[thelist] contribution database
fdariano at woh.rr.com
Fri Jan 14 10:16:47 CST 2011
On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM, F Dariano <fdariano at woh.rr.com> wrote:
> For the annual NAMI Walk fundraiser, the the Executive Director would like
> a donation page added which would keep track of which walker or team
> gets credit for the donation & have an entry for the Team name or Walker
> I thought a database would have to be created & looked into this but it
> seems beyond what I understand.
> Would another format work for this?
On Tue, 11 Jan 2011 at 2:25 pm. Hassan Schroeder wrote:
> Not clear what you mean by "another format".
> If you want the site to accept, process, and display information about
> donations, yeah, you typically want a DB to store the data processed
> by your application. (The data has to be stored somewhere; writing it
> to the file system directly is clunky and slow.)
On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 at 2:10 pm. Frank Dariano wrote:
> By another format, I meant something other than a database. Thanks for
> your > answer; I'll either have to learn how to do the database or turn it
> over to
> someone else.
> I also heard from another subscriber, Martin Burns, to use a tool that
> will do
> this & to check out http://civicrm.org/. Checked it out but I think it's
> somewhat more than what's needed for the fund raiser. Thanks for your
> answer though.
On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 Martin Burns wrote:<martin at easyweb.co.uk>
> Yes, but installing this and limiting the functionality will be a *lot*
> less work
> than creating the limited functionality from scratch.
On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 trevor <trevor at intospace.ca> wrote:
> You may be interested to look into widgets or helper sites for this, such
> http://pledgie.com or
> http://chipin.com or things along those lines.
> I think pledgie.com might be the best bet in the case you describe
On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 Greg Holmes wrote:
> I've built exactly this for a different non-profit. It got pretty
> complicated -
> possibly more than yours will - there were all sorts of permutations of
> teams, walkers, donations, t-shirts, etc.
> But yes, it certainly needed a database. I suppose you could gather all
> the information and just email it to somebody, but that just pushes the
> task of storing and organizing the data onto them, whoever they are.
> So your choices would seem to be either figure out how to do it, pay (or
> recruit) someone else to do it, or find some company that would have a
> hosted solution for this.
Thank you so much for all of your answers. I checked them out.
I should have said in my post that the org wanted to collect the donation
through a PayPal account. I didn't realize what all PayPal offered.
After some off list advice & questions from Hassan Schroeder, I checked
deeper into the PayPal service.
I learned that PayPal Donate buttons are pasted on a Website. Clicking the
button takes the donor to the PayPal secure site where the donor fills out
After the donation is completed, this information is emailed to the PayPal
account holder in a list format; name, donation amount, date, etc. This
seems pretty easy to me & may be the way we go.
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