Choosing Your Payment Processor

Setting Up Online Payments:

Collecting fees for membership, event tickets, etc. on your NationBuilder site requires a merchant account and a payment processor (also known as a gateway account).*

You should set up a merchant account and a payment processor at least three weeks before your site is scheduled to launch. It is possible that your organization already has these accounts, so make sure you consult your treasurer before opening a new account.

Once you have opened your accounts, please contact your staff liaison for further instructions on linking the accounts to your NationBuilder site.

 

Transferring Online Payments:

If your club is currently accepting online payments through one of the gateway accounts listed in the chart below, please contact your staff liaison, who will advise you in transferring your payment processor to your new website.

If you are currently using Authorize.net, you do not need to do anything. Right before we launch your NationBuilder site, we will connect your already existing account.  

 

Merchant Accounts:

A merchant account is an account with a financial institution that allows your club to accept payments as an organization. If your club currently has a merchant account, it must be internet capable and able to interact with one of the online payment processors in the chart below. Your organization’s merchant account and checking account do not need to be from the same financial institution. Most merchant banks expect a personal guarantor to co-sign the account. If your club is registered as a non-profit, be prepared to notify your financial institution and provide documentation of your club’s status.

 

Payment Processor (Gateway Account):

A gateway account is a service that allows your merchant account to securely accept transactions online. As of August 2015, NationBuilder supports the following payment processors in the chart below. Click here for full details. We recommend the following:

  • If you’re looking for a simple, easy-to-use setup, explore Stripe.
  • If you’re based in Asia or Europe, try a PayPal Business account.
  • If you like CyberSource, consider Authorize.net (NationBuilder customers receive a discount, details here.)

Contact your staff liaison if you have any questions on which option is best for you.

 

Processor

Supports recurring

Countries

Merchant Account Required?

Gateway fees

Processor charges

Authorize.net

Yes

US, CA, GB/EURO, AU

Yes- Provided by Authorize

$15 monthly

2.9% + $0.30 per transaction

Authorize.net

Yes

US, CA, GB/EURO, AU

Yes- Through your current provider

$15 monthly, $0.05 per transaction, $0.10 per daily batch

Your current merchant fees

Democracy Engine

No

US

No

3.75% + $0.20 per transaction

N/A

eWAY

No

AU, GB, NZ

Yes

$30 AUS dollar monthly fee, $0.60 per transaction

Your current merchant fees

PayPal (Business account)

Yes

AU, AT, BE, BR, CA, CH, CN, DE, ES, FR, GB, HK, IL, IT, JP, MX, NL, PL, SG, US

No

2.9% + $0.30 per transaction; 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction for 501(c)3. Details.

N/A

PayPal PayFlow Pro

Yes

US, CA, AU, NZ

Yes- With PayPal merchant account

$30 monthly fee

2.2% + $0.30 per transaction

PayPal PayFlow Pro

Yes

US, CA, AU, NZ

Yes- Through your current provider

$99 set up fee,
$30 monthly fee, $0.10 per transaction

Your current merchant fees

SagePay

No

GB, IE

Yes

From £19.90 per month. Details.

Your current merchant fees

Stripe

No

AU, BE, CA, DE, ES, FI, FR, GB, IE, LU, NL, US, CH, DK, IT, NO, SE

No

2.9% + $0.30 per charge. Details.

N/A

*A payment processor is not required if you do not wish to collect payments through your site.