Merchant service providers
Some merchant service providers and acquirers (that rent out card machines for businesses) accept registered charities, but these packages require commitment and ongoing fees. That said, the transaction fees can be competitive, and you get a high-end card machine model.
Merchant service providers that accept charities and non-profits:
- Wireless Terminal Solutions
- Elavon (requires a Santander charity current account)
Other merchant service providers may offer plans for charities, but non-profit users are generally classed as higher risk and therefore often rejected.
Card machine solutions geared towards charities
A better option may be one the many companies that specialise in payment solutions for charity donations.
Many of these offer more than just a card reader. For example, card readers may be attached to a tablet or stand with big visuals advertising your cause. This, unfortunately, also makes it more expensive and require monthly fees on top of an upfront setup or purchase cost for the contactless station.
Others offer a simple card reader with an app – this is generally cheaper.
Charity-focused companies that offer card machines include: