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5 Surprising Church Giving Statistics For 2020

5 Surprising Church Giving Statistics For 2020

Are people still donating? 

Do people still give their time, talent, and treasure to help out an organization or cause they still believe in? 

What are the most effective ways to increase my church’s donations? 

If you’re curious about these questions and other church donation information, we’ve got good news for you. 

The good folks at Nonprofit Source recently released the findings of their charitable giving research. 

While they cover everything from school fundraising to corporate giving, today we’ll focus on what they found when it comes to church donations. 

So, without further delay, here are five surprising church giving statistics derived from the Nonprofit Source study. 

1) 49% of All Church Giving Transactions Are Made With a Card


The use of paper money — whether for daily transactions or for donating money — is going down significantly, especially within the last few years. 

To put it simply, people just aren’t carrying around cold hard cash with them anymore. Instead, they rely on using credit and debit cards. 

The fact that nearly half of all church giving transactions were made with a card further illustrates this point. 

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The lesson to be learned from this statistic is that if you aren’t allowing your congregation to tithe with their cards, then you may not be raising as much money as you could be.

As difficult as it can be to make the switch to digital giving, the risk of leaving up to 49% of your potential donations on the table is simply not worth the risk. There are many affordable solutions on the market today, but if you don’t know where to start we would be happy to point you in the right direction

If you arent convinced by this point, the next church giving statistic takes it one step further.

2) Churches That Accept Tithing Online Increase Overall Donations By 32% on Average


Church giving statistics: people like to give online

Yup. You read that right. By simply offering an online avenue for people to donate to your church, you can increase your overall donations by an astounding 32%. 

This tells us a few things. First, it shows that churches that are investing in online tithing options are seeing that their investment is paying off with quite a nice return. 

Next, it shows that online giving options make it easier for church donators to give money more often. 

Last, it shows that not only can you increase the number of times your consistent churchgoers give, but it also allows for people who wouldn’t normally donate to give easier. Going back to how no one carries around cash anymore, an online giving option makes it easier for those who have been hesitant in the past to tithe. 

3) 60% of Church Donators Are Willing To Do So Digitally


Church giving statistics: people are willing to give online

If you’re still not convinced that the future of tithing is online, here is one more stat for you. Out of all church donators included in the study, 60% of them said they are willing to go digital in order to donate. 

But that does leave 40% of donators who are not willing to do so. This just means that we are still a few years out from having an overwhelming majority of tithers who are in favor of donating digitally. 

It also points out that it is wise to still offer traditional methods of donating so as not to alienate those who still don’t want to give money online or through their phones. 

Your congregation will certainly appreciate having multiple mediums in which to donate! 

4) Tithers Make Up About 10% — 25% of a Normal Congregation


Church giving statistics: only 25% tithe

There is a large variance in this stat, but regardless of where your church falls within this range, there is certainly room for improvement. 

The reality is its much easier to get more people to donate a small amount than to get your current donors to support you even further. The difficulty is, many church leaders wrestle with boosting these numbers. Fortunately, there are a few changes that are relatively easy to make if you haven’t already made them.

One of the main things you can do is make it easier for your congregation to donate — like through online methods — you can help increase your own percentage as well as the amount of money raised! So often people forget to bring money to donate, or don’t have a checkbook. Simply supporting a digital method enables 100% of your church body to donate if they want to.

5) About 10 Million Tithers in the US Donate $50 Billion Yearly to Churches and Non-Profits


Church giving statistics: 50 billion given annually

Of all the numbers in this article of surprising church donation statistics, this is by far the most optimistic number. It proves there is a massive number of people out there who are putting money where their mouth is in terms of making the world a better place. It champions support and gives hope that our world will continue to grow into a place we all love a bit more each year.

There is no doubt that this is an impressive figure in terms of yearly donations and it goes to show that there are plenty of people out there who enjoy donating for causes they believe in. 

As long as you articulate your message and need for tithings, as well as offer easy ways for them to donate, there is no reason you can’t reach your own yearly fundraising goals! If you are looking for more tips on how to improve your current donation statistics, check out our blog! It’s full of great content for churches, ministries, and NGOs to take and make the world a better place, one donation at a time.

Ready to Transition to Digital Giving? Contact mobileAxept today! 


5 Surprising Church Giving Statistics For 2020

We’ve helped to bring digital giving mainstream by working with churches to expand their tithing options, including through our text giving and online services. 

With our GiveNow Text solution, you can accomplish everything from registration, setting up recurring payments, and editing your settings right from a text! 

And our GiveNow Online option allows members of your church to conveniently — and most importantly, securely — give while simply visiting your website. 

If you’re interested in increasing your donations, then request a demo today to get started! 

Or, call us at 888-500-1997 for more information. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:


Does accepting online tithing increase my total donations?

When it comes to accepting financial contributions at your church, you want to make donating as easy as possible. On average, churches that accept tithing online see an overall increase in donations by a substantial 32%.

How many people in a church tithe on average?

For as often as tithing is talked about, unfortunately, only about 10-25% of a normal congregation regularly tithes. This metric only tracks recurring givers and doesn’t account for one-time donations or any other offerings that are taken.

How much money is tithed each year in the United States?

In the United States, there are about 50 Billion dollars donated to churches and other non-profits around the country annually. For perspective, pet owners in the United States spent almost 70 Billion on pet products in 2017.

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