Non Profit Fundraising Websites

I am on the board of directors for our local youth baseball league.

We would like to create a page where we can capture sponsorship donations online. I was wondering if anyone has recommendations on websites that will allow me to set up a donation page and then have the captured funds transferred to either our bank account or our paypal account.

We are looking for a site that has no up-front fee and a reasonable per-transaction fee.


Brian ClausenAsked:
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Do you want a whole separate site or just a payment method (e.g. PayPal Donate Button)?

Is the league a 501c3?
Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistCommented:
I think you could go along with any of the emerging Crowdfunding websites.
Just search for Crowdfunding website on Google and you'll have a lot to choose from.

I'm sure they all have good and bad points so better is for you to have a look and choose which fits you better.

Here are some examples:

Or even a Forbes Top10 kind of article:
Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Hi Jason,

I just need a page that can accept payment - we have a complete website that handles all of our other needs - 

We are a 501c3.

Alexandre, thanks for the links - I will dig into these.

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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
As a 501c3, the drop-dead simplest solution is to apply for PayPal for Nonprofits and set that up for all your donations.  It's simple to create Donate Now buttons via PayPal that are simple to embed in your existing site.  You can create levels giving buttons, fixed amount buttons, free form entry buttons, etc. etc.  The per-transaction fee is either very low or nothing for 501c3s (depending on volume), much lower than PayPal standard or Pro.

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Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
Hi guys,

I submitted a help ticket to my website platform provider, Blue Sombrero, and it turns out that they have a payment service called Sombrero Pay that can handle donations and operates as an extension of my content management system.

I was able to set up the following:

It is not amazing, but it will work for the time being. I will look further into Paypal and the other options listed above to determine my long-term solution.

Thanks for your help.

Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
What are they charging per transaction?
Brian ClausenAuthor Commented:
3.5% with no per-transaction flat fee
Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Hmph.  Paypal would be 2.2% + 0.30/per.  Stick with yours.
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