We started our Givt this week. Setting up the scheme was really easy and the help was fantastic. We had our QR code within a day of registering and then we had to set up our bank details for receiving money. This is a little more than a phone call as they ask for a copy of a recent bank statement (which we sent a redacted copy PDF) to verify the account and then it requires a bank signator to verify the direct debit to the account from them. It was simple and painless and on the only item that wouldn’t process they sorted it out by phone within a matter of minutes.
As a church we are slow on the uptake for things like this but I was able to access our dashboard within a half an hour of the end of the service to find we had a donation of £5.00 and by the end of the day we had had 3 donations totalling £120.00
We have no details of who the donations are from this is totally private to the donor. I tried the system myself and the QR code takes you directly to our churches page and then it asks for your donation amount and bank details.
The only thing that was a bit off putting is when you first get on to the site the message comes up in a different language but quickly and automatically it comes up in English.
I know one of the donors and they said that they had simply pointed their phone at the screen and got the site no problem.
I am happy for you to share this with the other Churches who are asking. We are a Church who normally have all our giving by Sunday offering and 90% of this is cash including our gift aid so to use this type of technology is definitely out of our comfort zone but it works really well. … we have to see if it encourages additional giving though.
All our experiences were totally positive and we would certainly recommend any church who has an online presence to consider using this. What is great is that we can continue to use it when we are back gathering together with our offering bags. There are costs involved and we will certainly not use this to substitute to other means of giving but we will encourage additional giving in this way.