Elvanto Features

Elvanto

An all-in-one hosted church management software solution

4.52/5 (112 reviews)

Elvanto Feature Summary

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

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Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Attendance Management
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Barcode Scanning
Calendar Sync with Google
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Custom Fields
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Customizable Reporting
Data Import
Electronic Payments
Event Calendar
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API
Access Control
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Attendance Management
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Barcode Scanning
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Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
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API
Access Control
Accounting Integration
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Attendance Management
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
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Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Data Import
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Mobile apps

iOS App


5 reviews

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


124 reviews

Elvanto Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Elvanto's features:

Kennon Bickhart

A Great, Well Rounded ChMS System!

2016-10-20

You get to start with an actual instance and import your real data.

Pros

Service Planning, People Management, Customizable Reports, Group Management, Check-in System, Top-notch Support, Responsive Design for easy access across all devices

Cons

Form Builder can be limiting on available actions after a user submits a form, Reports are super customizable but many built-in reports cannot be saved in an easy to view location, Mobile app is a work in progress

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Visit their Help site (help.elvanto.com). They have a super helpful forum, and support form. Use them. They will help you get the most out of the software as quickly as possible.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Josh Edney

Expansive Church Management System

2019-05-23

Pros

I'm a huge fan of the types of reports you can run on this church management platform.

Cons

It takes a WHILE to import contacts from a previous church management system.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Chris Pope

Best Church Management Software I've used

2016-10-20

Whilst functionality and UI are important, solid backup and support is critical.

Pros

Integrates with many 3rd party applications.

Cons

Check-In printing can be hit and miss (your average volunteer struggles if things go sideways).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Check it out, you will kick yourself if you choose an alternative without thoroughly evaluating Elvanto. I've used a few systems and Elvanto needs to be a prime candidate on your list.

Source: Capterra
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Brian Roskamp

Best bang for your buck

2016-10-26

The key features that made Elvanto stand out and were our deciding factors were service scheduling, volunteer management, and calendar/event management.

Pros

Feature-set, price, customer service

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrew Yang

Church Management made easy!

2016-10-20

Since we've implemented Elvanto, rostering our volunteers, managing our events and services has been so much easier!

Pros

From small groups, to rostering, even integration with CCLI.

Cons

Not many cons, but if I need to add something here then in the reporting section, we require the information in some specific ways.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Give it a try. It does take a little while to setup but it is worth it.

Source: Capterra
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Melissa Hind

Fantastic Program - Changed the way we do church

2016-10-20

Elvanto has always answered cries for help quickly and any issues we have is usually because we've pushed the wrong button and happen very occassionally It truly has changed the way we manage our church database runsheets and services.

Pros

rostering, notes, calendar management, online event rsvps, ease of use

Cons

occassional glitch but very rare

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Thomas Almnes

Church management with lots of capabilities

2016-10-20

Elvanto has a nice REST based API (altough a bit limited) which lets you integrate with other applications and systems.

Pros

All basic functionality for church and group management is there.

Cons

I had hoped that Elvanto put more effort in making functionality that is flexible and an fully featured API. In this way every church has the ability to ajust the system to their needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Drew Caperton

Elvanto has been a game-changer for our 300+ member church

2016-10-20

We use Elvanto for database, attendance, assigning contacts, running reports, email, and texting our people.

Pros

The fact that contact info, group and service attendance, notes, and activity log on each person is available with a few clicks.

Cons

The user interface for services and volunteering is a bit off par.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Always willing to listen and fix problems. Even though they are in Australia and we are in Texas, I've never been stranded by them.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Elvanto


Thanks so much for the feedback Drew! I'd love to hear what we can do to improve our services and volunteering interface. If you had time, could you email in your thoughts to support [at] elvanto [dot] com?

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Wes Gunn

Good product

2016-10-20

It helps you organize your church with service planning, scheduling, groups, and communication. There are a few functions we wish were added, but the team regularly adds greater functionality.

Pros

Financial management, scheduling, church directory, awesome introductory price for church plants

Cons

It doesn't currently integrate with our online giving platform (EasyTithe), limited on the groups side with members being able to see and communicate with each other, Some things are difficult to figure out how to customize.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

It's a good choice.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Elvanto


Thanks Wes! We'll be sure to reach out to EasyTithe to see what we can do about integration!

We are currently working on message boards for groups in the Member Area and will be adding more features like group search and more.

What are the areas you found difficult to customize? I'd love to look to see what we can do.

Cheers,
Ben

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Gordon Wild

Easier for our staff, empowering for our congregation

2016-10-20

We follow up and support our people better through accurate attendance and directory information.

