This post was updated on March 13, 2018, to reflect a change in Stripe’s offerings to nonprofits.
When it comes to accepting donations on your nonprofit website, there are a ton of options out there. Some of the biggest names include PayPal, Authorize.net and Stripe. We realize the details surrounding payment processors can be hazy at best, and you probably have better things to do than research pros and cons. To make your decision easier, we’ll come out and tell you that we recommend Stripe for nonprofits that we work with.
We’re not getting any compensation from Stripe to say this.Our recommendation comes from working with various payment processors through our nonprofit clients and experiencing the differences first hand.
We believe that Stripe is currently the best payment processor for nonprofits, and we based our decision on the following criteria:
|Does it enable you to accept donations directly on your website?||Yes||Pro version does, Standard does not||Yes|
|Does it allow you to accept recurring donations?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Is there a monthly fee associated with accepting recurring donations?||No||Yes||No|
|What are the fees on each transaction?||2.2% + 30¢ per transaction||2.2% + 30¢ per transaction||2.9% + 30¢ per transaction|
|Are there any fees outside of what you’ll pay for each transaction?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Is there a discount for nonprofits?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Is it user friendly?||Yes||No||Yes|
|How is customer support?||Helpful||Unreliable||Helpful|
As you’re weighing your options, price will likely take a front seat. Stripe for nonprofits charges a fee for every transaction, but there aren’t any additional fees that you need to worry about. Many payment processors charge a fee for every transaction, but some also add fees for things like setup, monthly usage and account cancellation.
Rates and Nonprofit Discount
These are taken out of every online transaction that goes through the payment processor. Check out Stripe’s standard pricing:
- 2.9% + 30¢ for every successful transaction
Although they’re not currently advertising these rates on their website and they may be subject to change, nonprofits in the US with a 501(c)3 designation with the IRS can expect the following rate from Stripe:
- 2.2% + 30¢ for non-American Express transactions
- 3.5% for American Express transactions
To get the nonprofit discount, reach out to Stripe at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll need the following information to update the pricing on your account:
- Your EIN
- A determination letter stating that you’re a 501(c)3 organization
- The email address associated with your Stripe account
It’s that easy! Making the switch to Stripe could end up saving your nonprofit a decent-sized chunk of change and give your supporters a great online donation experience.
Have any questions on why we like Stripe for nonprofits? Want to talk more about payment processors? Ask away in the comments.