5 Factors to Consider with Merchant Services Selection

July 1, 2014

If you think your nonprofit could benefit from processing credit card payments, your next step is to set-up a merchant account. Luckily, there are many companies that provide this service. Yet, merchant services can be complicated and costly (especially without the right partner to help guide you).

We’ve provided a list of five important things to consider when selecting a merchant services provider. Hopefully the information here will help you select the right partner!

  1. Credibility: Partner with a company that has experience, ethical values, positive testimonials, and is a certified payment processor. There are many options out there, so if someone can’t prove their credibility, it’s probably best to move on. There are too many credit card scams to partner with someone that isn’t qualified.
  2. Set-up: You’ll want to select a partner that provides an easy process, such as an online application form and a customer service representative that helps walk you through this process and prepare you by providing a summary of requirements needed to apply. A good company can usually get you set up and approved in just a couple of days (unless there are extenuating circumstances).
  3. Fees: Every merchant service provider charges a fee for processing transactions, so this is not something you can avoid. However, the range of credit card processing fees can be very different. Rates also vary for different types of businesses (non-profit vs. for profit) and for debit vs. credit card transactions. In addition to transaction fees, there are monthly service fees, costs for mobile processing, late fees, fees for customer support and of course early-termination fees. Be on the lookout for all of these.
  4. Contracts: some companies require organizations to sign a contract binding them to use the service for a minimum of one year (or more), and they charge termination fees if the customer cancels early. Take note and possibly avoid these companies. Binding customers to a contract and threatening fees for leaving doesn’t seem like a great way to build a loyal customer base.
  5. Credit card Equipment: First determine what type of credit card processing you plan to do. Will you only be processing donations via your website or do you need a point of sale system or a mobile processing app for processing payments at fundraising events? Find out what type of credit card processing equipment is offered and what it costs. Some companies charge hundreds of dollars for equipment, where others offer it to clients for free.

Summary:

Merchant services has become an extremely competitive field. There are lots of options from the basic service of PayPal to the custom shop that offers credit card processing for one niche business. This is a buyers’ market; so do your research and choose a merchant service provider that is right for your organization.

DoJiggy Merchant Services (DMS) offers payment processing services for nonprofit organizations. With DMS, you’ll see lower rates, better customer service, POS terminals included at no cost, seamless integration with your organization’s fundraising website, and they even include a Free Donation Website when you sign up.

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Credit Card Processing for a Fundraising Campaign

June 3, 2014

If your nonprofit is doing any kind of fundraising, there’s a good chance you may be considering processing donations and payments with credit and debit cards.  Since so many people prefer to pay with plastic these days, it’s absolutely essential for your organization to integrate a credit card processing solution for your fundraising campaign. This will allow you to: accept online donations, process registrations and ticket sales on your fundraising website, and sell more products, auction items, or raffle tickets at your fundraising event.

Let’s review a few different types of payments nonprofits would likely process with credit cards:

  • Online donations: One of a nonprofit’s biggest goals is bringing in donations to help support your cause. With online credit card processing, you simplify the process for donors by allowing them to easily make online donations using a credit card vs. sending in a check. You can even get setup to take recurring donations on a monthly basis from your core supporters.
  • Online registrations & ticket sales: If your nonprofit is hosting a fundraising event, a merchant account would allow participants to easily register and make payments online. This frees up a lot of extra paperwork and bookkeeping from participants having to mail in checks. Add a point of sale system (POS system) making it possible for your organization to take credit card payments on-site at the event – allowing for last-minute ticket sales.
  • Auction Bidding & Payments: If a charity auction is part of your fundraising campaign, credit card processing will make the whole process easier for bidders by allowing them to store credit card data for quick check-out at your event or pay for items won or purchased via “buy now” pricing online. This is much easier than sending an invoice and collecting payments after the auction closes.
  • Sponsorships: If you intend to reach out to local businesses to sponsor your fundraising event, online payment processing can help streamline the process. Sponsors can review benefits of packages online, select a sponsor level that suits their needs, safely make payments, upload logos, etc.
  • Fundraising Merchandise: Do you intend to offer any fundraising merchandise for purchase as part of your fundraising campaign? Perhaps participants may be interested in purchasing visors or golf shirts in advance of your charity golf tournament. With a merchant services account, you can offer product sales on your fundraising website allowing participants to select products, sizes, make payments and receive items prior to the event.
  • On-site payments: If your nonprofit is hosting a conference or fundraising event such as a gala dinner, having a POS or mobile credit card processing system on site is a great way to easily collect credit card payments for last-minute ticket sales, fundraising merchandise, raffle tickets, food and drinks, etc. (by accepting credit cards, you don’t limit attendee spending by only accepting the cash they have on hand.)

