Re: [IAM_ListServ] Online Giving
There are a lotta options. Debby and I are researching this topic ourselves actually. She tends to like some of the organizations like GuideStar and the like, however I prefer PayPal.
PayPal DOES charge a bit more than some of the other online payment options (it's a floating scale based on the amount of the transaction) but they alos offer the most options. We are able to use our account for both collecting "donations" and also collecting revenue from our gift shop, tours, and special events. PayPal also offers the greatest flexibility on how and what the payment-interface looks like. It's important to us that it's simply a "Pay/Donation Here" button on OUR site, as opposed to taking visitors to another site. Being the largest online collector of funds, many already have PayPal accounts and are used to (and comfortable with) using PayPal -- as opposed to other options. And also PayPal accepts a visitor's credit card without them needing to register and sign up for an account -- again, unlike some other options out there.
In the end, we decided to "experiment" with PayPal handling our online payments for our recent Fire Museum Seminar and were quite pleased. We haven't (thus far) added the payment/donation option to our website but we're seriously thinking about it. ....
Please we'd love to hear others thoughts and experiences
- David -
David Lewis, Curator
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
From: Elise Fulara <eafulara@...>
Sent: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:40 pm
Subject: Re: [IAM_ListServ] Online Giving
I've worked with a foundation that used JustGive.org. They take a 3% fee. I often use this site to donate myself because I can do so without getting on all sorts of mailing lists I don't want to receive.Take care,Elise FularaIndependent Consultant