Please copy me on any responses to this query. Thanks
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> > 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
> > card.
> > 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...
> Anne Ryan
> Corporate University Xchange