Use Square as a Nonprofit Organization
Disclaimer: Please note that this guidance is general in nature and does not constitute legal, tax or any other type of professional advice. If you are unsure about your entity type or where to find the relevant information, we suggest that you consult with a professional.
You can use Square as a nonprofit to process payments and collect donor information. To start accepting payments, create a Square account online or directly from your mobile device by downloading the Square Point of Sale app.
When signing up, please enter your full name, date of birth and physical address. We are required by federal law to ask for the personal information of one of the members of your organization. There is currently no way to sign up for a Square account without providing this information.
Read more about the required information for signing up with Square.
We offer a low rate of 2.65% per transaction for all major credit cards with no additional charges. The fee for manually-entered transactions is 3.4% + 15¢.
You may qualify for custom rates if you process over $250k in credit cards annually. If you’re interested in speaking with a Square salesperson to learn more, please complete a brief form and let us know more about your organization. If you don’t think you’ll process enough to qualify for custom rates, you’ll pay Square’s standard fee when you process a
Capturing Donor Information
You can collect customer information right from the transaction screen of the Square Point of Sale app. Any details collected this way will be available in your Customer Directory on your online Square Dashboard, so you can follow up with your customers at a later time.
To track your donations and view the payment details, visit Transactions in your Square Dashboard.
Accept Donations with Square Online
With Square Online, you can use the donation item type to accept donations on your website. Donation items are fully customizable and you can easily feature them on your homepage to raise awareness for your cause. Learn more about how to accept donations online.
Staff Collecting Payments
Team members can accept donations on your behalf by simply logging into the Square Point of Sale app from their device using the email address and password associated with your account.
If you need to track who is accepting what payments, our Team Management features can help sort that out. Learn more about using Team Management.