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 > name. > 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 > as: > 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 his/her data. 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.