What is the cost of Give Lively's fundraising platform?

Our platform is free for Give Lively nonprofit members. Membership is completely free and non-committal.

Much like a foundation, Give Lively was created by philanthropists to provide free resources to nonprofits, specifically technology. Our founders have worked extensively with charitable organizations and seen first-hand the positive impact innovative tech can have on fundraising. They started Give Lively in 2015 based on the belief that every nonprofit should have access to best-in-class fundraising tech.

  • Stripe processes all donations made through Give Lively products at a discounted fee. The company offers a fee structure to nonprofits of 2.2%+ .30%(non-Amex), 3.5%(Amex), and .8% with a fee limit of $5 (bank account debits) for donations. Stripe takes a fee when the donation is processed. In order to receive the Stripe discount, nonprofits must send an email to sales+nonprofit@stripe.com with your EIN and an electronic copy of an IRS-issued letter indicating 501(c)(3) status.
  • Give Lively nonprofit members can also add PayPal as an optional donation-processing method, but only for one-time donations. In the near future, we will be adding the option to process recurring monthly donations too. PayPal charges fees of 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction, deducted automatically by PayPal. At this time, PayPal’s transaction fees can’t be covered by the donor. We plan to offer this feature in the near future.

Both Stripe and PayPal accept international credit cards. The transaction fees they charge are, however, a little higher than fees placed on domestic cards.

  • Stripe adds an additional 1% on top of Stripe’s standard nonprofit rate of 2.2% + $.30 for most major credit cards and 3.5% for American Express.
  • PayPal charges a 4.4% transaction fee plus a fixed fee based on the currency received.

At this time, the ability of donors to cover fees does not apply to international currency conversions, so there will be a slight difference between the donation sent and the total amount received by the nonprofit.

June 27, 2019