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Spring Clean Your Giving: A Guide for Churches and Places of Worship

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Spring is a time for renewal, often marked by the age-old tradition of spring cleaning. But as we dust off our shelves and declutter our closets, it’s important to remember that our digital spaces deserve a refresh too. 

In today’s digital age, where so much of our daily lives rely on online platforms and systems, it’s essential we address more than just our physical clutter. And not just in our personal lives, but our organizations too. 

In this post, we’ll explore essential steps to refresh and optimize your place of worship’s digital infrastructure. By dedicating time and effort to spring clean these essential systems, you’ll save valuable time, enhance efficiency, and ensure a seamless giving experience for your donors today and in the future. 

Just as we tidy up our homes to create a harmonious living environment, spring cleaning our digital systems sets the stage for success and ensures your organization is operating at its best. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and embrace the spirit of spring cleaning! 

Spring cleaning checklist for places of worship 

To begin your spring cleaning journey, let’s tidy up your Givelify Analytics Studio. While this digital giving platform is a powerful tool for managing donations, it’s important to occasionally check in to ensure things continue to run smoothly. By following this checklist, you can ensure accurate financial reporting and seamless account management. 

Review and reconcile finances

To start, carefully review and compare your Givelify Analytics Studio envelopes and funds with your church management or financial systems. This step will ensure that both systems are in sync and all transactions are correctly recorded for seamless year-end reporting. This not only helps your organization maintain financial transparency but also ensures your organization’s financial health is accurately reflected. 

Perform integration maintenance 

Verify and update login credentials for any automatic integrations with church management systems. This step ensures an uninterrupted flow of donation information between systems, preventing any data discrepancies or disruptions in financial tracking. Keeping these integrations up-to-date is essential for efficient record-keeping and timely reporting. 

Run quarterly giver report

To streamline year-end reconciliation, it’s a good idea to run quarterly reports. This proactive measure helps prevent last-minute discrepancies during tax season, enabling you to prepare year-end statements with ease. By reviewing giving patterns and trends regularly, you can also gain valuable insights to help you make informed decisions and better plan for future financial needs. 

Manage user permissions

Review authorized users and officers to ensure appropriate access levels. This step not only prevents unauthorized access to sensitive financial data, but also facilitates seamless communication with Givelify support, should the need arise. Regularly updating user permissions and credentials enhances security and accountability within your organization’s financial management processes. 

Review giving envelopes 

Now that the spring giving season has passed, it’s the perfect time to tidy up your envelopes and make space for your summer and fall giving campaigns. Remove any outdated envelopes and reorder them according to your priorities. As you plan and strategize campaigns for the rest of the year, consider creating dedicated envelopes for specific causes or funds to channel donations effectively. 

Bonus: spring cleaning checklist for donors 

Spring cleaning is important not only for your organization but also for your donors. Although Givelify’s mobile donation app works seamlessly, donors can enhance their overall experience by taking a few simple steps. Share these spring cleaning tips with your congregation to ensure a smooth giving experience all year long. 

Update donor profiles 

Encourage donors to update their profiles within the Givelify app. It is important to emphasize the accuracy of key information such as their address, email, and phone number. By ensuring their profiles are up-to-date, you can provide accurate year-end statements and seamless communication with your donors throughout the year.

Set reminders or recurring giving 

Remind your donors that they can give anytime, anywhere. Encourage them to set up reminders and recurring giving before the summer season begins. This will ensure continuous support for your place of worship, whether they’re attending service online or out of town for summer vacation. By enabling reminders or automating their giving, donors can ensure they stay consistent with their contributions, no matter where they are. 

Kickstart your spring cleaning 

As you embark on your spring cleaning journey, remember that it’s not just about dusting shelves and sweeping floors. Spring cleaning extends to digital spaces as well. By following this checklist, your organization can save time, ensure accurate reporting, and streamline operations for the remainder of the year — providing a seamless giving experience for both you and your donors. 

About the Author

Lindsey is the Customer Marketing Content Lead at Givelify. She is passionate about creating educational content and joyful experiences that help our Givelify community find success with our mobile giving platform. Through her content, she aims to uplift and support faith-based and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to do more good in the world.

Lindsey Hood