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How Mobile Payments Can Benefit Your Non-Profit Organization

7/17/2012 2:02:00 PM by Switch Commerce

Mobile credit card processing is perhaps one of the best things you can do for your non-profit organization. People are handling cash less and less, and non-profits are suffering because of it. There are many people that would love to give you $5 or $10, but all they have is $1 in their pocket. With mobile credit card processing, these people can give more without having to worry about cash. Not only that, but there are many other advantages to using mobile payments.

Mobile Payments Ease of Use

Using mobile payment systems is nearly as simple as accepting cash donations. You are given a mobile card reader that plugs into your phone, and then swipe the card through that reader. The transaction is secure, and it is just like paying for anything else with a credit card.

Mobile payments may be different than accepting cash, but even a non-tech user can do this without breaking a sweat.


Accepting credit cards is much more secure than accepting cash. When you use mobile credit card processing, the money is directly deposited into your account. That means no theft. Even if someone steals the mobile device, they can’t access the funds.

Electronic Receipts

Many people donate to charities because they can write it off on their taxes, but they normally need a receipt. Writing out a receipt can be difficult, but when you use these merchant services, an electronic receipt is automatically produced. After swiping the card, you can enter an email address or phone number, and the receipt is electronically sent. It’s easier for you, and the person making the donation.

Higher Donations

While there may be some people who are content spending $1 on their credit card, most people don’t like breaking out the plastic for that small an amount. Because of this, people may be more willing to give you larger donations, typically around $5 to $10, but it can also go higher than this. Not only that, but due to the ease of electronic receipts, some people may be even more willing to give you a larger amount of money.

More Donations

There are a few reasons why these merchant services can give you more donations. For one, there is the novelty effect. People like donating to savvy non-profit organizations, and they like trying new things. You may get donations just because people want to try out the mobile scanner.

But, even after the novelty is gone, these merchant services can still improve your amount of donors. People don’t like handling cash anymore. It takes up too much room, it’s difficult to carry substantial amounts and cash isn’t as safe.

By being able to accept a credit card, you open up a whole new way for people to donate money. They can donate with their preferred financial vehicle, which can dramatically improve the number of donations you get.


Mobile credit card processing is great for any non-profit organization. Gone are the days of people giving nickels and dimes, or people saying they don’t have any cash. Mobile payment processing easily gets around these problems, improving your donation amounts and the number of donors. Try out Switch Commerce’s mobile credit card processing today, and see just how much it can help your organization.

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