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Online Giving for Nonprofit Organizations

Credit Card Giving

The Boston Foundation is pleased to offer credit card and Donor Advised Fund giving through the Giving Common.  Credit card processing fees charged by external vendors are 5.5%, which is in turn deducted from the gift to cover this cost.  The Boston Foundation does not add any additional fees.  Donors have the option to “gross up” their gift to cover a portion or the entirety of the fee prior to completing their transaction.

All donations will be acknowledged for IRS purposes by the Boston Foundation immediately by email and on screen. Following each donation, the email listed on the General Information tab of your organization’s profile will receive an email from [email protected] with information about the donation.  Please note, this notification will be sent once a day at 2:00am, with donation information listed in Central time, and is preliminary as it takes approximately two full days for credit card processing to be complete.

Once a month, we will send a paper zip-file check to every organization that has received donations in the prior month, net the credit card processing fee of 5.5%.  To download data on Giving Common donors, available after the check has been sent: log into your profile; click “Donation Reports” and download the data in Excel.

Should you have questions, please contact Leigh Handschuh at [email protected] or call 617-338-1623.