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easyTithe vs. PayPal

The research is in.
Here are the results for 2020!

The best online giving software for ministry is out there—it just takes comparative research to find it. In order to help, we've compiled a side-by-side overview of how easyTithe and PayPal stack up.

Our mission is to provide accurate information so that you make confident decisions for your church. If you notice any misrepresentations or inaccuracies, please reach out so that we can make the appropriate changes.

On a closer look, you'll notice some striking differences when comparing easyTithe to PayPal.

While PayPal is an established platform that provides secure payment services, easyTithe is the better choice for churches that want to accept online gifts.

Contracts
Member/Donor portal
Multi-Fund Giving
Giving URL
Merchant Account Included
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
Customized Rollout Material
Year Founded

easyTithe

Included no set up fee
Starting at $0 /mo with $10 security fee
Contracts
No
Member/Donor portal
Yes
Multi-Fund Giving
Yes
Giving URL
Yes
Merchant Account Included
Yes
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
Yes
Customized Rollout Material
Yes
Year Founded
2004
No monthly fees
Contracts
No
Member/Donor portal
No
Yes (Not branded for the church)
Multi-Fund Giving
No
Giving URL
No
Merchant Account Included
Yes
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
No
Customized Rollout Material
No
Year Founded
1998
Requires detailed quote
$199 /mo without customization
Starting at $199 /mo
$299 /mo plan only
Contracts
Yes (for reduced fees)
Member/Donor portal
No
Multi-Fund Giving
No
Giving URL
Yes (but not with the Core plan)
Merchant Account Included
Yes
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
Yes
Customized Rollout Material
Yes
Year Founded
2011
Contracts
No (if you want reduced fees, you can pay annually)
Member/Donor portal
Yes
Multi-Fund Giving
No
Giving URL
Yes
Merchant Account Included
Yes
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
No (Donors pay processing fees no opt-out option)
Customized Rollout Material
Yes
Year Founded
2019
$59 /mo +$149 set up fee
Starting at $0 /mo
Contracts
No
Member/Donor portal
Yes
Multi-Fund Giving
Yes
Giving URL
Yes
Merchant Account Included
Yes
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
Yes
Customized Rollout Material
Yes
Year Founded
2012
Custom Quote
Starting at $0 /mo quotes for add-ons
No hardware provided
Contracts
Yes
Member/Donor portal
Yes
Multi-Fund Giving
No
Giving URL
Yes
Merchant Account Included
Yes
Option for Donor to Cover Processing Fees
Yes
Customized Rollout Material
Yes
Year Founded
2005

Last Updated, July 2020

  • templates

    We make it simple to set up online giving

    While PayPal works well for some, it's not built for ministry—it's designed for a vast range of businesses, organizations, and individuals. Because of this, it's more complicated to set-up online giving and accept donations in a manner that reduces admin burden.

    With easyTithe, the process is simple and there are noticeably fewer steps to take. Our Success Team is with you every step of the way if you need help or have questions.

  • cash

    We provide multiple ways for ALL generations to give

    By offering multiple ways to give, all generations can donate. People can text a gift, give via mobile app, or go to your website's donation page. Giving kiosk, software, and card readers are also available for on-site giving. Our Forms help you accept payments for t-shirts, event registration, and special funds. Plus, givers can store more than one payment method and give to more than 3 funds in one transaction.

    Setting up and managing recurring gifts is a breeze with our online giving platform. People choose their preferred giving frequency, amount, and payment method, and they can adjust these at their convenience. With PayPal, recurring giving is a challenge (if you even have time to figure out the steps to set up and manage it). For those that want to make a single donation, it's difficult to get around signing up for a PayPal account.

  • custom

    Our customization inspire a culture of generosity

    Branding is essential to creating a sense of familiarity and building trust that leads to a culture of generosity. In fact, people are 7X more likely to give on a branded donation page versus an unbranded one. And donations given on a generic page are 25% less than on branded ones.

    With our online giving platform, easily add your church's logo to donation pages, mobile app, and event forms. Seamlessly customize "thank you for giving" receipts, event forms, reports, and much (much) more. Embed our branded giving forms so that givers stay on your church's website rather than being redirected to a third-party site.

    PayPal doesn't currently offer branded donation pages. They only provide a giving button that churches place on their website. Once the giver clicks the button, they're redirected to a PayPal page. This can leave donors feeling insecure and wondering if they're in the right place and that feeling of disconnection impacts generosity.

  • mobile

    Our user-experience is intuitive and responsive

    For some, navigating and accessing features is hard with PayPal. Instead of an intuitive interface, admins find themselves continually searching for workarounds to meet the needs of the church because they can't locate the right features (or they're not available).

    We provide an intuitive interface, so navigation makes sense and workflow improves. Our features are specifically tailored for the Church, so it's easy to find the integrations and reports needed to manage online giving effectively.

    Reports are quick to view and already graphed for you. You can run hundreds of customized reports from the dashboard based on specific time frames, donors, and more. The fast access to information frees up admin time and helps your church better forecast for the future.

    Beyond an intuitive interface and robust reporting, our donation pages are responsive for a clean and user-friendly giving experience on all screens sizes. The smaller the screen size, the clunkier the experience can be with PayPal.

  • on-location

    We have dedicated customer support and security solutions

    Our Customer Support is committed to real solutions and implementing proven techniques that improve customer satisfaction. Currently, our customer satisfaction score is 97% and our current month-over-month hold times are 1 minute and 20 seconds!

    We're proactive when monitoring systems and are a Level 1 Certified PCI Compliant Service Provider. Our dedicated tech team is prepared for peak giving periods and brings extra help in during the busiest times of the year. Any issues that do arise get immediate attention.

    Our Success Team focuses on engaging you more fully with our product offerings. And Success Coaches are available for 1:1 sessions to encourage you with your own Ministry Success Plan designed to increase giving.

A final note on easyTithe vs. PayPal

While we tip our hats to the work PayPal has done over the years for accepting online payments, when it comes to growing your ministry, easyTithe is simply more powerful. Customizations, robust features, and ease of use for all-sized churches (and every generation!) make us the preferred online giving platform for over 15,000 churches.

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