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Receiving Donations Online

Recently updated with more detail and a wider variety of methods Your church, organisation or cause can start collecting money through New Media in just a few clicks. Here's a few quick and easy suggestions to get you started...

The majority of churches collect money primarily through collection plates/bags/envelopes at meetings or services. The problem is that in order for someone to donate money they actually have to be there, with the exception of those who have already set up direct debits or standing orders. Wouldn’t it be great if people could send a donation from their arm chair, from their bed, or in fact from anywhere in the world, all at any time of the day? That’s where online giving comes in.

Your church, organisation or cause can start collecting money through New Media in just a few clicks. Once you’re set-up, you could collect money through your website, Facebook, Twitter, or even mobile phones! If you have the time, resources, and the know-how, you could set up your own payment system on your website using a vendor like PayPal. However if you’re looking for a quick and easy solution, try one of these five websites below:

Just Text Giving - No fees at all, it's totally free for charities to receive donations by text

Charity Giving - Don't charge any setup fees, charges a £2 transaction fee on all Gift Aid-able donations

gofundme.com - Take 5% from all donations, plus a transaction charge when they pay out through PayPal

Virgin Money Giving - £100 + VAT set-up charge, and takes 2% of donations

Just Giving - Charges £15 per month, plus a 5% fee on each donation

There are pros and cons of each, mainly in relation to the fees that they charge, but you should also bear in mind the page that any donors will land on to make a donation with regards to how easy it is to use. You should spend time with your team to work out what is best for you. Remember at all times to make sure you are looking after any details you collect.

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