April 18, 2011

Within a decade, collection baskets may be collecting more dust than cheques as more Catholics switch to electronic giving.

"I think it is an exciting new way for people to give to the Church," said Michael Murphy, executive director of the International Catholic Stewardship Council.

With the chequebook becoming obsolete and more people shopping online, the Catholic Church and its related charities are learning about spending habits, said Murphy.

Online giving has increased donations for many nonprofit organizations. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a study of 600 charities that used such a system showed that 79 per cent of them raised more in 2010 than they did in 2009, while 21 per cent raised less.