Your work is vital. We are raising funds to support it.
I am new to the site, but the non-profit I set up has been using razoo.com. I am surprised I didn't see it mentioned on this thread. No set-up fee, no monthly fee...just 2.9% flat rate. They are ONLY for non-profits and have great tools for fundraising, plus great customer service. I am not affiliated with them in any way, I am just really impressed with them so far.
Hi, Jason. You say you have a non-profit, but I cannot find yours listed at http://www.guidestar.org - that site lists every nonprofit in the USA. Did I perhaps get your name wrong?
Yes, Razoo is used by many organizations as a way to process donations. It's an excellent site.
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If you type in the LiveFit URL, you'll come up with the site talking about the free-of-charge program.
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We were just approved on Now 20th and are not in the IRS database yet. However, I faxed our Determination letter to GuideStar yesterday. I just got a response from them saying the documentation was received, approved, and we should be on the site with 2-4 days!! Exciting times for us!!
"If you type in the LiveFit URL, you'll come up with the site talking about the free-of-charge program. " Indeed, Sasha, that's true. But a free-of-charge program does not a nonprofit make. And since there's no listing of a board of directors on the site, no annual report, and no listing on Guidestar, I was suspicious.
No offense, "Live Fit Revolution". To make sure there's no misunderstanding in the future, consider making it more clear on your web site how you are a nonprofit organization, list your board of directors, talk about how people can volunteer with you, note what your goals are for your mission and how you will prove/report on those goals, etc. More advice here (it's my own advice for nonprofits on what to put on their web pages):
:-) This is a forum thread, or like another moderator said in the past, an online version of a conversation around the barbecue grill.
For the level of interaction that this forum has, Jason's way of identifying himself was fine with me. Regardless if his organization is listed in GuideStar, or even if it is legally a nonprofit (which I hear it is) I am happy for his and other people's comments on what has worked for his/her organization.
Thank you for the suggestions. As I mentioned, we received our approval less than a month ago...thus, no listing on Guidestar, no annual report. I am working on updating the site now to reflect that we are a non-profit. I my original post, I was just starting that Razoo was a great site...I did not know I had to provide evidence of my status to simply make a recommendation. If you would like more proof, you cannot register with Razoo unless you are a registered non-profit. They have seen our documentation and approved our status...
Sasha...thank you. I appreciate your kind words.
Congratulations on getting your 501c3 status! Exciting times, indeed. I also liked how easily I could identify your mission on the website.
Did you come to the TechSoup site looking for anything in particular and if so, did you find it? There are lots of resources here for nonprofits, and hope that they'll help you with your work.
I am doing some research on exactly what software is best for non-profits. Within the next couple of weeks, I am sure we will be making some donation requests. Thanks again for the warm welcome...
"I did not know I had to provide evidence of my status to simply make a recommendation." Of course not! But being on the Internet - and being on any online community - invites scrutiny Once you've been around the TechSoup forum for a while (and I do hope you will stick around), you will see that, unfortunately, the forum attracts some people and "organizations" whose offers and expertise aren't as "free" or credible as they might first seem to be - hence my questions. I hope you will use the advice I offered as an opportunity to improve your online profile and thereby get even more supporters for your organization and to distinguish yourself from those others - you'll end up with even more supporters and more credibility as a result.
Please everyone should be careful of dealing with NPC (National Processing Company) based in Louisville, KY. NPC offers credit card processing pretending to be TechSoup Partner. NPC does not have good business ethic. Our non-profit agency enrolled with NPC and the charges kept coming in activity or no activity. Even when we called them to stop our account, NPC keeps looting our bank account. We called again to complain. NPC's staff kept using one excuse or another and the charges kept eating up our bank account. Now, our banker told us the only way to stop NPC is to close our account!!! TechSoup should check the business practices of any company trying to become a partner. Just an advice.
Welcome to TechSoup! I'm sorry you're having problems with NPC. TechSoup's program manager for this company posted a comment about the complaints (click here) along with her contact info. I hope you can resolve this!
Would you mind filling out your profile? Here's a post about how to create a killer profile. That will help readers know where you're coming from (e.g., small, medium, or large nonprofit, where you're located, general stuff like that).
RobertForum Moderator Robert L. Weiner ConsultingStrategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Organizationsrobert [AT] rlweiner [DOT] comwww.rlweiner.com
Hello, FYI just as an update, though some of you are processing over 5K a month in donations you may still look at flat rate solutions like Paypal or Google Checkout as a better fit. HOWEVER, some real merchant accounts have a very low Visa/MC Check Card fee now that are below 0.50% for ALL check card transactions - this is legitimate and is something that the flat rate third party providers won't offer. If you have any questions on how this works email Joe at email@example.com
Joe T. - DonorCharge.comMicro-Donation fundraising
Hi, Joe, and thanks for stopping in again. Has there been some change that sparked your post?
I've enjoyed your informative posts on this topic in the past, but please do remember that TechSoup has a strict non-promotional policy. Answering questions with helpful information is great. Making posts that are directly promotional to your company, on the other hand, isn't allowed. That's what this posts sounds like, but let me know if your information is more broadly relevant than just to your own company.
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