However, in order to process online payments, Friend Tree Fundraising does make use of your existing Square account, PayPal Payments Pro business account or your own merchant account serviced by Payflow Gateway. So, if you don't already have one of these accounts, you'll need to set one up. It's quick and easy, and millions organizations have already done it! Both Square and PayPal are among the most trusted and widely used internet payment service providers!
Of course, PayPal Pro does impose its own monthly and transaction fees, but those are collected and processed between your organization and PayPal as part of the normal course of accepting online payments. Square does not impose monthly fees, but does collect the same transaction fees as PayPal.
YES! Your traditional fundraising efforts are augmented for free by Friend Tree Fundraising's regularly-scheduled email messages to all potential donors. Each message is sent to the donor directly from a member of your organization, or from another donor who has already made a contribution. All messages contain a familiar and friendly greeting, like "Hi Grampa" or "Hi Uncle Bob", based on information entered by the members of your group.
Reminder messages are sent regularly until the potential donor makes a gift, opts out of your fundraising program, or the fundraiser ends. And we guarantee that email addresses added to the system will NEVER, EVER be used for any purpose other than the specific fundraising program for which they were entered. That's our promise to you!
Friend Tree Fundraising also provides easy-to-use reports that allow your fundraising coordinator to track the success of every campaign. Reports include details about each member's donor recommendations, their activity, and other important information. The Friend Tree system even provides an easy ranking feature to see which members have been most successful in their fundraising efforts.