Online giving options
Provide donors with a seamless giving experience on the free Church Center app.
Link to or embed the online interface where people can give via card, ACH bank transfer, or Apple Pay.
Encourage spontaneous giving by accepting instant donations via text message.
Cash and Check:
Count batches of physical donations quickly and accurately, or use a check reader for extra speed.
To get started with Planning Center Giving go to www.planningcenter.com/giving and click Start Your Free Trial. Next, enter your Org name, Your name, an email address and a password. This will create an account and allow you to get started.
The setup takes about 30 minutes or so. Planning Center will walk you through each step, but here are two important items you should know before getting started:
Once you've completed the setup, you'll be the sole administrator. Only Giving administrators will be able to access Giving, but you can always add other admins later. (See Adding An Admin)
During this setup process, you'll create a Stripe Account (or sign in to an existing one). A Stripe account is required to set up and use PCO Giving. *Note: Think of Planning Center Giving as a cash register and Stripe as a bank.
Some information you'll need for setting up a Stripe account:
Organization Information (name, address, phone, website, etc)
Tax ID number (EIN or SSN for your non-profit)
Last 4 of the SSN for the main "owner"
Bank routing and account number for payouts
After setup, you'll have some followup tasks like enabling text-to-give, configuring the free Church Center mobile, and more
If you need any help as you're getting set up, use the ? at the top right to open a ticket with the support team or browse the knowledge base.
Five Ways To Give:
One easy-to-use and highly secure platform tailor-made for churches and ministries.
Choose to have funds deposited daily, weekly, or monthly into your bank account.
See full gift / transaction / deposit reporting that includes all the info you need to manage financials.
Cash and Check Recording:
Track your offline and online giving in one consolidated system with Tithe.ly's cash and check gift entry.
Donors can easily set up recurring giving with one click to improve giving consistency.
Cover The Fees:
Allow those giving the option to increase their gift by enough to cover the processing fees.
Text-to-give done right! Simply text a number (e.g. 100) and your contribution has been made.
Allow donors to give in three seconds or less with just one tap using Tithe.ly QuickGive
information needed before setup
Before you set up Tithe.ly you will need certain information about your organization. Please gather this information before beginning the setup process.
Basic Church Information:
Church Name and Address
Email Address and Phone number for the primary contact (Tithe.ly's team will reach out when you finish your signup)
Your Church's website (a Facebook link is ok if you don't have a website)
Official Organizational Information:
The Church's EIN (aka the Federal Tax Number)
Bank account number and Routing number
Legal Representative Info:
Name and date of birth
A photo of their photo ID (most commonly driver's license)
The last 4 digits of their social security number