Elvanto Software


 

Elvanto is a cloud-based and mobile-optimized church management system (ChMS) with robust tools for managing members and groups, volunteers, events, check-in and finances.

The software's membership management module helps church leaders keep their “people data” organized by collecting contact information, notes, interactions and demographic details in a single location. Member data can be entered manually, or collected through custom forms on websites and in emails. When forms are submitted, member profiles are automatically updated with the new information.

Elvanto’s event management module makes it possible to maintain calendars and keep track of details for multiple events—including room reservations. Event calendars can also be embedded on the church website for all members to view.

Elvanto’s volunteer management module, meanwhile, supports volunteer coordination tasks. Coordinators assign volunteers to positions and are alerted if there is a scheduling conflict. Rosters are then automatically generated and sent to volunteers via SMS messages or emails, and volunteers can choose to accept or decline the position and coordinators can view their responses.

 

Elvanto - Calendar
 
  • Elvanto - Calendar
    Calendar
  • Elvanto - Member directory
    Member directory
  • Elvanto - Service reporting
    Service reporting
  • Elvanto - People flow steps
    People flow steps
  • Elvanto - Services
    Services
  • Elvanto - Group reporting
    Group reporting
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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Robbi from Miracle City Ministries
Specialty: Non-Denominational

March 2015

March 2015

Easy to use and everything you need for church management!

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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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

I've tried the downloadable and "in the cloud" church management software of many, many companies - even the popular ones - and, I’m here to say that Elvanto should be at the top of the list!

To start with, the customer service is fast and friendly! There were times when I literally had to wait days or weeks to get a question answered with some of the other companies, and that has never been the case yet with Elvanto! Most times I get a response within minutes. My method of contacting them has been either email or live chat. I also have the option to call the sales rep any time.

The software within this web-based, in-the-cloud system is amazing! It does everything! I won't even try to name everything. The list would be massive, but trust me; you won't need to use multiple programs to keep your church in order.

Elvanto does not do income/expenses, but I didn't want this feature. I love using QuickBooks Online, which works amazing for our church!

The fact that Elvanto is a web-based system (in the cloud) makes it a powerful system with that feature alone. I can manage my church from anywhere and on any device (computer, tablet, smartphone)!!

The administrative side of Elvanto is so powerful and the most customizable I have seen yet! And let me mention here again that when I say I’ve tried many, many other systems, I really have. For a year and a half, I tried many free trials and even bought some programs, only to be let down by either the customer service or the lack of customizing, lack of features, or very limited Member Portals!

Every little thing I’ve thought of while using Elvanto that would be nice to be able to change, I have found that I could customize! Amazing! And I’ve found customizing possibilities that way exceeded my expectations.

With Elvanto, I can manage my entire church effectively, efficiently, and quickly, and I can be just as creative as I want to be!

Elvanto will powerfully handle the management of all my people, groups, worship teams, community, volunteers, events, finances (including all our giving, batches, reports, year-end letters, labels, etc.), and so much more!

Elvanto has a mass email and mass SMS system that is the best I’ve found anywhere!

Using Reports within Elvanto is amazing! There are many reports already set up, but the ability to customize reports far exceeds anything I’ve seen!

Another great feature is the ability to schedule each service in our church. I can assign the volunteers for that service and they will get notified by email, or I can choose to not have emails sent (they can choose, too), but instead allow them to view their schedules on their very own member portal (another awesome feature I’ll mention in a minute). The services feature is wonderful and much more than I can talk about here.

Now, the Member Portal was one of the big selling features for me! I wanted to make sure the folks in our church had a place they could come to, stay connected and be aware of announcements, events, a church directory (very customizable), their schedules, and pretty much anything else I want to add to this area! There’s also a wonderful calendar I can do anything with! Phenomenal!

Our folks are so excited, but probably not as excited as I am because the ease of use and the time this system will save me is a prayer answered!

Although I haven’t used it yet (I’m still setting things up), Elvanto has a great child check-in system. You can print customized labels for the kids, manage check-ins from any computer or device in your church, and more!

Importing data from your old system is a breeze! There are multiple easy and fast ways to do it. And yes, you can export easily if you ever want to, as well.

Elvanto also has integrations with other companies to make it an even bigger powerhouse for your church! To name a few, PushPay (online giving right on your website or smartphone that integrates with your giving within Elvanto), Song Select (awesome for the worship team), Mailchimp, Twilio, etc.! Love it!

