.vancopayments.com
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SOURCE Icon Systems, Inc.