Please follow these steps to sign up for QuickDonate with Stripe:
No. Stripe provides the flexibility needed for donors to seamlessly give to multiple organizations after saving payment information only once. Blue State has also integrated with the Stripe platform in ways that ensure an evolving and constantly improving donor experience, which ultimately drives better results for clients participating in the program.
For a limited period of time, we are waiving all setup fees associated with QuickDonate. You’ll just be responsible for the regular transaction processing fees associated with each contribution.
Stripe is a global payment gateway. For more information visit: https://stripe.com/
When a donor first enrolls in QuickDonate, Stripe — not Blue State Digital — will store an obfuscated copy of the donor’s credit card number. Stripe then provides a code — referred to as a token — to the QuickDonate system. This token allows QuickDonate to make charges against the donor’s credit card in the future without the donor having to re-enter their card information.
QuickDonate pages will likely not differ much from your current contribution forms and/or existing QuickDonate flows. Pages can include your organization’s branding and will appear integrated with the rest of your website, like any other BSD Tools form. The only difference will be a mention of Blue State's “QuickDonate” feature appearing as an opt-in screen for new participants.
After a donor makes a contribution with your organization, they will be presented with an enrollment button to save the information they just used.
QuickDonate relies on Stripe as the payment processor for all donations, as well as a unique “Stripe Customer ID” to charge donors. Stripe is a PCI Level 1 payment processor, providing industry-standard security for all user information. Credit card numbers are never stored on BSD servers. Neither BSD nor Stripe will share your donors’ payment information with anyone. You can read all of Stripe’s security details here: https://stripe.com/help/security.
If you are an existing client, you can continue using the previous version of QuickDonate, which allows a donor to donate with one click on your own donation forms. You will be building your own QuickDonor base from scratch, and will not benefit from a growing pool of motivated donors who could have a seamless donation experience for many organizations, including yours. New clients must use the new version of QuickDonate.
You can no longer use payment tokens if you leave the QuickDonate network. Other donor information, like billing information for your completed donations, will be available in your Stripe account as well as your BSD tools constituents database.
Your donors' information will be shared with other QuickDonate participating organizations. Organizations using QuickDonate will not have direct access to donor contact information within their own instances of the BSD Tools until those donors have signed up to that organization’s list.
You control how your organization’s name will appear on the donor’s bank or credit card statement. BSD can help you set this up on your Stripe account.
No. You can continue to process one-time and recurring payments through your existing payment gateway. Over time, hopefully, more and more donors will be using QuickDonate and your donation volume via Stripe will increase.
Your Stripe merchant account will be connected to a bank account of your choice, and donation funds will be transferred to that account automatically. Details on the transfers are configured in your account and available here: https://support.stripe.com/topics/transfers-and-deposits.
A new or existing recurring donors will still be charged and managed through your current payment gateway, as they currently are. At the same time, they will be enrolled in QuickDonate so future one-time donations will be possible with their saved payment information.
Using Stripe to take contributions should require no meaningful changes to your FEC reporting or migration of donor data to other systems. Donation data will appear in your BSD Tools system in the same way it does now.
Stripe has account-level settings that will let you configure what level of address and CVV matching you require for payments, similar to other gateways. Stripe does some other basic fraud screening.
Stripe will handle chargebacks on donations processed through its system in the same way your current payment gateway handles chargebacks.
Additionally, QuickDonate is integrated with Kount, an all-in-one fraud and risk management platform that will help your organization detect and prevent credit card fraud. Learn more about Kount here.