Elvanto is very customizable with colors, backgrounds, your logo, etc. They are even upgrading things to an even better look (which is already wonderful).

Well, I could go on and on, but trust me, this is one church management, in-the-cloud system you will want to try! I believe you will love it! And I know it will make running your church easier, more organized, more efficient, and so on, whether you have 50 people or thousands! You’ll have more time for the things that really matter: God and the folks at your church and in your community!

I thank God for Elvanto! And I think you will too!

 
 
 
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David from Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church

August 2017

August 2017

Tons of features, great customer support, everything you would need in a ChMS at a great price!

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1. Elvanto has a very intuitive admin interface (similar to Wordpress). It's very easy to navigate and full of features.
2. Elvanto features many integrations with other services, such as Songselect, Proclaim, Mailchimp and Tithely, all of which we use at our church.
3. Elvanto gives you the ability to add endless custom fields for each person. These become useful for generating just about any kind of report.
4. Elvanto's customer support is fantastic. They respond quickly and with detailed and clear information.
5. It's great for scheduling volunteers (like a worship team, or nursery workers).
6. It's great for keeping track of attendance, and following up with new people,
7. The Elvanto team is constantly making improvements and working on new features.
8. Elvanto lets you create event registration forms, that allow you to add registrants to your database. That is helpful for follow-up.

Cons

The mobile app could use some more of the admin functionality. Also, without 'conditional logic' (like Gravity Forms or Ninja forms) the Elvanto registration forms can be limiting for certain types of events.

Source: Capterra
 

Alyssa from C3 Los Angeles
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Has most features it should, but could be more robust.

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I assist with several administrative functions for our church, and Elvanto is generally useful and has most of the features it should. I like being able to mass manage within flows and have emails automated. Searching for people is easy, which is great, too.

Cons

Missing key features here and there. For example, rostering can be frustrating. It's hard to assign people to see just the service locations/times they should, and then it's difficult to schedule in advance unless you're doing it on a separate calendar first. There should definitely be a visualization tool to see just an individual team over the course of a whole month, for example.

Source: Capterra
 

Jake from Panavision Hollywood
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

June 2017

June 2017

Streamlined and Fluid

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Planning and organizational applications are wonderful when it comes to getting an entire team on board. Having communication simplified like this has helped immensely.

Pros

Super relative to what it's meant for and makes the drudgery of admin easy. I used to hate setting meetings but this takes the pain away completely.

Cons

Not enough features. I'd like to see more cloud based integration with other apps (music for example).

Source: Capterra
 

Aaron from New Community Church

June 2017

June 2017

We have loved this software. They are great about adding new features to make this great.

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We love the ability to customize user log-in. We can add different users with different amount of accessibility into areas of the software.

Also we focus a lot on being able to pastor people. We can add categorizes of notes. This helps us track and note where people are at. We can also add custom fields to in their profile to track spiritual growth.

We switched to this program and have been thoroughly satisfied. This was also a great price software for church databases.

Cons

It is a little difficult with customer service cause they are an Australian company so at times the time difference for us in the US is hard to maneuver.

The only other con we have found is the graphic appeal of customizing forms and mass email. This is something they are aware of. They have already made improvements since we have used their service.

Source: Capterra
 

Kristen from C3 Los Angeles

June 2017

June 2017

Not super intuitive and functionality lacks

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great branding and well designed logo - makes me want to like and use it more. Ability to add black out dates is easy and having th border of service in there is nice, too

Cons

there needs to be an option to add service days to your cal through an integration, not easy to upload a photo, confusing navigating through the line up - need to be able to text people when you click on their name

Source: Capterra
 

Spencer from New Community Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

It has been so easy to use, provides the functions that we need and customer support is excellent.

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We were able to pastor our people better by knowing who they were and what they needed. the notes option is extensive and very helpful. It is a great benefit to our organization.

Pros

Customization! We can make just about anything look the way we want it to. We can add different things to profiles, link them with Social Media, and if we had issues customer service was always on top of getting us what we needed in a very timely manner.

Cons

It is difficult at times to find what you're looking for based on the titles within heading/main page names (specifically groups and who falls into that or departments).

Source: Capterra
 

Caleb from New Community Church

June 2017

June 2017

Elvanto is a great software that emphasizes the importance of real people.

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The relational aspect of Elvanto has been extremely helpful. I'm a pastor that uses this software with the church and keeping up with people is the most important thing for our team. We want to keep track of people, but we also want to know what's going on in their lives. Elvanto gives our team the opportunity to share with each other notes about people we've connected with during the week. This is extremely helpful for us to keep each other up to date with what's going on in people's lives in our community.

