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Payment processors for recurring donations
Payment processors for recurring donations

Overview of donor experience with native and third-party payment processors that support recurring donations.

Updated over a week ago

The information below does not apply to any US-based account created after January 25th, 2018.

Payment Processors for recurring donations

If you choose to use a third-party payment processor, you can use, PayPal, and PayPal Payflow Pro. To use PayPal Payflow Pro or, you will need to set up a merchant account with your bank. For, you must configure your account to accept recurring donations. If you use PayPal Express Checkout, you must have a business account.

Donor experience with NationBuilder

Using NationBuilder's integrated payment processing allows donors to select one-time or recurring payments on the same page. This interface will allow users to input their credit card information directly on your NationBuilder website. Once the user has submitted the payment, the transaction will be securely processed through our integration with Stripe.

Donor experience with PayPal

Using PayPal Express Checkout to process monthly donations and installments, a donor will be sent to the PayPal website to finalize the donation. They will have to log into their PayPal account or create a new PayPal account to complete the transaction. Even if you have configured your PayPal account to be able to accept recurring donations from donors who have not created PayPal accounts, this configuration is not compatible with the NationBuilder integration.

You will not be able to process monthly donations or installment payments from the control panel using PayPal. If you are sitting with the donor, you could begin the recurring donation via your website. To complete the transaction, the donor will need to use your computer and login to their PayPal account or create a new PayPal account.

Donor experience with PayPal Payflow Pro and

Using PayPal Payflow Pro or to process monthly donations and installments, a donor can complete the transaction on your website.

You can also easily process monthly donations and installment payments using PayPal Payflow Pro or from the control panel of your nation.

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