New app takes collection plate into digital age

Posted by Katie Loftus
Friday 15, May 2015 | Category:   Catholic culture
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has adopted Evergive,
a mobile app that brings church communities online.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is partnering with a new app, Evergive, which will allow Catholics in the area to donate money, share prayers, and more from their computers or smartphones.

Father Anthony Giampietro, the interim director of development for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said, "It helps our parishes, especially those with limited resources, get access to a level of technology that they never could have afforded."

While in the past churches used online platforms such as Paypal and Gmail to digitize donations and communications, Evergive puts it all in one place.

With more than 443,000 members, the Archdiocese of San Francisco is Evergive’s largest client to date, and Father Giampietro finds the ability to quickly organize donation campaigns on the application helpful. "The ease with which we could set up a campaign for Nepal or a youth group was astounding,” he said.

The application also has a social aspect, where people can talk about issues or ask for prayers.

James Ioannidis, CEO of Palo Alto-based Evergive, said, "Just because people are only physically going to church once a week doesn't mean that they only have to be part of that community once a week."

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