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Setup a donation option for non-for profit website

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Setup a donation option for non-for profit website

I built a small wordpress website for a small non for profit and they want to be able to accept donation through the website for the various events they organize.

I was wondering if someone can suggest an easy and cheap way of adding something like that.
My first thought was to setup a paypal account for them and just add a pay button to the website but i was wondering if there are better options.

Any input is appreciated!
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Maybe something like this?
https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/paypal-donations/

You are correct that PayPal is probably easiest; otherwise you would have to apply for a merchant account from a payment processor (Moneris, Vantiv/Mercury, etc.) to accept credit cards. Stripe and/or Braintree also are pretty straightforward to set up:
https://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/how-to ... asily-7811
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PuddinTame wrote:
Jul 13th, 2017 12:45 pm
Maybe something like this?
https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/paypal-donations/

You are correct that PayPal is probably easiest; otherwise you would have to apply for a merchant account from a payment processor (Moneris, Vantiv/Mercury, etc.) to accept credit cards. Stripe and/or Braintree also are pretty straightforward to set up:
https://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/how-to ... asily-7811
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Stripe or Paypal would be the easiest. Really shouldn't be too hard to implement. You can set up Paypal so they don't need a paypal account either which is easier for everyone.
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Second the suggestion of just using Canada Helps. They take a small fee, but it's low.

Advantages: CanadaHelps does the tax receipt, immediately. (Charity still enters and tracks the gift in their own software and can send their own acknowledgement too if they want, but a prompt tax receipt is a big deal.) It's trusted by donors. It even does events management now, with free tickets, or paid (some of which can be donation). They even accept gifts of stock, also a hassle for a small charity to do on their own. You can customize the charity page there with the logo and photos and whatever.

I strongly advise you investigate that option before you go through the effort of setting up something in WordPress.
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Hey all, Just looking for some feedback on which Payment Processor you would recommend and also Website Platform.
I will be creating a site and would like to use a payment processor, I was thinking on the lines of starting with PayPal first and adding a donation section to it... The platform I am thinking of using is Wordpress but may use one of the mainly personal/professional ones for Weebly/Wix..

This is to just start off and may grow it and move to Wordpress or just start it off with Wordpress and use Strip/Shopify or some commerce.
This would be my very first website and I want to use it to sell products. I may want to use it for selling membership or services.
Thanks everyone! Salty - Gonna read up on some other threads that may have more info...
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If it's low volume, not-for-sale type stuff then Paypal is fine. The Javascript button is platform agnostic so it could be Wordpress or whatever else, as long as you have access to the code it's outputting. Button set up here:
https://developer.paypal.com/docs/class ... ion-guide/

Generally you start to get picky about processors when you are doing enough payments that you worry about how each one compares when it comes premium card rates, basic card rates, chargeback threshold, etc etc.
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We ended up setting it up with paypal for now, lets see how it goes.
Thanks for all the input.
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Anything beyond Paypal will likely require a monthly fee.

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