Cons

This software doesnt have many downsides, but an issue would be the service programming. It just takes a few extra steps to do certain things like add notes for a specific department within that service. Sometimes just the organization of creating a service with different elements seems like it could be simpler.

Source: Capterra
 

Esther from Blue Hills Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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It's impossible to find a program that is super simple to navigate while being a full-service solution that you can customize to your needs, at least on the admin side. But Elvanto comes as close as possible to the best of everything. It can be a little overwhelming during the set-up phase, but the preset defaults help. They also have great customer service and very helpful documentation. If you want a powerful solution at a great price, Elvanto is the obvious choice.

Pros

It does everything! (Except full-service accounting). And all the moving parts in the ministry coordinate and interact in a logical manner on a master calendar. You set the rules based on your organizational structure.

Cons

It takes time to set up, but honestly, there is no way to simplify this process. If you want control to make a program yours, you will have to take some time with it.

Advice to Others

Be patient with yourself and the software. Take one area at a time and get it working great. Don't try to launch the whole thing at one time.

Source: Capterra
 

Denice from Sound City Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great Product

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I really enjoy this App. It is web based so able to be accessed anywhere by anyone you chose. Pricing is reasonable and there are so many functions that it s a challenge to use them all efficiently! There is a bit of time involved in the initial set up but well worth it. It is also very user friendly and intuitive. The support guys are constantly improving and updating features and open to suggestions. It combines software like Pastoral Care, Planning Center and Pulse into one integrated platform. ie your database, songs, planning roster and pastoral care with notes and reminders all in one place. Your volunteers can have their own login, volunteer for rosters and communicate directly with their department heads within the app. The security level options allow various levels of access from volunteer to Senior Administrator. You can keep track of groups, training and services and customize for you own specific needs. You can send out emails and link to Mail Chimp and also send out SMS's linked to a provider of your choice from within the app. I love the new feature of being able to add and track Contacts, (as opposed to members), without including them in your payment subscription based on member entries. Contacts are people that you connect with through things like events and youth, that are not usual church goers, but you want to keep them informed of special occasions. It also has financial tracking functions which I think would be handy for very a small church or one in the USA and places where donations are tax deductible. You can also enter pledges and track them. I highly recommend this application and commend Ben and his team for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Pros

The various functionality options and that it is web based so your people can access it from any computer anywhere and reasonably priced.

Cons

Nothing

Advice to Others

All your data is stored off site and secure and not dependent on your local network and PC's to remain secure. No more losing everything because your PC dies.

Source: Capterra
 

Nelson from St Aidan's Anglican Church, Hurstville Grove, Sydney, Australia
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Useful online church membership database

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We've found consolidating our service, contacts and calendar management into one database has been very beneficial. Members use the site and the calendar flows into our website, we're also able to modify and create our own fields to manage volunteer training. The only frustration is the lack of functionality for printing a nice contact list with photos.

Source: Capterra
 

Sara from New Community Church

October 2016

October 2016

Best church database out there

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We've worked with many church databases over the years, but Elvanto trumps them all. It's so simple for volunteers to use, and it allows a database to function as it should: to serve those who use it. We love the ability to take notes on people as we pastor and lead them, the group functions are great, and the forms and reporting functions are awesome. We highly recommend Elvanto all the time!

Source: Capterra
 

Mike from St Andrews Roseville
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Love elvanto

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Love elvanto. Very powerful. Fantastic support. Plus they're improving features/interface regularly.

Pros

Power of searching/reporting.

Cons

Minor: Interface/workflows could be a bit more intuitve

Source: Capterra
 

Brian from Crossroads Apostolic Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Best bang for your buck

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We chose Elvanto as our Church Management System after looking through dozens of systems and demoing several of them. We are a small church of under 100, so we were looking for something cost effective without sacrificing features.

Elvanto had all the features we were looking for and was just within our budget. The key features that made Elvanto stand out and were our deciding factors were service scheduling, volunteer management, and calendar/event management. We also heavily use people management, people flows, and financial tracking, but these features were more common among the systems we tested.

We've been using Elvanto for about two years now and we haven't looked back. I've talked with customer support several times and they've always been prompt, polite and eager to help. They're quick to fix any issues we run into and are happy to hear about ideas for adding new features or improving existing ones.

I'm happy to recommend Elvanto any time someone asks.

