Good web app allowing fundraising participants to accept credit cards?
January 20, 2013 6:40 PM Subscribe
I'm the director of a local road race that raises funds for our public school, and I'm looking for a reasonable online app that lets us solicit credit card donations via individual participant pages which would associate given donations with the participants who solicited them.
posted by delfuego to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Generically accepting credit cards for online donations is fairly easy, and since we're a 501(c)(3), there are even good options out there that charge us lower fees for donations. But for this road race, we have a group of people who choose to raise money in return for a free bib; for these folks, we need to be able to tie donations to the specific people who raised the money (that's the way we know who gets the free entry to the race). So if John Doe wants to raise money for his bib, I need to be able to go into the web app, create a page for John, and then give him the URL so that he can let his friends and family donate via the page. The backend would then tell me that John's page generated $X in donations, and I'd know when he hit the level needed for his free entry.
We use an online race registration system that has this exact service in place, but its overhead charges are usury-level awful -- $1 per credit card transaction plus 6.5% of the total amount charged, which is way way way way higher than even the standard, much less the nonprofit, rates that we can get with Paypal, Stripe, or any of the other reasonable services. So I'm investigating what other options we have, and I'm sure that in 2013, someone has tied one of the fantastic new online credit card transaction engines into a system like this!