Elvanto software


88 reviews(4.5/5)
88 reviews(4.5/5)

Elvanto is a cloud-based church management system (ChMS) that provides churches functionalities to manage members, groups, volunteers, events, check-in and finances.

Elvanto's membership management module helps church leaders keep their database organized by collecting and storing contact information, notes, interactions and demographic details in a central repository. Member data can be entered manually, or collected through custom forms on websites and via emails.

Elvanto’s event management module helps users to maintain calendars and keep track of details for multiple events that also includes room reservations. Event calendars can also be embedded on the church website for members to view.

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

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Linux , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 2000 , Windows 8

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  • Corey from Faith Lutheran Church

    July 2018

    Great way to find tools to speed up work flow.

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    Pros

    I often have a vision for a design project and using this site, I am able to speed up the process by finding ready-made photoshop actions to make my vision a reality WAY quicker and better than I could have done myself.

    Cons

    It's sometimes difficult to navigate if you don't know exactly what you are searching for. It's much easier when you know what you need than just browsing.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    April 2018

    Loved the mobile app too!

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    Pros

    As the title says we loved the mobile app functionality and it was priced really well for what we wanted and the fact there is no charges for add ons. This definitely made it into our top five when we looked at a lot of software.

    Cons

    The service programming can be a little haphazard and the mobile app while it is cool we are looking forward to some improvements there. We will be able to pastor our people better by knowing who they are

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Gerald from Hope Church

    Specialty: Christian, Protestant

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    December 2017

    Elvanto is a useful up but expensive and not all that you will need to run a church

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    It's useful for running a church

    Pros

    Ability to schedule volunteers, plan services, keep a database of visitors. Track giving and track the flow of newcomers.

    Cons

    It's expensive, third party applications don't work as advertised. It's not easy to use and at times foolish. You can't schedule someone for more than one thing at a time. But in reality you can lead the service and welcome new comers

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  • Nicole from Vantage Church

    Specialty: Non-Denominational

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    Some things we love, some we dont!

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    Pros

    Scheduling services, rostering teams, and forms are pretty good. It would be nice if the software was more intuitive and able to copy over settings from one service to the next

    Cons

    The event registration portal does not work very well for us, it did not track cash payments and we need to re work the report when we print it to update with who had paid by cash

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  • Brandon from Red Village Church

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2017

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

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2017

    Elvanto is an excellent software to help track and organize your volunteers and programming needs.

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    Pros

    Elvanto gives you so many options for such a great price. Similar Software will charge you far more to complete the same functions and tasks.

    Cons

    The giving portion is not as up to date as other online and mobile giving platforms. For large organizations initial start up can be tiresome.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Janel from C3 Brooklyn

    Specialty: Christian, Protestant

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2017

    Amazing System

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    Would love to really implement new integrations to help engage people in new ways and make it easier for volunteers and staff to use Elvanto on the run. An App would be AMAZING that has full function. As well as integrations to elevated reporting dashboards. We would love to build a follow-up app as well that links with Elvanto to make it easy for people to make calls, add notes, tag others while on the run.

    Pros

    Great customer service and high functionality! We as users have a lot of freedom to manipulate advanced searches and reports to cater to what we need. Top class in that department. Also the reporting functions for groups is amazing.

    Cons

    Doesn't have a full functioning app. Not user friendly for volunteers that are on the run and not working from our church office (for follow-up purposes). Dashboards could be better to show key indicators digitally and graphically inspiring. We don't use Elvanto currently for our rostering, only for database and pastoral/follow-up. We also create all our reports manually based on exported reports on Elvanto. We find the display is just as important and the numbers.

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  • David from Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church

    August 2017

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

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    Pros

    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alyssa from C3 Los Angeles

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    June 2017

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

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    Pros

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jake from Panavision Hollywood

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    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).

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Aaron from New Community Church

    June 2017

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

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    Pros

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kristen from C3 Los Angeles

    June 2017

    Not super intuitive and functionality lacks

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    Pros

    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

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Spencer from New Community Church

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    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).

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Caleb from New Community Church

    June 2017

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

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    Pros

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kristy from Dreambuilders Church

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    April 2017

    A Quality Product

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    I have been administering Elvanto across 5 locations now for close to 4 years. All locations have differing needs and we have found a great deal of flexibility within this program. During this time we have seen Elvanto grow rapidly but in all this time never has their been any compromise in the level of customer service or the quality of a program they provide. I have found the team extremely approachable and always willing to help. I am confident that they are continually reviewing the product and enhancing it for the benefit of their customers. Would happily recommend this product to other churches.

    Pros

    End user usability.

    Cons

    Limitations with Access Permissions

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Esther from Blue Hills Church

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2016

    Full service package

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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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Denice from Sound City Church

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    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

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Nelson from St Aidan's Anglican Church, Hurstville Grove, Sydney, Australia

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Sara from New Community Church

    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!

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mike from St Andrews Roseville

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    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

    Review Source: Capterra
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