Apple Pay

Planning Center Giving supports Apple Pay. With Apple Pay, donors using Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, and Safari on their macs) can donate using their credit or debit card without having to enter the full details of their card. It's fast, it's fun, and it's more secure because it uses their devices thumb print to authenticate the payment method.

Getting Setup for Apple Pay

Apple has established an application process here: https://developer.apple.com/support/apple-pay-nonprofits/ There are 3 parts to this process. Let's walk through each of them:

Step 1: Register for Benevity.
  • Go to https://causes.benevity.org , click "Register Now" and follow the instructions provided by Benevity. Only registered 501(c)3 public charities automatically have a profiles on Benevity. If your church is not listed, you'll need to reach out to Benevity's support team (click "Charity Support Request") and ask them to create your profile manually.
  • You'll be asked for a "Tax Exempt Status Letter" from the IRS. If you don't have one (many churches don't), Benevity will accept a voided check as a substitute.
  • As you answer questions in the Declaration section, you'll be asked a series of questions about licenses, hiring practices, use of donor funds, and more. Answer these questions honestly and remember that Benevity's role is to gather information about charities, vet it when necessary, and create a public/searchable profile for charities. Companies that wish to engage with these charities (as Apple does with Apple Pay) are able to review a charity's public Benevity profile.
  • Complete all of the registration steps for Benevity until you’ve reached 100%.
Step 2: Apply for Apple Pay through Benevity
  • Go to: http://causes.benevity.org/apple-pay and search for your non-profit. Click "Register" and enter your name when asked.
  • You'll be asked to provide your Apple Developer Team ID listed on your Apple developer account. If you don't have one of these you can use Planning Center's information: Apple Developer Team ID = 9JVJNE92L6
  • When asked what pages you want Apple Pay enabled for, enter the URL for your donation form, provided by Planning Center Giving. If you're not sure where that is, you can go here and click "Online giving link" in the top right hand corner. Your URL will look like this: https://yoursubdomain.churchcenteronline.com
Step 3: Once approved, enable Apple Pay in Planning Center Giving.
  • This is the easy part! Head into your settings for Planning Center Giving (top right in the Giving application) and enable Apple Pay:

Apple Pay FAQ

How does Apple Pay work with Stripe?

When a donor gives via Apple Pay, the donation is still processed by Stripe, the payment processor used by Giving. It gets the same processing fee and the donation follows the same lifecycle that a normal credit/debit card donation would. In fact, you can think of Apple Pay as just a different method of entering a credit/debit card.

Are there extra fees for using Apple Pay?

Nope. Just the standard processing fees from Stripe. (See question above)

What if we've disabled credit card donations?

Some churches don't like to accept donations on credit. There's a setting within Giving that allows you to effectively reject credit card donations while still accepting debit card donations. Apple Pay respects this setting. If the card they select is a credit card, Giving will give the donor a helpful message, letting them know that only debit card donations are accepted.

What web browsers are supported?

On the desktop, Apple Pay only works on recent versions of Safari. On mobile, Apple Pay works on mobile Safari, which is the native web browser used by Apple devices (like iPhone and iPad). Keep in mind that Apple Pay is really more of an iOS feature; credit/debit cards are securely stored on an iOS device and authenticated using the device's thumb scanner. So, even when a donor is using Safari on their computer, clicking the Apple Pay button will initiate a prompt on their phone asking for their thumb print.

We're not a registered 501c3 non-profit. Can we still use Apple Pay?

If your church isn't a registered 501c3, you won't find an automatic listing on Benevity and you will need to ask Benevity to manually create a profile for your church (see the setup process above). However, keep in mind that even if Benevity lists your church, Apple may not approve your organization for Apple Pay if it's not a registered non-profit.

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