> At Ripon College, we are contemplating setting up some sort of facility that
> would allow alumni to donate to the annual fund via the web, using a credit
> What are others doing along these lines? Did you set up a secure server
> "electronic storefront" in-house or did you outsource it to one of the many
> outfits that promise a "quick and easy storefront solution"?
I am in the process of setting up a similar situation for my local Habitat
for Humanity web site. We wanted to do it in the most convenient and
cheapest way possible. It has become an effort in futility. The bank
requires the use of Cyber-cash, even if we don't use a shopping cart. I
wanted the form to be on a secure server. People would fill it out, click,
and our executive director would retrieve it from the server and then using a
POS program, run the info through a computer to do the actual card billing.
I figured this would circumvent the need for Cybercash (EXPENSIVE!!).
> How much did the solution cost (in time and/or dollars)?
It should have cost very little. Our webhost company is donating all the
space, including the secure server, and even offered that we could use his
security certificate. If we needed our own, that was $100. I found decent
POS software for $300, we don't need anything fancy. What the bank is
requiring from us will cost well over $1000. Forget it.
> Is the electronic donation capability tied into other ecommerce - type
> activities, such as on-line sales of books or college paraphernalia?
We were thinking about this as well, but as it stands right now, we are
pretty much DOA, thinking about having a form they can print out to mail a
donation, but that just won't be the same. We are still moving forward witht
he site, as without taking donations the only cost is the domain name
registration. We are sure we will more than cover that...
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