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ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEMS


There are lots of payment systems available, many of which offer charities and non-profi ts a discount on fees. Here are some of the more popular methods among our PTA+ community. There are no set-up fees, instead they each charge a nominal amount as a percentage per transaction.


● PayPal (paypal.com) offers non- profi ts a discounted rate of 1.4% +20p and allows donors to opt into Gift Aid on donations. ● Stripe (stripe.com) charges 1.2% +20p for charities. ● DonatePal (donatepal.app) charges charities nothing, instead passing the cost of 2.9% + 25p onto the buyer. It’s able to provide Gift Aid data, which you can then use to make claims.


ONLINE


FUNDRAISING A guide to


Make it easy for your community


to contribute to the PTA coffers, in the absence of your usual events


W


ith many events still on hold, you might want to think about offering new ways for your supporters


to donate to your cause, and keep money fl owing in over the next year. You may have already set up a regular giving system through the school offi ce, but digital platforms provide an easy way for people to


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give – in many different ways – and you may fi nd yourselves wondering why you didn’t think of doing more of these before. Always be sensitive to your supporters’ fi nancial situations. For some communities, now is not the time to ask for fi nancial support, but if you have supporters who can afford to help, here are a few ideas of how they can.


Check individual websites for more details on which is the best fi t for your PTA. Some payment systems can be used in conjunction with popular PTA ticketing and management platforms: Stripe and PayPal can be used with Classlist (classlist.com), while PTA Events (pta-events.co.uk) only supports Stripe. It’s worth fi nding out if your school already has a payment system you can use, such as ParentPay or ParentMail’s +Pay. But bear in mind that you’ll probably have to go through the school offi ce whenever you need to make changes or check fi gures.


Online donations Regular giving is the system


whereby donations are made by your supporters at set intervals, often monthly. By using an online platform, you can avoid worrying about standing orders or direct debits, and Gift Aid is automatically collected. While it’s ideal for some, regular giving is a commitment that might be challenging in the current climate. With one-off donations, donors can give as they wish without feeling tied down, and can give as much or as little as they’re able. DonateMySchool (donatemyschool.com) and CAF Donate (cafonline.org/charities/ caf-donate) are free of subscription or joining fees and allow for one-off or regular donations. Options with


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