Top 9 Online donation tools for nonprofits

January 7, 2019 - 9 minutes read

In a digital era, it’s essential to provide donors with the right tools to streamline the giving process. Online donation tools let your organization accept and process donations through online channels while helping you build compelling donation forms.

But, that’s not all!

Although the features vary across platforms, the right one can give you access to custom donation pages, automated data collection, and a host of integrations that will help you with fundraising from start to finish.

Figuring out which tool to go with can be a confusing process. So to make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 online donation tools that you can use to provide donors with a smooth experience thus ensuring they donate consistently.

DonateNow

DonateNow created by Network for Good is suitable for mid-sized and large nonprofits. It offers a variety of fundraising services to help nonprofits get online donations flowing which includes tracking donations, managing events, and creating branded pages. While the software can expensive for smaller organizations, they provide a basic pack that offers recurring donations functionality and fundraising pages.

Features
Mobile optimization, page builder, automated thank yous and receipts, covers transaction fees, embedding videos and pre-built in communications for fundraisers.

Popular Customers
Global Giving, Charity Charge, Charity Navigator, Google.

Pricing
The basic pack doesn’t incur monthly cost instead you’ll be charged a 3% processing fee. Apart from that the software charges based on the number of contacts you have.

Donorbox

Donorbox is a powerful donation platform centered around the fundraising needs of nonprofits. Along with the ability to customize forms, Zapier integrations with tools like CallHub lets you manage donor communications. You can send the fundraising ask in the form of a personal text message rather than a templated email to everyone on your contact list. The software is optimized to receive donations in twenty popular currencies and has recently introduced ApplyPay and GooglePay as payment options.

Features
Customizable recurring donation forms and receipts, embeddable donor wall, company matching search, donor management system, fraud detection, and integrates with Zapier, Salesforce, and MailChimp.

Popular Customers
Habitat for Humanity, Code for America, Rhode Island College, Yimby Action.

Pricing
Donorbox is free if you receive donations less than $1000/mo and if your organization makes more than that the platform charges a fee of 1.5%. The software doesn’t charge set up costs.

Qgiv

Qgiv is an online donation platform that lets nonprofits build custom fundraising pages. In addition to that, the software offers a full set of fundraising products from peer-to-peer software to mobile giving.

Features
Online event registration, mobile-optimized pages, recurring giving options, and mobile giving kiosks for on-site giving.

Popular Customers
SPCA Florida, Pensacola Humane Society, The YMCA, Purple Plunge.

Pricing
QGiv’s starter pack is free with a transaction fee of 3.95% + $.39 (merchant fees included). The other packs cost from $49 to $199 per month.

OneCause

OneCause offers nonprofits with digital tools for event management and streamlines online donations. Whatever kind of event you host, you can find a tool to make registrations, complete payment, and mobile giving.

Features
Mobile biding, accepting standard donations, sending push notifications to donors, reviewing previous receipts, tracking charitable giving, and text to give options.

Popular Customers
Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation, Handicapped children’s Rehabilitation Center, Through Habitat Restoration Projects, Coastal Conservation Asociation.

Pricing
OneCause offers custom pricing based on your nonprofit’s needs.

Click & Pledge

Click & Pledge is an affordable option for online fundraising. It’s known for its payment platform but offers a variety of online donation services including donation forms, event promotion, recurring transactions, and selling memberships or merchandise.

Features
Sell items on top of collecting donations, support pledges and integrates with cellphones.

Popular Customers
Feeding America, Save The Waves, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Pricing
Click & Pledge offers a merchant account which is free to use. Apart from that, they charge for services at 4.1% per transaction, which includes software fees, fraud protection costs, and payment processing.

FirstGiving

FirstGiving was specifically designed for nonprofits to ease the process of online donations. The tool can be integrated with other softwares like donor management, social media, CMS, analytics, and email tools.

Features
You have the option to manage peer-to-peer fundraising, events, grassroots campaigns, direct donations, and donor communications.

Popular Customers
The IBC Network Foundation, Autism Society, Misericordia, Jett Foundation.

Pricing
The tool charges a fee of 7.5% per donation (5.0% support and enhancement of the product + 2.5% credit card fees). Event registration costs 4.25%. Your organization has the option to either cover the fee or charge donors.

CauseVox

CauseVox is a crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising solution that offers customization for your campaign and donation pages. The platform’s drag and drop feature make it easy for people with no design experience to customize pages. CauseVox also allows custom coding on your page. It’s recommended for nonprofits seeking easy page customization.

Features
Mobile friendly, customizations for web addresses, embedding videos on forms, and multiple page creation.

Popular Customers
North Texas Food Bank, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, World Bicycle Relief, Change For Kids.

Pricing
CauseVox offers three packs that you can choose from. The free pack charges only a 5% processing fees which include campaign set up, one branded donation page, and a fundraising site. The lite pack is priced at $55/month and charges a 2% processing fees. The standard plan is priced at $155/month and a 2% fee on donations.

Classy

Nonprofits can use Classy to manage all of their online fundraisings in one place. It’s a combination of acquisition tools, relationship builder and collaboration tools. Classy also offers crowdfunding campaigns and peer-to-peer fundraising methods.

Features
Mobile-optimized donation pages, multiple integrations, and social share.

Popular Customers
National Geographic, Oxfam America, City of Hope, FEED.

Pricing
Contact the company for a quote.

Donately

Donately helps you create beautiful online donation pages and giving campaigns. You can quickly build branded forms or pages and embed them on your website or launch the page. As they charge based on specific tools, Donately is an excellent option for small nonprofits focused on updating their online donation pages and systems. They provided embedded donation tools and peer-to-peer fundraising options.

Features
Collect on-site donations, in-person giving forms, and integrations to connect with over 1,000+ apps.

Popular Customers
United Way, Belmont University, The Loppet Foundation, St. Paul Mission

Pricing
Donately offers three plans. The startup plan which is great for small organizations is free and only cost 4% platform fees. Team plan cost 49/mo plus 2% platform fee. The enterprise pack is perfect for large organizations and is priced based on their needs.

Finding the perfect online donation tool depends on your nonprofit’s needs and goals. This comprehensive guide should help you decide on what online donation platform will work best for your organization.

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