Pass The Smartphone

Image: Seattle Times

I have several friends who spend a great deal of their time raising funds for houses of worship. They recently told me their efforts are now completely digital. No more pass the plate. It’s now, pass the smartphone.

Boy have things changed.

There is a growing list of online donation sites and apps right across the United States.Those in the lead are NYCharities.org, PushPay, Venmo and Network for Good, FaithStreet.and Tithe.ly.

The New York Post recently ran a story that said, “Americans gave $122.9 billion to religious institutions in 2016. These sites are reportedly boosting donations around 30 percent.”

Mobile payments overall in the US soared 72 percent, to $187.8 billion, in 2017, according to Juniper Research.

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