Jastine Lumbres
by Jastine Lumbres

Best Websites For Accepting Online Donations

Collecting donations online, without the hassle. 

The expansion of the internet has opened up many venues for collecting donations online for nonprofits. But with all of the options available, nonprofits always meet the same problem: What is the right choice for our organization? Choosing which websites to trust with the crucial task of gathering donations can seem like a stressful undertaking. We want to ease your worries by listing what we believe to be the best websites out there for collecting donations for your nonprofit, complete with fees, pricing, and the kinds of packages each website offers.

Network for Good Donate Now 

Fees: 3% transaction fee for donations and events (includes merchant fees, processing fees, and variable fees)

Pricing: Donation Page $79, Social Fundraising $99, Donor Management $99

What they offer:

Donation Page: This plan includes a personalized, branded, and responsive donation page, reviews, and registration forms for events and ticketing. It also provides a platform for recurring donations, giving levels, automated Thank You responses, and even allows for video embedding.

Social Fundraising: This uses current donors and their networks (social media connections) to gain support. Nonprofits create branded fundraising pages for a specific campaign using provided templates with an easy to follow step-by-step process. This plan is also mobile-friendly, allowing your nonprofit to track your campaign's progress on the go. It even includes video embedding capability and the recurring donation option like the plan above.

Donor Management: Driven by Kindful, this plan manages donor profiles, organizes follow-ups, and gives reports on donor participation. Through contact records, your nonprofit is able to see what social media networks your donors are using and their current involvement with your nonprofit, with built-in options to customize how you connect with that specific donor to boost communication.

Network for Good

Razoo 

Fees: 4.9% processing fee per donation; 2.0% + $0.30 credit card fee

What they offer:

Donation Widget: This widget can be custom branded and used both on Razoo and on Facebook. The widget would also be fitted with preset giving amounts and the option for donors to choose their own giving amount. After donating, Razoo takes donors to a VeriSign Secure page where their donation is processed. Razoo also encourages nonprofits to claim their nonprofit page in order to start fundraising and create fundraising pages using their platforms.

Razoo

Crowdrise

Fees: choose between 5% and 3% (includes credit card fees)

Pricing: 5% plan - free; 3% plan $50/mo.

What they offer:

Fiver (5% plan): This package offers unlimited fundraising pages, instant access to money raised, and is mobile and social media friendly.

Tre (3% plan): Offers all options that come with the Fiver plan above with the addition of a personal account manager, more exposure for your fundraising campaigns, custom emails, and branding capabilities, to name a few.

Crowdrise

JustGive

Fees: 4.5% processing fee (includes transaction costs and credit card fees); $0.35 per donations made directly through JustGive (using their Donate Now button or link will wave this fee for every donation made through the button).

Pricing: JustGive promises free sign up and no annual or monthly fees.

What they offer:

JustGive will help your nonprofit create a custom donation page with clickable buttons linked to your nonprofit website, social media, email, and other platforms where your nonprofit is present. This donation page will be mobile friendly with donations being accepted on any device with monthly recurring donation capability. They will also offer donors the opportunity to dedicate their donation to someone they know or label it as a gift. In addition to that, JustGive offers extensive reports on donation progress and manages donor profiles.

Just Give

GivingFuel 

Fees: varies package to package (see below)

Pricing: Starter Package - Free, GivingFuel Pro $59/mo., GivingFuel Enterprise $99/mo.

What they offer:

Starter Package: This free package is the most basic of the three that GivingFuel offers. It’s a great way to test out GivingFuel to see if it is the right fit for your nonprofit. This package includes customization of donation pages, recurring donation capability, analytics reports done in real time, and what they call Conditional Logic. Through Conditional Logic, your nonprofit is able to take your donation page further by adapting to donor action and presenting different descriptions, options to give, and incentives in real time. For example, through GivingFuel’s conditional logic, if a donor decides to dedicate their contribution to a loved one, your nonprofit can show additional options such as sending an email to the loved one or allowing the donor to create a custom message. This package is wrapped up nicely with a transaction fee of 0% for the first $5000, followed by a 5% fee.

GivingFuel Pro; At $59/mo., this package is GivingFuel’s most popular with the inclusion of what was discussed in the Starter Package above with the inclusion of a communication center at $0.02 a message, a custom domain, and a text to give program at $0.20 a text. Transaction fee for this package stands at 0%.

GivingFuel Enterprise: This $99/mo. package includes all the bells and whistles of the two above with the addition of donor self-service accounts, a mobile giving app, and advanced integration with its transaction fee holding at 0%.

Using the internet to your advantage and collecting donations for your cause can be a breeze when you find the right fit. If you want to learn about more strategies for your donation game plan, feel free to check out our article on increasing online donations and our 10 strategies to market your nonprofit.

Side note: Ever heard of Google's nonprofit program?

Did you know Google provides nonprofits with $10,000 per month in free advertising credit? This program is known as Google Grants and it's available to almost every 501c3 nonprofit organization. We've put together a free live one on one demo. All you have to do is click the button below.

Jastine Lumbres

Jastine Lumbres
Jastine is Elevate Click's first content writer. She received her BA in English from UC Riverside and Master's in English degree from Claremont Graduate University. She currently lives in Rosemead, CA with her family.

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