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Would your genealogy or historical society like to accept payments on the web? Possible uses are to accept membership dues, to sell books or other materials, accept donations, or to accept registration fees for seminars and other events. Online payment processing may sound "high-tech" and complicated, but even the smallest nonprofit can easily implement procedures to receive payments through its website.
Online credit card payments are the most accepted method of payment these days. Years ago, many people were afraid to use credit cards online. However, those fears are long gone as millions of online credit card payments are now made every day. The number of lost or fraudulent online charges is now lower than that of old-fashioned "face-to-face" credit card payments in stores, gas stations, restaurants, and elsewhere. In addition, all online payments made by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card are now fully insured against fraud and errors, so purchasers will never lose a dime even in the worst situation imaginable.
Today millions of consumers are accustomed to making credit card payments online. If your organization can accept online credit card payments, you can maximize the number of people who are able to donate, pay membership dues and event registration fees, and make purchases through your website.
In order to accept credit card payments online, your nonprofit will need three items:
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