By Candice Hill Buchbinder, ELCA News

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has reached a preferred vendor agreement with Tithe.ly, a company that offers mobile and online tools to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries.

In response to inquiries and requests from congregations, the ELCA churchwide organization has sought new working relationships with companies that serve ELCA congregations. Preferred vendor agreements with a few select companies are being pursued to enhance operating efficiency, leadership effectiveness, congregational vitality and financial sustainability. Special pricing, communications and promotions will accompany each agreement.

As a national organization working with many congregations and denominations, Tithe.ly offers a cost-effective way to increase congregational giving. Congregations that sign-up with Tithe.ly will save more than 25 percent off the vendor’s regular processing fees.

In addition, there is a bonus rebate for gifts made through ELCA Federal Credit Union credit and debit cards. Tithe.ly also offers a mobile giving app with no annual or monthly fee. Options also include kiosk and text giving and event registrations.

Through Tithe.ly, donation forms are integrated into the congregation’s website and mobile app instead of sending donors to third-party sites. Donors have the option to make one-time or recurring gifts to provide more consistent giving.

For the congregations’ administrators, new events or funds can be easily added, and detailed reporting makes it easy for staff to verify transactions. Weekly and monthly summary reports are generated, and analytical tools are available to monitor trends.

Tithe.ly can work with every ELCA congregation. Learn more about Tithe.ly.

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