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
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Nelson Anna

Useful online church membership database

2016-11-04

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Religious Institutions company, 1-10 employees)

A solid church management software

2020-06-11

Overall, I like Tithe.ly Church Management for what we use it for as a church staff.

Pros

It helps us to keep track of forms, statistics and contact information.

Cons

The user interface can be a little confusing at times and therefore, it isn't quite as intuitive as I'd like for it to be.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Pete Hughes

Great, simply great

2016-10-20

One thing that would make things better is a project management module.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Reports are a bit clumsy and need some work

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

A project management tool like Trello would help.

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, 11-50 employees)

Gets all our team on one page

2018-10-09

Our team and Pastors love the workflows and day to day use after it's setup

Pros

We love that it's fully online, in the cloud Easy to make custom fields Smartphone apps SMS text support for Australia Automatic notifications to fill out attendance reports

Cons

A little "clunky" in some features Permissions a little confusing at times

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Patrick Browne

Took our local church to the next level.

2016-10-20

SMS and Emails to groups and/or the whole church take seconds. Automatic reporting i.e. who's having a birthday in the next few weeks emailed the elders was easy to setup.

Pros

Online/Cloud Based

Cons

Takes a bit to train church members in the use of the rostering system

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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David Brandt

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

2017-08-12

Pros

It's great for keeping track of attendance, and following up with new people, 7.

Cons

Also, without 'conditional logic' (like Gravity Forms or Ninja forms) the Elvanto registration forms can be limiting for certain types of events.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Janel Navran

Amazing System

2017-10-13

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.

Pros

We as users have a lot of freedom to manipulate advanced searches and reports to cater to what we need.

Cons

Not user friendly for volunteers that are on the run and not working from our church office (for follow-up purposes).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Kirsten Kroeker

Awkward and difficult

2016-07-17

After a year of searching for an "all inclusive" church management software, we landed on Elvanto.

Pros

[Should be] everything in one: it was meant to get rid of the myriad of different systems we used for child checkin, accounting, communications, booking venues, and volunteer follow up...

Cons

Accounting: after a month of training, our accountants vetoed using the software, saying it was too complicated and didn't accomplish their needs. Volunteer management: allows for some management, if you have a consistent team.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

3/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

Unles you are a high-tech savvy church, with solid tech support and a firm commitment to push through the learning curve, don't bother. There are simpler systems out there that do the job as well or better.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Elvanto


Sorry to hear about your bad experience Kirsten.

It really sounds like our customer support was lacking in your case as some of the issues you have faced (like setting up multiple check-in printers and getting them to work) should be easy to sort out.

At this stage we are stuck with DYMO label printers (those expensive ones you mentioned) simply because other label printers don't have good web support. We are keeping an eye on the other manufacturers and will integrate with them as soon as we can!

Bookings I believe we did have a bug where it wasn't bringing up conflicts but this has been fixed since. We're constantly improving and fixing any bugs that appear.

Accounting is not something we fully support. We focus on tracking giving and let proper accounting software to handle that side of things. We plan to create some integrations though.

Lastly volunteer management. We've recently released scheduling preferences that should help make it easier to manage volunteers.

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Jon Guyer

Elvanto leads the pack

2016-10-20

It integrates with key products like SongSelect and bulk SMS providers, and its API allows handy customizations.

Pros

Billed for the number of members, not for community contacts. Handy integrations with other products.

Cons

Confusing variety of ways to attach files to songs and services. API is missing some key features for service planning.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

There are cheaper (and free) products, but this is best product in the space right now

Source: Capterra
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Jan De Lange

Installed at our local church of 500+ Active People to replace 2 other systems.

2015-11-08

Learning curve for staff is easy and members love it. Volunteer management is the best out there and it also offers integration with many other systems.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Gerald Mbebe

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

2017-12-23

It's useful for running a church

Pros

Ability to schedule volunteers, plan services, keep a database of visitors.

Cons

It's expensive, third party applications don't work as advertised.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Josh Easton

Helps us to Shepherd More People

2016-10-20

We particularly love the volunteering / services tools and the attendance and reporting.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Michaels Aibangbee

Elvanto Proud

2016-10-20

Nevertheless it would more valuable to see a few more features included as part of the package, like SMS inclusion, chat/Call app integration, project management app integration and a fully functional mobile interface.

Pros

Designed with the church at heart

Cons

No sms inclusions, cost is less competitive

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Elvanto

See previous comments on page 1

Source: Capterra
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Nicole Barake

Some things we love, some we dont!

2017-12-14

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Dave Moore

Great product and great team behind it

2016-10-21

After using several church management tools, we've loved Elvanto.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support
Source: Capterra
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