Summary: Merchant services is an important part of fundraising as it opens up more opportunities for your nonprofit to raise more money by safely and securely processing credit card payments for online donations, ticket and product sales, sponsorship packages, and more!

DoJiggy Merchant Services (DMS) offers payment processing services for nonprofit organizations. With DMS, you’ll see lower rates, better customer service, POS terminals included at no cost, seamless integration with your organization’s fundraising website, and they even include a Free Donation Website when you sign up.


DoJiggy Online Fundraising Software

January 7, 2007

DoJiggy provides online fundraising software designed to help non-profits and community organizations better plan, manage and execute fundraising initiatives including walk-a-thons, charity auctions, golf tournaments, fundraising events, and general donation management.

Our fundraising software is easy-to-use and affordable enabling organizations to increase efficiency while saving time and money.

Our software is integrated with Internet payment gateways for secure payment processing.  DoJiggy charges a flat fee and takes NO percentage of event registrations or donations.

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Product Overview:
DoJiggy Pledge is a complete web-based registration and pledge management system for walk-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, golf-a-thons, and any other type of event where individual or team participants collect and track pledges. Each participant can easily create and manage their personalized pledge page, which includes their picture, personal statement and individual fundraising goal. Donors can make secure online pledges to individuals or teams, and all payments and financial progress are tracked throughout the event.

  • Works with walk-a-thons or any “a-thon” type event
  • Participants raise funds for your cause with personal fundraising pages
  • Reporting allows administrator to easily view top fundraisers and teams
  • Goal thermometers rise in real time

DoJiggy Auction is a complete auction management system for nonprofit fundraising auctions. Each auction item has its own page, containing a product image, detailed product description, starting and high bid information, Buy Now pricing and more. Your constituents create a user profile for online bidding, and the system allows you to easily email winners and track and accept final payments.

  • Works with online only or online to live events
  • Participants log in anytime with their username & password
  • Each item has a dedicated website page, including a photo, item description & donor information
  • We also offer no Risk Auction Items for your auction

DoJiggy Events is a complete event registration and management system for fundraising events such as: galas, poker tournaments, luncheons, conferences or meetings, and virtually any other type of fundraising event which requires registration and/or ticket sales.

  • Manage general registration & ticket sales for all types of special events
  • Promotion and management of unlimited Sponsorship packages
  • Sell products & take general donations for your cause
  • Complete back-end reporting and export function

DoJiggy Golf is a complete web-based registration and management system for fundraising golf tournaments. DoJiggy Golf manages individual and group registration, product sales, sponsor/sponsorship promotion and management, team pairing and hole assignments, as well as many other administrative event management and financial reporting functions.

  • Manage team & individual registrations as well as team pairing and start times
  • Promotion and management of unlimited Sponsorship packages
  • Sell products & take general donations for your cause
  • Complete back-end reporting and export function

DoJiggy Donations offers a secure online donation website and year-round recurring giving management system. Donors can make a one-time donation or set-up a profile for recurring giving on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. DoJiggy Donations integrates with the industry’s top payment processors, so you manage the intake of your money.

