Elvanto

Elvanto

An all-in-one hosted church management software solution

4.5/5 (104 reviews)

Elvanto Overview

Elvanto is a complete all-inclusive software service specifically designed for church, congregation and worship management. Wholly cloud-based and accessible 24/7 from any browser equipped device or via official companion apps for iOS/Android, the platform offers an intuitive dashboard login fully customizable to adopt community colors, logos and backgrounds. From here administrators and users of multiple access permission levels can view or edit detailed people contacts identified by diverse categories, families and groups. Keep service attendance records with trusted check-in capabilities for adults or children and assign volunteers to scheduled events within the integrated calendar.

Elvanto also handles online donation giving and tracking pledges directly to the contact database while accepting new transaction details via CSV file import. A variety of performance reports can then be generated and shared, supporting export to CSV, Excel or PDF. User accounts are hosted securely across servers based in Australia, Europe and the USA, encrypting data transfers with SSL certificates. Average uptimes of 99.9% keeps access live and available, while automatic daily backups and the ability to set full user permissions also ensures sensitive information is protected.

Pricing

Starting from
€13,50/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, Europe, United States

Supported Languages

English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish

Elvanto Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
93% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Clint B.

Tithe.ly ChMS gives us the mechanism to track discipleship

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/08/19
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I'm excited to see how Tithe.ly ChMS transforms our daily work flow and impacts church growth. It's seems like a very cool company that has a great product and we're happy to be partnering with them!

Pros

What's great about Tithe.ly ChMS is how discipleship-centric it is. The People manager is easy to use and easy to manage. The People Flow feature gives a very unique and useful way to place people - new guests, people on discipleship pathways, etc.. - in a specific flow so that they don't fall through the cracks. We'll now have the ability to get some true metrics beyond just attendance on Sunday. My other favorite feature is the Services feature, which gives us the same capability as Planning Center, but doesn't have the people limitations. We will soon drop our Planning Center subscription because Tithe.ly fills that need.

Cons

The part of the experience that was the least enjoyable was migrating data from our old system to Tithe.ly. First line support seemed to be out of order in where we were in the process. Once we got connected with our migration specialist at Tithe.ly, it got a lot better. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer just about every question.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Brandon R.

Elvanto has been great to use, work with, and so helpful for our church!

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/12/05
Review Source: Capterra

Overall organizational unity and efficiency. Streamlined, standardized and unified volunteer coordination. Centralized mass communication, and a highly user-friendly worship service planning platform and the ability to store the church worship song inventory online for all to utilize as needed.

Pros

I like how intuitive it is and how easy it is to figure out. I can teach functions to even the most tech-challenged people in our church and they are able to know what they need to do with ease. I also like the umbrella of functions it has under the one program for the price point offered. When you go from 100 to 200 active users the price doubling is a bit steep (this is why I gave value 4 stars), but it is comparable to similar programs, but easier to work with. Lastly, the customer service as well has been fantastic from day one and that was a major reason I chose Elvanto over other programs. Their speed of response is typically within 1 day, despite being in Australia, while I'm in the US.

Cons

More than anything it is their phone app, which is fairly useless at this time compared to just logging into the website on your phone (this is where 4 stars on Features comes in). The phone app has yet to be integrated with the majority of functions offered and the development has been too slow to get it going. Elvanto has a community Post board, which we love as a church, but to not have that on the phone app that can give you notifications of a new post seems like a huge oversight. The normal software I really have no issues with at all, if there is something hard to understand or more complicated, there is help available in the forms of tutorials or customer service is an email or chat away. The phone app, however, needs to be pushed through development and in big ways and then Elvanto will be a force to be reckoned with, and our church would have greater integration as people who don't get in front of a computer on a daily basis (i.e. young moms, blue-collar workers, etc.) would have it in their phones too.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Chris P.

Best Church Management Software I've used

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/10/20
Review Source: Capterra

I have used Elvanto for many years now and find it by far the easiest, feature rich ChMS around. Whilst functionality and UI are important, solid backup and support is critical. The Elvanto team are always on hand to answer questions quickly and the support team know their product (sounds obvious but not always the case!).

