Featured FAQ: Can donors make recurring donations through our JustGive donation page?

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Question

Can donors make recurring donations through our JustGive donation page?

Answer

Yes, as long as you are using JustGive’s nonprofit services, your donors have the option to set up a monthly recurring donation to your organization.

How do recurring donations work?

Recurring donations, also known as monthly giving, are donations that are automatically processed on the first business day of each month. Donors are only required to enter their payment information once – upon set up of their recurring donation – which makes this an easy and convenient way for them to increase their impact on charity.

The option to give monthly allows you to break down your total ask, giving donors a practical alternative to a one-time gift that might feel out of reach for their budget (ex: $25/month instead of a one-time gift of $300). This allows them to contribute the same larger amount spread out over several months.

How do donors set up a recurring donation?

Donors can set up a recurring donation by visiting your custom donation page and following the steps below:

  1. Select the amount recurring-checkboxto give monthly
  2. Just below the amount, check the box that says “Make this a monthly recurring donation”
  3. Click Proceed To
    Checkout
    to get to the checkout screen and, under “Monthly Recurring Donations Terms”, select the month and year to begin the recurring donation
  4. Complete the donation

Note that donors are required to create an account on JustGive when they create a recurring donation so that, if needed, they can log in and modify their recurring donation at any time. Donors cannot indicate an end date for their recurring donation.

TIP: Make it even easier for your donors to give monthly by pre-checking the recurring donation box on the donation page for them with a custom donation button link.

When donors click the link, they will land on your donation page with the “Make this a monthly recurring donation” box already checked. Donors can easily uncheck this box if they do not want to make their donation recurring.

How do I track recurring donations to my organization?

When your organization collects donations through JustGive, we provide detailed reporting for each donation you receive. When you log in to your account and run your donation report you can see recurring donations marked with “Yes” in the Recurring column.

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Monthly giving is an easy and convenient way for donors to make a difference throughout the year. In addition to providing reliable donation levels, monthly donors don’t need to receive regular appeals. This opens up communications to the real-life impact of their donations, keeping your donors connected and engaged.

-Amanda Chun
Account Development Manager

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A year-round healthy resolution that’s easy to keep

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Bought new gym shoes and they’re still in the box? We can’t help you exercise more often or stay away from the vending machine at work, but we can help you enjoy a happier, healthier 2009. Easily and conveniently, JustGive can simplify your charitable giving and help you make a difference in the world.

Keeping your resolution to give more to charity and organize your finances

You have good intentions to give to your favorite charity throughout the year, but haven’t started yet? Don’t wait until December to make your donations or get your charitable finances in order. For as little as $10, you can start giving right away and spread your gifts throughout the year with donations to any of nearly 1.5 million charities. Set it up now and choose the charities to receive a recurring gift—we’ll take care of the details. Then sit back. Relax. And feel good about what you’re doing all year!

How much should you give? How often? Our Giving Wisely tools help you make your generosity count, and our Giving Resources show you how to make a real difference in your life, in your community, and in the world.

Organizing charitable records at the touch of a button

We’ll keep your giving records in a personal, password-protected account. When it’s time to file your taxes, click on your Giving History and print a complete record of all your charitable donations.

Giving is good for your health

A national survey of 30,000 Americans found those who gave money to charity were 43 percent more likely to be “very happy” with their lives. Studies done by the nation’s top universities—Harvard, Yale and Stanford—revealed that givers also benefit from delayed mortality, reduced depression, increased well being, good fortune, and perhaps even professional success.

Given the current state of the economy, Mark D. Lange, a former private equity executive, asked, “Why would any rational American give to a charity this year?” He consulted with Dr. Charles Raison of the department of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, who explained the immediate benefit from giving: when people give money or volunteer their time, the pleasure center of the brain is activated, generating dopamine, the “happy” neurotransmitter associated with reward, laughter and pleasure. And research shows we generate new neurons with repeated brain activities. So the more often we give, the better we feel.

My running shoes might stay in the box, but I feel about good sticking to a healthy resolution to make a difference in the world. Join me and Tell a friend too. Here’s to a happier, healthier 2009.