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Transaction fees & donation disbursement

A summary of the critical, helpful details about how long it takes for donations to journey through the Give Lively platform and what costs are involved. (Hint: we don't charge anything, but third-party processors do.)

FROM DONOR TO NONPROFIT

The donation journey

Illustration of a man donating to a nonprofit with his cell phone.
Donor gives

Donor completes nonprofit's online donation form, powered for free by Give Lively.
Dollar sign symbol surrounded by arrows indicating money processing.
Automatic processing

Give Lively partners with industry-leading payment processors Stripe and PayPal.
Nonprofits must have a fully authorized Stripe account connected with Give Lively. PayPal is an optional additional payment integration. Payment processor fees apply.
A woman working at a nonprofit receives donation funds while sitting at a computer.
Nonprofit receives

Donation is disbursed directly to nonprofit's bank account within seven business days, depending on the form of payment.
THIRD-PARTY COSTS

Third-party processing fees

as of August 2021

We don't charge for the unlimited use of our powerful and practical technology – no annual fees, no setup fees, no other fees or hidden fees.

However, we use independent services, called payment processors, to securely manage the financial transaction process, from donation to disbursement, by mediating between merchants and financial institutions.

These services – Stripe and PayPal – do charge small fees for every transaction (see charts below), although the fees can sometimes be covered by the donor. Fees are always subject to change at any time by the independent services. Always verify directly with the services themselves for the latest updates.

Learn more about third-party processing fees and about the data privacy and security practices put in place by us and these independent services.

Stripe: Required Payment Processor

PAYMENT METHODS

ACH/Bank Transfer

Stripe imposes a limit of $2,000 per ACH transaction and $10,000 in ACH donations per week (Monday to Sunday).

Major Credit Cards

Most credit cards include: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club and JCB. Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

American Express logo

American Express

Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital Wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

STANDARD DOMESTIC BASE RATES

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.9% + $0.30

2.9% + $0.30

DOMESTIC BASE RATES WITH NONPROFIT DISCOUNT

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.2% + $0.30

3.5%

INTERNATIONAL RATES

Not currently available

base rate + 1% + 1%*

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

base rate + 1% + 1%*

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

PayPal: Optional Payment Processor

PAYMENT METHOD

PayPal logo

PayPal is only available on Give Lively as an optional additional donation method for use by donors who have an account and wish to use it only for one-time donations. Donors are not able to cover the fees.

STANDARD DOMESTIC BASE RATES

2.99% + $0.49

DOMESTIC BASE RATES WITH NONPROFIT DISCOUNT

1.99% + $0.49

INTERNATIONAL RATE

3.49% + fixed fee**

** Fixed fee is based on the currency used. See more here.

PROCESSORS

PAYMENT METHODS

ACH/Bank Transfer

Stripe imposes a limit of $2,000 per ACH transaction and $10,000 in ACH donations per week (Monday to Sunday).

Major Credit Cards

Most credit cards include: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club and JCB. Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

American Express logo

American Express

Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital Wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

PayPal is only available on Give Lively as an optional additional donation method for use by donors who have an account and wish to use it only for one-time donations. Donors are not able to cover the fees.

STANDARD DOMESTIC BASE RATES

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.9% + $0.30

2.9% + $0.30

2.2% + $0.30

DOMESTIC BASE RATE WITH NONPROFIT DISCOUNT

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.2% + $0.30

3.5%

INTERNATIONAL FEES

Not currently available

base rate + 1% + 1%*

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

base rate + 1% + 1%*

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

4.4% + fixed fee**

** Fixed fee is based on the currency used. See more here.

DONATION DISBURSEMENT

How disbursement works

as of June 2021

PROCESSORS

PAYMENT METHODS

Major Credit Cards

Most credit cards include: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club and JCB. Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

ACH/Bank Transfer

Stripe imposes a limit of $2,000 per ACH transaction and $10,000 in ACH donations per week (Monday to Sunday).

PayPal logo

PayPal is only available on Give Lively as an optional additional donation method for use by donors who have an account and wish to use it only for one-time donations. Donors are not able to cover the fees.

DISBURSEMENT TIMEFRAMES

Within 2 business days

Within 7 business days

0-3 business days *

PROCESSORS

PAYMENT METHODS

Major Credit Cards

Most credit cards include: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club and JCB. Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

ACH/Bank Transfer

Stripe imposes a limit of $2,000 per ACH transaction and $10,000 in ACH donations per week (Monday to Sunday).

Give Lively Members

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.2% + $0.30

Non-members

Not currently available

3.2% + 1%* + $0.30

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

PROCESSORS

PAYMENT METHODS

Major Credit Cards

Most credit cards include: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club and JCB. Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

ACH/Bank Transfer

Stripe imposes a limit of $2,000 per ACH transaction and $10,000 in ACH donations per week (Monday to Sunday).

Give Lively Members

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.2% + $0.30

Non-members

Not currently available

3.2% + 1%* + $0.30

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

PROCESSORS

PAYMENT METHODS

PayPal is only available on Give Lively as an optional additional donation method for use by donors who have an account and wish to use it only for one-time donations. Donors are not able to cover the fees.

Give Lively Members

0-3 business days

** Fixed fee is based on the currency used. Click here

Non-members

Not available

PROCESSORS

PAYMENT METHODS

Major Credit Cards

Most credit cards include: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club and JCB. Rates apply to cards used directly and when stored in digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).

ACH/Bank Transfer

Stripe imposes a limit of $2,000 per ACH transaction and $10,000 in ACH donations per week (Monday to Sunday).

Give Lively Members

0.8% (cap of $5)

2.2% + $0.30

Non-members

Not currently available

3.2% + 1%* + $0.30

* This additional 1% fee only applies if currency conversion is required.

OUR FAQs

We have some answers that will help you

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