Researching Planning Center®?
Consider Pushpay®

Planning Center was initially developed for volunteer management, though it now functions as church management software. But in this era of hybrid church, your leadership and congregation deserve a digital toolkit that’s intuitive, engaging, and intentionally crafted to support your mission.

While PCO does provide a technology solution, their platform simply cannot match Pushpay’s complete suite of straight-forward features, customization and branding capabilities, or the supporting tools and functionality that can help take your church to the next level.

Pushpay technology was built on the belief that mission-based organizations need great software specifically designed to advance their ministries. That vision has driven our team to develop the industry-leading technology churches depend on to manage their teams, facilitate secure giving, engage their congregations—and ensure the success of their mission.

Let us show you what Pushpay has to offer compared to Planning Center.

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  • Product Features
  • Church AppsChurch Apps
  • Custom branded Church AppCustom branded Church App
  • Container AppContainer App
  • Dynamic HomescreenDynamic Homescreen
  • Rich Push NotificationsRich Push Notifications
  • Suggested ContentSuggested Content
  • Pre-CheckPre-Check
  • Resi Streaming IntegrationResi Streaming Integration
  • Multi-Campus Targeted Push NotificationsMulti-Campus Targeted Push Notifications
  • App AnalyticsApp Analytics
  • QR Code for App DownloadQR Code for App Download
  • Fill in the blank Sermon NotesFill in the blank Sermon Notes
  • Quick Poll and Open ResponsesQuick Poll and Open Responses
  • Leader AppsLeader Apps
  • On-The-Go Member ProfilesOn-The-Go Member Profiles
  • Volunteer Schedule AccessVolunteer Schedule Access
  • Worship Plan AccessWorship Plan Access
  • Workflows AccessWorkflows Access
  • GivingGiving
  • Simplified GivingSimplified Giving
  • Recurring Gift SuggestionRecurring Gift Suggestion
  • Thank You By FundThank You By Fund
  • Giving Thank You AnimationGiving Thank You Animation
  • Donor InsightsDonor Insights
  • Spanish LanguageSpanish Language
  • In-House Payment Processing ServicesIn-House Payment Processing Services
  • Custom QR Code GeneratorCustom QR Code Generator
  • Email Thank You for Check and Cash GiftsEmail Thank You for Check and Cash Gifts
  • Offline ConversionOffline Conversion
  • Weekly Giving SummaryWeekly Giving Summary
  • Recurring Gift MigrationRecurring Gift Migration
  • Check Scanning and Image StorageCheck Scanning and Image Storage
  • Church Management SoftwareChurch Management Software
  • Group ManagementGroup Management
  • Service PlanningService Planning
  • Event Check-InEvent Check-In
  • Child Check-InChild Check-In
  • Check-In AnnouncementsCheck-In Announcements
  • Lyric and Chord Chart EditorLyric and Chord Chart Editor
  • Twext CapabilitiesTwext Capabilities
  • Serving RotationsServing Rotations
  • Automatic Scheduled ReportsAutomatic Scheduled Reports
  • Create and Share Custom ReportsCreate and Share Custom Reports
  • Pushpay
  • Church Appsno
  • Custom branded Church Appno
  • Container Appno
  • Dynamic Homescreenno
  • Rich Push Notificationsno
  • Suggested Contentno
  • Pre-Checkno
  • Resi Streaming Integrationno
  • Multi-Campus Targeted Push Notificationsno
  • App Analyticsno
  • QR Code for App Downloadno
  • Fill in the blank Sermon Notesno
  • Quick Poll and Open Responsesno
  • Leader Appsno
  • On-The-Go Member Profilesno
  • Volunteer Schedule Accessno
  • Worship Plan Accessno
  • Workflows Accessno
  • Givingno
  • Simplified Givingno
  • Recurring Gift Suggestionno
  • Thank You By Fundno
  • Giving Thank You Animationno
  • Donor Insightsno
  • Spanish Languageno
  • In-House Payment Processing Servicesno
  • Custom QR Code Generatorno
  • Email Thank You for Check and Cash Giftsno
  • Offline Conversionno
  • Weekly Giving Summaryno
  • Recurring Gift Migrationno
  • Check Scanning and Image Storageno
  • Church Management Softwareno
  • Group Managementno
  • Service Planningno
  • Event Check-Inno
  • Child Check-Inno
  • Check-In Announcementsno
  • Lyric and Chord Chart Editorno
  • Twext Capabilitiesno
  • Serving Rotationsno
  • Automatic Scheduled Reportsno
  • Create and Share Custom Reportsno
  • PCO
  • Church Appsno
  • Custom branded Church Appno
  • Container Appno
  • Dynamic Homescreenno
  • Rich Push Notificationsno
  • Suggested Contentno
  • Pre-Checkno
  • Resi Streaming Integrationno
  • Multi-Campus Targeted Push Notificationsno
  • App Analyticsno
  • QR Code for App Downloadno
  • Fill in the blank Sermon Notesno
  • Quick Poll and Open Responsesno
  • Leader Appsno
  • On-The-Go Member Profilesno
  • Volunteer Schedule Accessno
  • Worship Plan Accessno
  • Workflows Accessno
  • Givingno
  • Simplified Givingno
  • Recurring Gift Suggestionno
  • Thank You By Fundno
  • Giving Thank You Animationno
  • Donor Insightsno
  • Spanish Languageno
  • In-House Payment Processing Servicesno
  • Custom QR Code Generatorno
  • Email Thank You for Check and Cash Giftsno
  • Offline Conversionno
  • Weekly Giving Summaryno
  • Recurring Gift Migrationno
  • Check Scanning and Image Storageno
  • Church Management Softwareno
  • Group Managementno
  • Service Planningno
  • Event Check-Inno
  • Child Check-Inno
  • Check-In Announcementsno
  • Lyric and Chord Chart Editorno
  • Twext Capabilitiesno
  • Serving Rotationsno
  • Automatic Scheduled Reportsno
  • Create and Share Custom Reportsno