  • Includes unlimited one-time donations, including ‘In Honor Of’ designations
  • Manages recurring donations and donor records
  • Can be used for special campaigns or initiatives, such as Capital or Year-end Campaigns

Contact:
DoJiggy LLC
http://dojiggy.com
salesinfo [at] dojiggy.com
888-436-1999

About DoJiggy
Founded in 2003 and based in Boulder, Colorado, DoJiggy is a leading provider of easy-to-use, affordable, online fundraising software and event management solutions for nonprofits, schools, churches and community organizations. Using the DoJiggy suite, customers can improve online fundraising efforts with resources and tools designed for golf tournament planning, organizing walkathons, collecting online donations, and managing charity auctions and fundraising events. The company has helped more than 2,500 customers plan, manage and execute fundraising initiatives more effectively.


iMIS

January 5, 2007

iMIS provides the core functionality non-profits need in one database with a single location for name, address, and historical constituent information. This unique combination of constituent relationship management, fundraising management, website management, e-philanthropy, and e-marketing eliminates costly integration management and provides real-time reporting.

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iMIS 15, the latest evolution of iMIS, is the only complete, upgradeable, web-based, not-for-profit business software system. By leveraging Microsoft’s .NET development platform, iMIS 15 uniquely provides the flexibility and openness to achieve a custom solution from off-the-shelf, packaged software.

  • Open & Flexible – iMIS provides users with advanced tools to tailor the user experience, support unique organizational workflow requirements, and integrate to external applications. More than 50 add-on applications have been developed exclusively for iMIS by iMIS partners worldwide.
  • 100% Upgradeable – iMIS is designed to be easily upgradeable so customers can stay current with technology and take advantage of new and improved features. This means that operating costs are predictable and controllable from initial implementation through long-term use. More than 500 customers who bought iMIS 10 or more years ago are still using iMIS and have upgraded to the lasted version.
  • On-Time & On-Budget – ASI and its network of Authorized iMIS Solution Providers (AiSP) focus on implementing iMIS in the most effective and cost-efficient way possible. This unique methodology combines non-profit industry best practices with rigorous project management to maximize your organization’s use of iMIS, minimize customizations, and reduce the cost of implementation. ASI has achieved certification under the Service Capability and Performance (SCP) standards for professional services.
  • Industry-Leading Support – ASI is the only non-profit software vendor to be awarded the Software Technical Assistance Recognition (STAR) award and achieve certification under the Service Capability and Performance (SCP) standards for support services. Additional support is provided by the international iMIS users group (NiUG), the largest independent users group in the non-profit software industry.

by Advanced Solutions International
901 N. Pitt Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (800) 727-8682
Fax: (703) 739-3218
E-mail: info@advsol.com
Web: www.advsol.com

About ASI

Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is the largest, privately owned global provider of software for member and donor-based non-profits and has served nearly 3000 customers and millions of users worldwide since 1991. ASI is the developer of iMIS, an upgradeable software solution for managing associations, membership, non-profits, and fundraising. iMIS 15, the latest evolution of iMIS, leverages Microsoft’s .NET development platform to provide a flexible and open web-based solution.


Donor Perfect

January 5, 2007

As a nonprofit organization, nothing is more critical to the success of your mission than growing relationships with your donors, volunteers, foundations and other constituents. For over twenty years, DonorPerfect Fundraising Software has given development staff and executives the tools they need to achieve these fundraising goals, while saving hundreds of administrative hours per year.

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  • Common fundraising activities such as annual appeals, capital campaigns, special events, contact management, grant tracking and more are a snap!
  • You can track and manage unlimited data in one easily customized database.
  • Sophisticated analysis helps identify the source of your next big gift.
  • Easily merge donor data into customized thank-you letters, e-mails and direct mail.
  • Enter, recognize and manage every gift and pledge quickly and accurately.
  • Quickly generate reports on grants, campaigns, and events.
  • Integrated payment processing by bank draft or credit card helps save time and improve results for online fundraising, recurring gifts and more!

DonorPerfect is available as both a PC/Networked version and as a web-based version — DonorPerfect Online (DPO). DPO is an ASP-hosted or installed solution that is scalable from hundreds to millions of donor records. It enables secure access to your data anywhere, anytime using a standard web browser on any computer, including Macs!

There are now over 6,000 diverse organizations large and small using DonorPerfect worldwide, including museums, schools, hospitals, health, social service and community organizations, and many others. References and a free price quote are available upon request, including special pricing for small, growing nonprofits.

132 Welsh Road, Suite 140
Horsham, PA 19044
Tel: (800) 220-8111
Fax: (215) 542-4370
E-mail: info@donorperfect.com
Web: www.donorperfect.com