Elvanto Blog

Tithe.ly is Here!


It’s official! After many months of anticipation, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our Tithe.ly integration. Now, any donations made through Tithe.ly can be automatically synched with your Elvanto account!

We hope you’re as excited as we are. The cool thing about Tithe.ly is that there’s so many options when it comes to giving method. They offer mobile app giving, automated giving, text giving (even for the Aussies!) and even have a nifty widget for your website. As a team we love the tithe.ly front end user experience – ease of use is what we’re all about :)

Setup instructions can be found on this pageIf you haven’t already got an integrated online giving provider, jump over and have a look for yourself! Signing up for an account is free and super easy to setup.

It’s our heart that integrations like these help your church be more efficient and effective. We’d love to hear your thoughts and requests – let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see get released!

Happy trialling,


Upcoming EU Server Maintenance

It’s time to give our EU customers more power to speed up the server. We will be performing a quick upgrade on Monday, 23 November 2015 at 4:00:00 AM UTC time to make this possible.

We don’t expect it to take long but we’ve scheduled a 30 minute window anyway to ensure everything is working as it should.

Our EU server customers are spread out across the globe, we’ve tried to schedule this at a time that should affect you least.

Thanks for your patience while we continue to improve our services as we grow! Over the coming months we’ll be continuing to add more power to our servers to ensure they are running quick as :)

Have a great weekend!


New Updates to Contacts (and more!)

It’s getting closer to Christmas, but our updates are still coming full speed ahead! Here’s some of the most exciting things we’ve done the last two weeks.

New Online Giving Partner

We’re pleased to announce a new online giving partner, Tithe.ly. We love these guys and are so excited to now have a provider with text giving (among other things!). Full blog post coming shortly, but for those super keen check out setup instructions on this page.


Improved Service Warnings

Added in warning when rostering a volunteer with no service times selected

More flexibility for Contacts

After much thought, we have made a number of changes to allow for your community contacts to be better utilized in the system. Our heart is to make this a useful feature for your ministry!

As a start, we’ve:
-Removed Service Attendance restriction for Contacts
-Removed Check-in restriction for Contacts
-Allowed for read only custom fields (where they were previously hidden)
-Contacts now use the same layout as their people category

Check-in improvements

This is only the beginning of things we’re wanting to improve on for Check-in, but there are officially new placeholders, options for account-wide printing and several other improvements.

Full details of all that’s new can be found on the releases page. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of other excited things coming in the coming months!

That’s all For now,

The Elvanto Team

We are now accepting US dollars!

Elvanto is now in 28 countries! We are so blessed that God has given us the opportunity to impact churches at a global scale, so thanks for being on the journey with us :)

To continue to improve our global presence, we are now accepting US dollars!

Existing customers will not be affected by this change and will continue to pay the same amount in Australian dollars. They do however have the opportunity to switch to US dollars at any time. Any new customers from Australia or New Zealand will continue to pay in Australian dollars. However, any other new international customers will now see US dollars.

Our plan and pricing structure remains the same except the prices have been tweaked to reflect the USD currency. USD plans start from $30 USD per month.

US dollars are available so widely we felt it was the obvious way to go. We hope that this change will make it easier for our international customers and will help a lot of you avoid those foreign transaction fees!

How to switch to US dollars for existing customers

If you’re an existing customer outside of Australia and New Zealand, you have absolutely no obligation to change currency. We’re happy for you to continue to pay in Australian dollars for as long as you wish! If you would like to switch to US dollars, however, it’s quite simple.

Simply login to your account and navigate to the ‘Billing & Plan’ page. From here, you’ll see a button labeled ‘Change Currency’. Click this button.


You will then be taken to a page which tells you the cost of your current plan in both Australian and US dollars. You can use a currency converter to compare the prices and make a decision on whether or not you’d like to make the switch.


If you wish to proceed, fill in any required details and you’ll be instantly transferred.

Are we going to support other currencies in the future?

We hope so, but at this stage we don’t have an ETA or a list of exactly what currencies we plan to accept. Watch this space!

We hope this update is of benefit to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our billing team. They’ll be happy to help in any way they can!

We’ve got some other updates coming to the software side of Elvanto today too so watch this space!

CEO & Founder

A new Level of Field Privacy

You asked, and we listened. After much thought and planning, we’ve released a number of new options to allow greater flexibility when working with both custom and built-in people fields. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

The release brings a number of changes and improvements to the area that are worth considering, so for implementation we have supporting documentation available here.

Ability to lockdown headings, custom and built-in people fields

Once a feature limited to custom fields, users now have the ability to restrict access to all fields within a person’s profile. This is done utilizing Access Permissions, and can be done at both the people category and global level.

As well as this, there’s a new option, ‘View Only’, which gives users ‘view’ access, but not ‘edit’ access to fields.
Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 9.18.35 AMChanges to fields can also be applied to the ‘My Profile’ layout separately, meaning you can decide how members deal with their own information, irrespective of Access Permissions.


Ability to define whether fields are able to be used in Reports and People Views

Global field configuration allows you to decide how the field will appear account-wide. If you have a particularly sensitive field, you now have the option to hide it in Reports and People Views, or Advanced Searches.


Intuitive Restriction Warnings

Ultimately, the point of Access Permissions is to ensure people have access to the things they need in your account, and no more. We’ve added in new notifications when changes are made that might affect other areas of the account, where there are already other lockdowns to consider (in places like files, posts and pages).


Other News

Along with this, there were a few small fixes and UI updates, and we added a new SMS provider, Bulletin. You can view the full release notes on this pageWe’ve also got a new Roadmap page to help track what’s coming up with development. We’ll continue to build on this in the coming weeks!

That’s all for now,


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