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Although there is bias in this article because we believe Elvanto is a great fit for most churches, we hope to give you a better understanding of the differences between Elvanto and Planning Center. At the end of the day, our heart is that you find the right product for your church and if we can help you make that decision, then we are happy.
Our goal here is to be as factual as possible. If anything has changed or we've listed something incorrectly, please reach out so we can fix it immediately.
We aren't into add-ons or charging for additional features or modules. Our heart has always been to give customers everything they need at a single price point. And that's exactly what we do. You get all our existing features and all our future features at no additional cost.
Planning Center has taken the approach to charge for many additional features and modules. What may seem cheap to begin with may actually end up costing a lot more in the end!
We charge for active adults. That's it. Children and community contacts can be stored in Elvanto free of charge. Active adults are individuals that either volunteer, give financially or attend regularly. We also do not charge a setup or termination fees and our plans have no lock-in contracts.
Within your plan, everything is unlimited! Unlimited check-ins and event registrants to name just a couple.
Planning Center has multiple products with additional cost which quickly adds up to a substantial amount of money. Additional charges include how many check-ins you can perform and how many registrants for events.
Because Elvanto is an all-in-one solution it means everything talks and integrates much better than something that is made up of multiple products. We work very hard to make your experience streamlined. When products are separated and decoupled, it can cause issues around how well they are integrated.
Customer service and support is one of the most important aspects of what we offer. If you sign up to a great product, you expect to get great customer service. This is why we have a dedicated Customer Happiness Officer! :)
At Elvanto we pride ourselves on our ability to provide you with customized service. We offer unlimited support to assistance any person from your church using Elvanto whether it be the senior pastor or a volunteer who serves once a month. You can reach out and talk to us on the phone, live chat and email.
In this day and age, privacy and security of data is so vital especially when it comes to storing personal data. At Elvanto we have servers based in Australia, Europe and the United States meaning your data is closer to home depending on your location and at the same time offers better privacy of your data.
As mentioned in the previous point, we have servers strategically located in Australia, Europe and the United States. This means each click or page load doesn't have data travelling around the world and back to you, saving you seconds per click and hours of productivity each year!
Elvanto is very scalable and has powerful customization to allow all churches, no matter their size, to use Elvanto effectively. We are constantly making improvements and adding features to help made you do church life better.
At the end of the day Planning Center is a great product, but it's not right for every church due to the higher overall cost if you require more than a couple of add-ons. Be sure your church is evaluating all the right options and making the right choice for your congregation!