Vanco Services, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions, has announced an expansion of its strategic sponsorship with the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). The multi-year sponsorship marks a significant increase in the electronic giving program that has been in place since 2002 when GCFA first approved Vanco as the administrator for the United Methodist Electronic Funds Transfer (UM EFT) program. The program, which began as a way for churches to receive regular contributions via electronic funds transfer, has since expanded to include credit and debit cards as well as online and mobile giving. The goal of the expanded partnership is to accelerate the adoption of electronic giving methods for the local church. GCFA recognizes that the way people made payments ten years ago is not the way they make payments today.
Specifically, GCFA and Vanco have developed a convenient mobile-device app that will allow members and visitors to make donations to the church while they are at church or if they are away. The app, called "Easy2Give", now available as a free download for Android devices. An Apple iOS version will be available by the end of the year.
To donate, the user searches and finds a local United Methodist church, or one nearby if traveling, using GPS enabled technology. Users can even set a church as their “home” church to conveniently donate to the United Methodist church of their choice. Churches with a Vanco account are able to receive funds with the app. To help promote the program among church members, Vanco has developed a sample bulletin message to distribute to church members and visitors to further explain how to use the app.
“GCFA serves the people of The United Methodist Church by exploring and vetting opportunities to increase funds for ministry by reducing administrative expenses. Vanco offers products that can help churches achieve that goal,” said Moses Kumar top executive of GCFA.
“The original program has been a great success,” said Jeanne Spencer Rose, President and General Manager for Vanco Services. “It was exciting to be part of their original efforts and we look forward to helping them take electronic giving to the next level.”
Vanco Services, LLC is a payments company that processes electronic transactions for more than 30,000 businesses and organizations, including more than 15,000 churches and nonprofits. Vanco offers several proprietary web-based electronic payment solutions that may be deployed as a comprehensive suite or implemented individually to meet specific needs. Vanco is a PCI (Payment Card Industry) Level 1 Compliant Service Provider.