We would love not to charge any fees to causes! However it simply costs money to run a website like iDonate.ie and provide the online fundraising services offered by iDonate Ltd. We are very transparent with our fees which are detailed below.
When processing payments online, several service providers charge iDonate Ltd. a fee. These include the donors credit card company, the payment processor Global Payments who handle the secure processing of payments and our banking fees. Some of the fees charge are fixed fees and some are a percentage fee.
To cover the costs detailed above a flat 3% transaction fee is applied to each donation.
iDonate Ltd. site / admin fee is 2%. This allows us to provide this professional service to causes. The site fee goes towards
- Development costs - we continually develop our website to provide more features and tools to causes
- Support Costs - we are here to respond to email and phone support
- Hosting Costs - we host our websites with Blacknight Ireland on a high spec server
- Taxes - Yes we must pay these also !
Therefor the total fee charged is a flat 5% on each donation.
Donors are given the option to cover the 5% fee which 75% of donors opt for. This means the cause gets 100% of the donation amount.
All donations are transferred directly to each cause on a monthly basis.
While other sites claim to offer a Free service, they will charge a transaction fee on each donation. Some sites will also set a default tip off 10% - 15% of donated amount.
Also some sites will charge charities monthly / yearly fees to be listed on their platform. iDonate.ie charge no such fees.