Robust and Customizable Giving Solutions Proven to Increase Generosity

Pushpay and PCO both provide giving platforms, but the differences between the two are significant:

  • Pushpay was designed to make giving simple—our platform has inspired many other companies to change their giving functionality, but none of them can match the original experience.
  • While Planning Center allows you to upload your church’s logo, our Giving page can also incorporate your church’s colors, a custom header and more; we want you to showcase your branding, not ours.
  • Don’t leave your Spanish-speaking congregants behind—only Pushpay Giving allows for easy toggling between English and Spanish text.
  • Our tools were specifically designed to increase generosity. On average, churches that make full use of Pushpay’s Giving solution see a 12% increase in donations and a 24% boost in recurring givers. What’s more, churches using both our ChMS and Giving Solutions see an average increase twenty-one times larger than their subscription cost.

An App Branded For Your Church

Let your Church family engage with a digital experience that embraces everything unique about your church:

  • Unlike Planning Center, Pushpay makes it simple to incorporate your colors, logos, and background imagery through our Content Management System and Mobile App Studio.
  • Planning Center doesn’t offer sermon notes, podcasts, media, push notifications, or dynamic home screens; Pushpay delivers all that and more.
  • To take advantage of PCO’s suite of software, a user must download 7 different apps, causing confusion and messy clutter for leaders and congregants alike. But Pushpay’s suite streamlines all that functionality and more into just two apps.

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Next Steps & Personalized Thanks

Pushpay’s giving solution isn’t just simple and intuitive—it was specifically developed to encourage donations and help your givers along their faith journey:

  • Only Pushpay offers Recurring Suggestions, a feature that uses patent-pending A.I. and Machine Learning technology to gently encourage your congregation toward establishing good giving practices.
  • Pushpay is the only Church giving platform that offers custom Thank You notes, allowing you to tailor your message to fit your church. Specify what ministry an individual gave to and add a personal note of thanks.
  • Our platform allows you to choose between several animations to acknowledge each gift from your congregants, as yet another (adorable!) way to say thank you that you can’t get from PCO.

The Support You Need

Planning Center’s’s platform is completely self-service. Pushpay offers the onboarding and implementation assistance you need to make the most of your tech:

  • Our all-in-one Customer Portal delivers a unified Help Center where you can search and find articles for all our products, as well as submit and track any support tickets you need assistance with.
  • Pushpay University is our on-demand learning platform that equips leaders to overcome the current and future challenges facing their organizations, bolstered by insights from experts around the world.

Clear Pricing, No Surprises

Pushpay’s platform includes all the functionality you’ll need from day one, as compared to the modular approach of Planning Center:

  • With PCO, a single module of their platform may start at $14/month, but that figure can increase significantly simply by adding more users.
  • With Pushpay, you’ll only need to budget once. Our multi-year agreements ensure you can continue to build your ministry without needing to worry that your costs will grow as your church does.

In-House ACH Giving

Planning Center outsources their Automated Clearing House (ACH) processes to a third party called Stripe, a platform that can see your banking history, account balances and more. With Pushpay, you can rest assured that all your congregants’ payment info is processed in-house:

  • All your users’ account information is saved automatically and securely.
  • Because Pushpay manages all your donations directly, you receive funds faster than other providers.
  • Only Pushpay takes 5 comprehensive security steps to ensure we safeguard the trust you’ve built with your congregation.
  • We’re also the only provider to have Assured® Payments, which ensures that none of your donations are lost or mischarged in the rare event of a service outage.

Comprehensive App Analytics

Pushpay’s Dashboards provide best-in-market insights into your congregations’ engagement:

  • Find out what content is resonating most with your app users through metrics tracking notifications, downloads, usage, and overall engagement score.
  • Only Pushpay delivers a deeper look into which pieces of your content are receiving the most engagement, and at which times of the day or days of the week your members are most tuned in.
  • Donor Development tools keep you up-to-date with where your members are on their giving journey. By identifying new donors, second-time givers, new recurring givers and other identifiable groups, you’ll have the insights to engage and nurture your people in their giving journey.

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Testimonials

Tiffany Meaney
Bellevue Presbyterian Church
"We recently launched a one-time giving campaign to raise funds for refugees forced from their homes in the Congo due to violence in that area. Our goal was $30k, we raised over $400k! This never could have happened without Pushpay!"
Jennifer Ford
Hosanna! Church
"Our whole experience with Pushpay has required such minimal effort on our part. That translated into such a great giving experience on Easter and helped us raise more than $200,000 for four great organizations."
Sarah Jones
First Baptist Church of Reeltown
"Pushpay has been the single greatest avenue of connection between the congregation and the church as a whole. To say that we’ve been blessed through your company is an understatement."

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