There is a cost to using the software, but for those trying to weigh up the difference between a manual system vs Elvanto, it's a no-brainer. I wouldn't run my business off excel so why run a church using excel? Everybody I have ever recommended Elvanto has started using it, and within 6 months they say why wasn't I using this before?

Is everything great? There are some areas that have been a frustration. The Check-In system has pro's and con's. Pro is it's web based and works from an iPad. The downside is the printing software is frustrating and doesn't always do what it's told. If you are a portable church this can be an impediment as you must have internet, and the print server can be a little hit and miss. Whilst it may seem retro-grade, I would like to see a rock solid, offline enabled application for child-check in, it's one of those areas that if it fails, goes sideways quickly.

Would this prevent me from using the check-in system? Categorically NO. Unlike some ChMS systems the printers are cheap DYMO's so the overheads and supply options are cheap and easy.

Elvanto have a strong record with feature updates that are well thought out and 'released when market ready'. Product development has been strong and the team are always willing to listen to new ideas or feature requests. Not everything get's implemented, but they do listen and good ideas (or necessities) get implemented quickly. Elvanto is agile.

It's not a perfect system (none are), but compared to most other ChMS systems around Elvanto is one that must be in the top 1-2 on your evaluation list.

Pros

Ease of use.
Feature Rich.
Fantastic Support.
Competitively Priced.
Integrates with many 3rd party applications.
Simply makes church management easier.

Cons

Check-In printing can be hit and miss (your average volunteer struggles if things go sideways).
No "Offline" check-in mode, so mobile churches need to consider internet services (and speeds).
BI is a little behind and could be improved. There are reports, but true "BI" and dashboards are missing.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Gordon W.

Easier for our staff, empowering for our congregation

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/10/20
Review Source: Capterra

We've been with Elvanto since 2012 . It now supports all the core activities of daily life in our congregation - in one program, with one subscription, and without any software compatibility hassles.
This is easier for our staff who ride one learning curve then rise to draw on all Elvanto's capability. This is also empowering for the congregation, because we use Elvanto in a way that empowers the congregation. They plan, communicate, and take action though Elvanto.
As a result...
We follow up and support our people better through accurate attendance and directory information.
We know more specifically what's been happening through the wide range of reports on hand.
We plan our calendar more clearly and book facilities and resources with more confidence.
We communicate more frequently and clearly with our congregation in our emails and SMS.
We organise more effectively for our worship life through the rostering, service planning, and song selection capability in Elvanto.
We equip people with resources through blog posts, sermon outlines, and documents whenever needed.
We have learned to use the new functionality of a program that is in active development [in a good way], as they are responsive to user feedback.
We relax over costs because we only pay for people who are actively involved in church life now - and can still keep in touch with others as Contacts.
We have even more ways we COULD use Elvanto but choose not to so far - such as the online giving or the small group attendance.

Why Elvanto compared to other church management software [CMS] solutions? It was flexible pricing, customisable functions and appearance, software-as-a- service convenience, and a complete set of functions across the board - pastoral, worship, communication, and calendar planning. Elvanto fulfils and exceeds our congregation's expectations and agendas.

Criticisms? Frankly the larger challenge with CMS is the church culture. For some, church life is a sanctuary which they wish was free of passwords or pins. This shift is small pain for large gain, if they take it up. The usage curve is far from level - about a quarter of our people use E most days - and about a quarter log in maybe once every few months. I'm ok with that.

In short, choosing to go with a CMS, and Elvanto specifically, has been the single most significant step forward in organising church life that we have made in the past ten years.

Pros

A very comprehensive solution to church management, with flexible pricing, customisable appearance and functions, secure access control, and freedom from software compatibility issues.

Cons

Getting the broader congregation to draw on its capabilities. Staff and key leaders have taken this up well. There can be cultural expectations that church life is 'low-tech' and simple - I can respect this is some ways. But passwords and online comms are as common as cars and phones in the 21st century. It's ok for people to have to learn.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Robbi S.

Easy to use and everything you need for church management!

Reviewed on 2015/03/28
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

The software within this web-based, in-the-cloud system is amazing! It does everything you'll need to run your church efficiently, and it's very easy to use.

