One of my top questions when designing a website is how can I accept donations online? Another thing I notice quite often, is nonprofits are resulting to using Paypal for their donation platform when there are plenty other options to choose from. So I decided to do a quick analysis of the top 5 online donation platforms so you can make a knowledgeable decision based on your needs.
PayPal: PayPal offers discounted transaction rates for 501(c)(3) charities for most products, and consistently low rates for all other nonprofits. No extra fees for setup, statements, withdrawals or cancellation. With Paypal, you can use just a donate button (which I don't recommend) or create a form to accept donations.
Do donors need to create an account to use? No
Fees: 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction and no monthly fee for charities.
Fees: 2.9% + 30¢. No setup fees, monthly fees, or hidden fees.
What you Get: Accepts cards, wallets, In person Payments, invoicing,
Fees: Free for up to $1,000 in donations a month + transaction fee for each platform
What you Get: Accepts Paypal, Stripe, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Bank Transfers, Facebook Button Integration, Recurring Donations, Company Matching, Company Donations,
For the free plan, Qgiv gives you Unlimited Donation Forms, Unlimited Event Registrations, and Unlimited Training + Support.
Fees: 3.95% + $0.30 per transaction
What You Get: Text Fundraising, Recurring Donations, App to accept donations anywhere, Event Registration Portal,