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Accepting Online Donations or Pledge Payments for Your Congregation

Recommendations from Congregational Treasurers

Although the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) can’t provide a specific recommendation, there are several options that you might be interested in exploring. Several of these recommendations are based on input from treasurers and church administrators who participate in the UU-Money email discussion list.

  • Paypal: The service that seems to have moved to the top in popularity among congregations is PayPal. Confirm rates and get more information on their page for nonprofits.
  • Vanco: The UUA Congregational Stewardship Services group has a negotiated deal with Vanco, which is described in their online flyer (PDF).  One thing to note is that members must create an online profile with the payment processing service before donating.
  • Network for Good: Their “lite” option is easy to set up and has no setup fees or monthly subscription fees, but is limited to a generic donation page.

All of these are pretty easy to set up. Some include templates, but allow you to manage the donation form; some have a “one look fits all” donation form that is the same for everyone, and some provide creation and maintenance of a custom donation page as part of the service. All are PCI compliant, which is extremely important.

Sample Congregation Sites


Here are a few congregations with Paypal donation forms:


These use Vanco:

Data and Computer Security

Follow Congregational Data and Computer Security Guidelines to be confident your congregation’s information and computers are safe.

For more information contact congstewardship @

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Last updated on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

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