Cons

I love everything, but if I have to pick the least favorite thing, I'd change the looks of the website we work from. It's very nice, but there are a few things I'd do different (more colorful, square boxes for the photos of the congregation vs. round ones, and a cleaner looking layout). But, here's some good news. They're going to give Elvanto a new facelift very soon.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Elvanto Pricing

Starting from
€13,50/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

A free 21-day trial is available, after which:

Up to 50 active adults: €10.80/month (billed annually) or €13.50/month (billed monthly)
Up to 100 active adults: €21.60/month (billed annually) or €27/month (billed monthly)
Up to 200 active adults: €43.20/month (billed annually) or €54/month (billed monthly)
Up to 500 active adults: €108/month (billed annually) or €135/month (billed monthly)
Up to 1000 active adults: €129.60/month (billed annually) or €162/month (billed monthly)

Elvanto Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Attendance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Custom Fields
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reporting

  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Reminders
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Data Import/Export
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Integration
  • Event Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Elvanto

Key features of Elvanto

  • Accept online donations and manage accounts
  • Additional calendar support for Google Calendar
  • Change dashboard branding to match church identity
  • Choose from a variety of report types to generate and share
  • Custom fields for adding diverse details to people contacts
  • Embed event calendars into external church websites
  • Fully customizable web-based interface to match workflow
  • Get automatic event notifications to dashboard or mobile
  • Keep detailed people, family, group and volunteer records
  • Log attendance and process child check-ins efficiently
  • Manage multiple sites across multiple locations
  • Mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices
  • Print name labels for service attendees
  • Schedule and manage events with integrated Event Calendar
  • Secure data hosting and daily automatic backups
  • Set user access permissions at multiple levels
  • Supports check-in methods including barcode scanning
  • View live updates to a centralized activity dashboard

Benefits

  • Online dashboard-based access within the browser, providing intuitive admin tools, and notifications – all fully customizable to match church colors and branding.
  • Use People Categories to log custom details of congregation members, link families, create groups, register volunteers with full search and existing data import options.
  • Child check-in tools safely log attendance across multiple rooms or locations, printing name labels, scanning barcodes and sending SMS notifications to parents.
  • Schedule services or events with Elvanto Calendars or additional Google Calendar support and the option to embed calendars within the church’s own website.
  • View rosters, accept or decline requests and view song lists on the move with companion Elvanto apps for Android and iOS devices.
  • Elvanto FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Elvanto.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Elvanto offer?

    Elvanto offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: €13,50/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    A free 21-day trial is available, after which:

    Up to 50 active adults: €10.80/month (billed annually) or €13.50/month (billed monthly)
    Up to 100 active adults: €21.60/month (billed annually) or €27/month (billed monthly)
    Up to 200 active adults: €43.20/month (billed annually) or €54/month (billed monthly)
    Up to 500 active adults: €108/month (billed annually) or €135/month (billed monthly)
    Up to 1000 active adults: €129.60/month (billed annually) or €162/month (billed monthly)

    Q. What are the main features of Elvanto?

    Elvanto offers the following features:

    • Accept online donations and manage accounts
    • Additional calendar support for Google Calendar
    • Change dashboard branding to match church identity
    • Choose from a variety of report types to generate and share
    • Custom fields for adding diverse details to people contacts
    • Embed event calendars into external church websites
    • Fully customizable web-based interface to match workflow
    • Get automatic event notifications to dashboard or mobile
    • Keep detailed people, family, group and volunteer records
    • Log attendance and process child check-ins efficiently
    • Manage multiple sites across multiple locations
    • Mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices
    • Print name labels for service attendees
    • Schedule and manage events with integrated Event Calendar
    • Secure data hosting and daily automatic backups
    • Set user access permissions at multiple levels
    • Supports check-in methods including barcode scanning
    • View live updates to a centralized activity dashboard

    Q. Who are the typical users of Elvanto?

    Elvanto has the following typical customers:

    Non Profit, Public Administrations

    Q. What languages does Elvanto support?

    Elvanto supports the following languages:

    English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Elvanto offer?

    Elvanto has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Elvanto support mobile devices?

    Elvanto supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Elvanto integrate with?

    Elvanto integrates with the following applications:

    Continue To Give, Mailchimp, PayPal, Pushpay, Stripe, Tithe.ly

    Q. What level of support does Elvanto offer?

    Elvanto offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials