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Nonprofit Payment Processing

Payment flexibility for your supporters. Reliability and simple management for your nonprofit.


Modern Nonprofit Payment Processing

Nonprofit payment processing is about more than rates and fees. It’s about making it incredibly easy to give. Classy Pay gives you the tools you need to create a frictionless, convenient, and secure donor experience that’s easy for you to manage.

  • Boost conversion rates with flexible payment options
  • Improve donor retention rates with best in class tools
  • Provide secure payment processing and prevent fraud
  • Streamline your backend processes

Boost conversion rates with flexible payment options

  • Credit card (powered by Stripe) and ACH options, backed by AI-enabled auto-retry logic to improve acceptance rates
  • Digital wallets – including Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Microsoft Pay – reduce steps in the checkout process
  • [Coming soon] PayPal and Venmo options leverage trusted brands to reduce friction so you can reach broader and younger donor segments
Donation page example with the option to give through mobile wallet

“Classy Pay ended our fraudulent transactions and sped up our weekly reconciliation process. We always appreciate anything that puts time back in
our day!”

Operation Broken Silence
Recurring gift example in Classy's recurring donors report that shows successful transactions

Improve donor retention rates with best in class tools

  • Prevent the impact of an expired or lost credit card with Classy Pay’s automatic credit card updater
  • Classy Pay enables recurring gifts across all payment options to drive the lifetime value of your donors. For starters, recurring gifts using ACH are 55% higher than those made with a credit card. *
  • Data flows directly to Classy Manager, allowing you to start the stewardship process as early as possible

* Classy Platform Data

Provide secure, reliable payment processing and prevent fraud

  • Industry-leading fraud protection powered by Stripe Radar secures transactions, reducing fraud by 25% on average vs. other methods
  • Stronger security with fewer false positives provides ease of mind for you and your donors
  • Classy Pay is built on the most reputable and innovative processors, delivering best in class reliability
Supporter profile example that has been verified
Example of a Classy Pay payout report with all transaction data

Streamline your backend processes

  • Access your funds faster with daily cash-out
  • Easily reconcile payments and deposits and manage all transaction data in your Classy account
  • Reduce chargebacks with Stripe Radar to save your team time and resources

Switching Is Easy

With no upgrade fee, industry-competitive rates, and a simple activation process, you can upgrade your payment solution in three simple steps.

Talk to your Classy Rep to learn more and sign up.

Log in to Classy Manager to activate Classy Pay and your new payment methods.

Once verified, enter your bank account details in Classy Manager to ensure prompt fund disbursement.

See the Classy Advantage

Classy supports the following payment processing solutions to accept donations and process payments online: Classy Pay, WePay,, and Braintree.

Processor Fees
2.2% + $0.30 for Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

+1% for American Express
2.2% + $0.30 for Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

+1% for American Express
Specific to the merchant account
2.2% + $0.30 for Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

+1.05% for American Express + 1% for International
Other Costs (Non-Fees)
$49 Setup Fee

$25 Monthly gateway fee
Checkout with PayPal button available with a predetermined PayPal transaction fee
Merchant of Record
Your Nonprofit
Your Nonprofit
Your Nonprofit
Your Nonprofit
Frequency of
Fund Deposits Daily, weekly, or monthly
Daily, weekly, or monthly
Daily, weekly, or monthly
2-3 Business Days for Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. 3-5 Business Days for American Express.
Classy Transaction Fees
Collected at the time of checkout
Collected at the time of checkout
Invoiced monthly
Invoiced monthly
Self-Service Donor Tools
Donors may update billing information through the Classy Supporter Profile
Donors may update billing information through the Classy Supporter Profile
Donors may update billing information through the Classy Supporter Profile
Donors may update billing information through the Classy Supporter Profile
Fraud Prevention
Stripe Radar fraud prevention and monitoring services included
Dedicated Trust & Safety Team that monitors all account activity
Fraud filters that must be adjusted within the merchant account
Fraud filters that must be adjusted within the merchant account
Setup Time Frame
Same day
Same day
3-5 business days
US: 2 weeks

Canada: 3-6 weeks
$15 per chargeback
No chargeback fee
$25 per chargeback
$15 per chargeback
ACH Payments
1% + $0.30
Not Supported
Not Supported
Not Supported


What support is available for organizations using Classy Pay?

The Classy Care team is standing by to help out with any questions relating to Classy Pay payments or disbursements. You can find answers to commonly asked questions in our support center, or click here to get in contact with the Care team. And as always, you can monitor the health of all Classy systems on our status page.

I have recurring donations processing on another payment processor. Can I migrate them to Classy Pay?

Absolutely. We encourage you to migrate your recurring donors over to Classy for two reasons: a) it keeps all your online giving in one place, and b) we’ve built the Classy platform with donor retention and engagement top of mind. Our Professional Services team will partner with you along every step of the migration. We provide a template of the fields required for the migration, work with you to correct any issues with the data, and facilitate the re-tokenization process. Finally, we provide metrics on how those recurring donations are processing for the two weeks following the migrations.

How does Stripe Radar work?

Stripe Radar automatically detects and blocks fraudulent payments using the power of machine learning to evaluate each payment’s risk level in real time by tapping into data from Stripe’s global network of millions of businesses.
When a business using Stripe sees a new card for the first time, there’s an 89% chance that Stripe Radar has previously seen the card elsewhere on the Stripe network. This data all feeds into our fraud modeling, along with card blacklists from Stripe’s financial partners.
Adding these additional signals to identify fraud helps businesses reduce fraud by up to an additional 25% over other fraud prevention methods.

What are the fees for using Classy Pay?

Credit card transactions are processed at 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction for Visa, Discover, and Mastercard transactions.
For American Express transactions, the fees are 3.2% + $0.30.
ACH transactions are processed at a rate of 1% + $0.30 per transaction.

There are no setup costs, maintenance costs, or support fees for Classy Pay.
Additional charges may apply, including platform subscription and transaction fees.

Who can use Classy Pay?

Any US-based 501c3 organization with a Classy Pro Lite, Pro, or Enterprise plan can use Classy Pay to process payments online.

Want to learn more about the benefits of Classy Pay?

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    We'll get to know your organization's fundraising strategy, including tools you currently use

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    We'll ask about your organization's challenges and needs, as well as your timeline to optimize them

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    We'll give you an overview of Classy's fundraising features and integrations

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    We'll answer any and all of your questions