Best Donation Tools for Nonprofits

There are many online donation tools available for nonprofits – how can one choose what’s best for their organization?

We narrowed down on a few tools that are great for nonprofits and donors alike. Not only are they affordable for nonprofit fundraising – they are also convenient for donors to use for their widgets and donate buttons.

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Best Donation Tools for Nonprofits

Donation tools for nonprofits - PaypalPayPal Donations
PayPal is internationally known as a valuable and trusted brand for their online money processing services. Their donation buttons make things easier for qualified nonprofits, and you can easily gather some donor information with some basic HTML tweaks. Their processing fee is 2.2% of the donation, plus an additional $.30.

Nonprofit donation tools - FirstgivingInstead of being built for business models and adapted for nonprofits – FirstGiving was specially designed for nonprofit organizations. In addition to accepting donations online, you can also manage direct donations, communications with donors, grassroots campaigns, and events through this service. For added convenience, it also integrates with certain donor management, CRM, CMS, social media, email, and analytics tools. The standard fee totals to 7.5%, and is 4.25% for online events.

Network for Good - integrationDonateNow Lite
This service by Network for Good is moreso recommended for mid-size and larger organizations over smaller ones. It offers many fundraising services and software to choose from, such as e-mail services, customer service tools, and branded donation pages. The lite version of their service charges 5% in transaction fees, and also offers a few functionalities for organizations to get online donations flowing.

Google Wallet donationsGoogle Wallet
Online donation histories are easily accessible with Google Wallet. With a few clicks, donors can easily set up repeat donations. Although there aren’t a great many options for personalization – donors can still feel a sense of comfort for the process being associated with Google’s trusted brand. The standard service costs 2.9% per transaction.

razoo donationsRazoo
Razoo is commonly used as a tool to search for and donate to charities. Their distinguishing factor is the ability to create online fundraisers for charities and/or causes without charging setup fees or forced monthly subscriptions. Organizers can also use Razoo to collaborate through social media.

Causes - donation platformCauses
Causes works to empower all members of its community to collaborate and work together. Its network works as a social platform that connects people with similar interests. Brands create profiles, which aggregate all campaigns in one place. Causes allows non-profits access to free analytics. Do note: in order to accept donations through Causes, a non-profit must be 501(c)3 verified through GuideStar. The processing fee per transaction is 4.75%, and the entire amount goes straight to the Network for Good.

Crowdrise - donation platformCrowdrise
Gamification sets Crowdrise apart from the rest. Donors earn 10 points for every dollar raised or donated, and double the points if donating to a featured charity. Prizes such as electronics, clothing, and giftcards are given to top point winners. Non-profits have a few types of accounts to choose from, including a free basic account. A standard fee of 2.9% plus $.30 credit card processing fee is charged for any type of account.

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