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Andean Textile Arts is a small 501c3 20 years old, not a membership organization. Board and volunteers are across the U.S. A few years ago we switched from tracking donors via excel to Wild Apricot. But the W.A. system is more robust and too expensive for our organization. We're planning to switch to GIVE as a wordpress plugin. Have you used the GIVE platform? What's been your experience? Thank you.
Hi and welcome to TechSoup!
I've been hoping someone would respond about their experiences with the GIVE plugin. It looks promising.
Here's a link to a checklist I created to help evaluate online donation platforms. Think about the features you want and the ones you NEED (your dealbreakers) and find out whether GIVE can at least handle all your needs. (That can include reference checks and hands-on testing.) Also, if you plan to use it as a donor management platform (aka a donor database or CRM), make sure it can handle those needs as well. Idealware's Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems talks about features you might need in a CRM.
If you do evaluate or select GIVE, would you let us know what you find?
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Great question. I'd honestly love to see how it works myself... There are a couple of things you're going to want to think about before jumping in, when using a stand alone "inline" processing solution like GiveWP.
1) Is your website secure? Most hosting providers will offer SSL certificates now. You want to make sure you're website is covered with an SSL that is PCI compliant otherwise you'll have a hard time processing transactions directly on your website. Most giving solutions will redirect your donors to a secure page inside of their environment branded like your website. There are advantages and disadvantages to this. In my opinion the largest advantage largely out ways the disadvantage which is you won't have to worry about staying inside of PCI compliance because the transactions will be done outside of your website environment.
2) Do you have already have a merchant account? This is a big deal but still something you'll want to consider.
3) Is the data (donations, donors, schedule donations, and so on) easily integrated with your CRM solution?
If you give me more specific information about why you're considering giving and what advantages you see of over an all in one solutions I might be able to offer more insight.
Hope this is helpful.
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