How Can We Add Online Donations to Our Parish Website?
Adding an online payment system to your website is a great way to allow parishioners and others to easily donate to your parish.
The general process for completing this task is as follows:
1) Research and decide on a donation service to use
2) Create an account with that service for your parish
3) Make use of the tools offered by your donation service to create an embeddable button or link
4) Embed the button or link on your site in the desired location
There are many options available for online donation providers. Parishes do everything from creating a Paypal account and putting a simple button on their site, to providing a pledge form and service with a payment processor that can automate monthly donations. Here are some examples of parishes that have done both methods to give you some ideas of what can be done: see http://stluke-nc.org/ for an example of a site using a donation button (PayPal), see http://holytrinityphx.org/ for a parish that uses a more involved solution (see the links in the right column of their homepage).
As a suggestion for your donation provider, we offer up justgive.org. However, we suggest that you research the terms and offerings of a few services to see which one will best meet the needs of your parish. For an example of a parish using Just Give that has a donation button on their site see: http://www.orthodoxcheyenne.org/. Their donation button is in the right column of the homepage.