Online Giving for Churches (updated for 2015)
On this page I am going to share with you our most current thinking on what are the best online payment services for Churches.
The criteria we used to select these payment services are:
- Easy to setup – setup within one day, hassle free
- No setup fees
- No monthly fees (if possible)
- Low transaction fees / simple billing
- 100% cloud based – can do all signups online
- Mainstream service that integrates with 3rd party form builders and such
- Integrates with various WordPress plugins for flexible payment forms
- Has an easy to use API (in case we ever need to do any custom programming with it)
Stripe Fee Information:
Fees are only applied when your organization accepts a donation. There are no setup fees, minimum fees or monthly fees. You can collect one time donations and/or setup recurring donations.
All organizations (whether for profit or non-profit) pay the following simple fee structure:
- 2.9% + $.30 per transaction (ex: $3.20 on a $100 donation)
- No monthly fees
- No failed transaction or refund fees (fees only charged on successful charges)
- Same fees for all cards: Amex, Discover, Mileage cards, etc…
How to Register for a Stripe Account:
- Click this link to go to the: “Sign Up Page“.
- Enter an email address and password to create the account – simplest registration form ever!
- Follow the instructions thereafter to setup your account. It is super simple! The most important thing you will need is your Bank Account Number and Routing Code to setup the link with your bank account.
Adding a Donation Form to your website
Another tool that integrates with Stripe and looks interesting (we are testing it with a church now is DonorBox.org. This is another free tool that makes it easy to do recurring donations. You can see it in action on our Preston Hollow UMC giving page here.
Need more help – we love helping churches – email me: [email protected]! And of course a JotForm with Stripe integration can be added to any of our church website templates or custom church website designs!