Pros

Feature-set, price, customer service

Cons

Some features could be improved to be made useful (like calendar/event reporting, printing, and emailing)

Source: Capterra
 

Angela from Lakeview Community Church
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great product for building & managing church contacts!

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I've been using Elvanto since early 2015 and have been the primary person responsible for building/maintaining our church's database. While there are a few features that seem counterintuitive, I've found the customer service to be excellent and highly responsive. The team works hard to meet customer's needs and they offer training to make sure you know how to use all the available features. They're continually updating and improving, and I'm regularly finding new ways that Elvanto can streamline my job as a church administrator and ministry director!

Pros

Friendly and knowledgable customer service; very powerful software once you learn how to use it!

Cons

Certain minor features don't work as expected; there is a learning curve.

Advice to Others

Try the free account - it allows a small number of contacts and you can go through the tutorials to set up your account and see if it's right for you!

Source: Capterra
 

Brian from Lakeview Community Church

October 2016

October 2016

Great Affordable CMS

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Been very satisfied with the program and the price. It does everything we need and more at a much better price than the other programs we were looking at.

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Cost
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Cons

Might not have every "bell and whistle" other programs have.
There is a learning curve to use it

Source: Capterra
 

Tim from Macquarie Anglican

October 2016

October 2016

Great product, good support.

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We've been using elvanto for the past 4 years, and found that overall it is a really well rounded and useful church database. Whilst its a fairly steep learning curve to setup (i.e. access permissions, departments, groups, locations, service types!), once its going it takes care of may of the people admin tasks that churches have. Tech Support are very fast to respond and always happy to help. Our main uses are:
* Compliance (i.e. accurate record keeping and reporting for WWCC's etc
* Giving leaders access to the info they need (access permission are quite powerful here)
* Events & Registrations
* Church member "intranet" so that the main website is outsider focussed
* Service planning & rostering
* Communications (email, sms)
* Followup reporting and Pastoral care CMS

It still lacks some desirable features (i.e. integrated event payment facilities [coming!], advanced reporting logic, advanced form logic, clunky files system), but update and new features are regularly rolled out, and often the result of user requests (we've had a few of our wishes granted... eventually!).

Source: Capterra
 

Darryn from Hutt City Church, NZ
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

A value for money system

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We have been using Elvanto for about 18-months now. It was a step up from our previous package. There was a bit of a learning curve as you would expect for learning any new system. We have been pretty pleased with the support we have received. One of the main reasons we went to Elvanto was the ability to export data and manipulate it for various purposes. While no package is perfect, overall we feel that Elvanto covers most bases and is good value for money.

Pros

Data can be easily manipulated.
Value for money.

Cons

Some of the report layouts aren't as intuitive as we would like.

Source: Capterra
 

Tony from Ministerio Casa de Mi Padre

October 2016

October 2016

Best Value for Churches

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When looking for church management software, I came across Elvanto. Without doubt, this has been one of the best decisions for us. Having used other systems, and some concurrently, with Elvanto, it's been one of the best values. The price point is cheaper than other systems, and delivers more features than some. In fact, with a competing service, we were paying almost double just to have volunteer scheduling and child check in, whereas we get so much more from Elvanto. Now, because Elvanto does a lot, it's easy to get lost or overwhelmed in managing the system, but the support team has always been attentive, answering any e-mail that I've sent within 24 hours, even on weekends. The times that something wasn't available presently, I've been glad to see the team suggest it as a future feature, and even see some of them become features that I now use. We currently use this to manage everything, and am glad that there is no local software that need to be installed, since everything is web-based. In this way, implementation has been super easy, and we can allow more of our members to access what they need to without any limitations. This is one of the reasons why adaptation by my team was quick. I would recommend Elvanto to anyone looking for a ChMS.

Source: Capterra
 

K from Life Church Parramatta
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Elvanto 100%

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We use Elvanto to manage the background of our church - small groups, rosters, calendar, events, registrations, member database, etc. It is excellent. Powerful, easy to use and loads of features. We have been using it for over a year and I don't even feel we've cracked all of it's potential. Customer service is fantastic. I always get a reply either instantly to within a couple of hours. I compared for months to other software and this one came out on top.

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Look, features, ease of use

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Have two super users because there is lot to train if one leaves.

Source: Capterra
 

Erik from Real Life Community

October 2016

October 2016

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We've been thrilled with Elvanto for so many reasons. We use it for member database, communication, giving tracking (integrated with a number of key giving companies), scheduling volunteers, planning services - and so much more. Online support is excellent. Can't go wrong here.

Source: Capterra