If you have just started your own brand new non-profit organization, you are probably looking for various ways you can fund your cause. You plan to use the money to grow and spread the business, so you will have more success in helping people.
However, finding people who will be willing to donate to such a brand new name can be quite a bit hard. People first need to form some kind of relationship and trust so they can feel safe when they donate their money. So, how can you speed up this process? Well, thanks to the Internet you will not have to do this all by yourself, through mail or in person. With the creation of your website, you will be able to give all the right information to your audience and customers which is what will convince them whether they should pull out their credit card or not.
So, now you are probably wondering how to implement a feature where people will be able to input their credit card information. It is quite simple actually. Almost every big website out there that focuses on donations and fundraising uses the Donorbox service. It provides enough features and security to both you and those who are willing to pull out their credit cards to help those who are unfortunate.
Luckily for you, we have gone through the researched and used all of the features of this service and have made a review to help you decide whether the software is for you or not.
What is Donorbox?
Donorbox is a simple software that enables nonprofit organizations and churches to easily process all of the donation data and the ability to establish an easy connection with their donors which can be used to further build the relationship. No matter what kind of goal you set, Donorbox will provide you with features and security to ensure that all of the payments go through safely. Improving the experience of your users on your donation website is very important which is exactly where Donorbox helps.
When we were creating our first account, it took us about ten to fifteen minutes to input all of the required data, which is quite fast. You will then have the option to add an almost infinite number of donation forms. Depending on the platform your website is built on, Donorbox will provide you with the right code so you can easily implement it to your site. Although, we noticed that the easiest process was with our WordPress dummy website because all we had to do was copy and paste the code.
No need for additional software
We think this is quite an important feature, especially if your organization does not have an official office, but works completely online. There was no need to download any additional software, so you will not have to bother about installing it on your co-workers’ computers or laptops. Everything can be done through a browser.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any advanced coding steps, it is all done through a well-optimized user interface with simple settings such as on and off. Keep in mind, if you are interested in tweaking your Donorbox form, you also have the option to activate the advanced settings for more in-depth customization.
The form is supported in several different languages such as English, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and Danish.
Both you and the donors will not have to ever worry about whether the payments have been wrongly processed. Donorbox uses PayPal as a payment processor which is probably the most well-known and the most secure processor out there. There is also an option to include credit or debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. So, you will have the freedom to choose any of these you want without having to pay anything extra. The more options you give to your audience, the more donations you will see in the future.
We also tried out the transaction process and it took us less than 2 minutes to finish it which is also quite a good feature because no one likes waiting just to spend money.
It is also important to note that all of the transactions go through Donorbox’s own servers, there is no need to worry whether your website has enough safety certificates enabled. Donorbox claims that all of their servers are equipped with TLS and SSL encryption technology and that the checkout process is safer than most websites out there. They also claim that they do not store any card related information of your donors if that is important to you.
User Interface/User Experience
Another thing we believe is a great feature for this software is how user-friendly the interface is for people who are willing to donate. It is quite simple, loads pretty quickly which also means it won’t add any additional processing weight to your server. Your audience will see a minimalist interface with a few buttons and the information they see is completely dependent on you. You can edit the forms in any way you want and we already mentioned that you the ability to add unlimited forms which is a great plus.
Every step through the checkout process is intuitive, so you won’t have to worry about donors getting stuck trying to donate to your nonprofit organization. If any incorrect information is added in the required fields, the user is quickly notified so they can fix the mistake. Users will also have the option for a one-time donation or if they want a “subscription” based donation or in other words a monthly or yearly payment.
Managing your donations
If you are working with a big number of donors, it is quite normal that you will need a way to overview all of the payments that are going through your website and Donorbox provides you with just that. You can easily manage and view the information of your donors. You can check the receipt, the amount they have donated, their name and even an easy access refund button.