SBOM introduces platform to help churches manage virtual giving

The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) and the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) recently announced, a new giving platform available to all Alabama Baptist churches that allows donors to keep giving even without an offering plate.

“The creation of GiveThree65 reflects our deep desire to support the local church by providing a low-cost solution to meet a pressing, ongoing need revealed by the current crisis,” said Barry Bledsoe, TBFA president.

The secure digital giving platform provides four giving channels — an online giving page, text-to-give, noncash giving and a crowdfunding feature — all with no setup fees, subscription fees or contracts. Transaction fees will apply, though donors have the option to cover those fees during the giving process.

Rick Lance, SBOM executive director, said he is grateful for the partnership with TBFA and hopes GiveThree65 helps Alabama Baptist churches during this time of uncertainty.

“This is a simple, clear and low-cost way of utilizing online giving,” Lance said.

New giving options

Through the GiveThree65 website, churches can create an online account and giving page to receive gifts that will then be direct deposited into the church’s bank account at least monthly.

Participating churches receive a toolkit with graphics and instructions to help communicate the new giving options to their members.

The kit includes finished files and editable design files to meet the needs of churches with or without a communications team.

The online giving page creates a giving tool right on the church’s website, blog or Facebook page, merging with the church’s brand through a few simple steps. However, churches that don’t have a website also can set up a giving page at no cost.

The other giving options are managed through the service as well.

Bank information is tokenized and encrypted to keep all information secure through Spreedly, a Tier1, PCI-compliant organization, according to information provided by the SBOM.

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