How To Get A Text Number For DonationsBy Eric Bryant,
Text-to-donate is a fantastic method to add to any charity’s arsenal for collecting donations. Supporters have fully embraced text-to-donate because it’s easy, quick, and accessible to everybody. Supporters can donate by texting a keyword to a 5-digit number (called a short code). In return, they receive a donation link to PayPal (or whatever payment processor you choose) where they can donate as little or as much as they’d like securely and quickly.
Text-to-donate has made fundraising more effective, as this infographic shows. Nonprofits and charities can now be in direct contact with donors, and the whole process gets a kit easier.
How to set up your own text-to-donate number
Traditionally, getting a text-to-donate number isn’t easy. It requires a lot of hoops to jump through. Text donation services more often than not have crazy requirements like:
Be a 501(c)(3) organisation approved by the IRS and file the appropriate forms for it to the donation service.
In the previous year, one must have achieved revenues of over $500,000 and have the IRS Form 990 to prove it.
Must have been established for a minimum of one year.
Be registered by all states that your charity will potentially impact as a soliciting charity.
Be in accordance with The Patriot Act
Some even require you to operate your charity according to how they want you to.
Traditional text to give services require a half dozen hard-to-get forms and the paperwork is immense. It’s enough to discourage most people from even wanting to bother, and in fact, about to 83% of charities don’t even qualify because of the insane regulations. Why does text-to-donate have to be so difficult to obtain? Why are charities being punished and forced to jump through hoops just to do some good in the world?
Short answer: They aren’t anymore.
Not every text donation service wants to turn you away. Some, like us, want to completely change the game. We believe that every legitimate, credible charity deserves to have a text-to-donate number regardless of whether they made half a million in revenue in the previous year or not.
We make setting up a text-to-donate service painless. Our service is affordable, fast, and comes with a money-back guarantee if things don’t work smoothly. We don’t require you to have your own payment processor, don’t have an annual revenue minimum, don’t use contracts or term requirements, and don’t require 501(c) classification or any IRS documents.
Setting up a text-to-donate number with us is easy. First, you have to decide what your keyword is going to be. What are people going to text you? It’s a good idea to have this be simple and easy to remember. For example, if you’re a charity for children, something like “FORTHEKIDS” would be great!
After you have your keyword, you can fill out the order form right on our website. Fill out your information, add your PayPal email so you can receive donations, and provide us with a response to send to your supporters. Then, we'll do all the rest of the leg work for you and you’ll be ready to go, usually within a couple of hours.