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We just released version 1.1.0 of Charitable Newsletter Connect, with a few new features, some bug fixes and support for Campaign Monitor.

Integrate with Campaign Monitor

The major new feature in this release is the addition of support for Campaign Monitor. Campaign Monitor has been around for a long time and has built up a loyal following. Over 20,000 non-profits choose Campaign Monitor because of its excellent support, smart features and affordable pricing (non-profits save 15% off the list price).

Now you can easily integrate Charitable with Campaign Monitor.

Just add your Campaign Monitor API key and Client ID and you’re done — Charitable handles everything else. Read more

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Customize Your WordPress Donation Form — Without Code

When I started chatting to nonprofits about their online fundraising system, many mentioned the same problem: the fundraising platform they used did not give them enough control.

Too often, they were set up as a one-size-fits-all solution.

As we began developing Charitable, we knew that we wanted to give users a way to tailor it to their needs. A year and a half on, we have seen that decision validated again and again.
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Grow Your Non-Profit’s Email Newsletter List

Newsletter Connect is a fuss-free way for you to add people to your mailing list when they donate.

Email marketing is a powerful way for you to remain in touch with your donors. Research shows that non-profits raise $44 per 1000 fundraising emails delivered, which is an incredible return when you consider just how cheap newsletter software is.

The challenge, of course, is growing your list.

Our latest extension is designed to help with that. Newsletter Connect adds a newsletter signup option to your donation form, so donors are prompted to join your list as they’re donating. It’s a simple, natural way to grow your newsletter list.

Supporting MailChimp & MailPoet

MailChimp has become the de-facto email marketing provider for many organizations, thanks to its affordable pricing and powerful set of features, so it was a no-brainer for us to include MailChimp support.

MailPoet is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create and send newsletters from within WordPress itself. It features a drag-and-drop editor for designing your email templates and a nice ability to automatically send emails based on activities on your site. It has a free version as well as a premium plugin, which costs 75€ for a single-site license. There are no monthly fees.

Not using MailChimp or MailPoet? We are planning to add support for more providers in the future. Let us know in the comments if there’s a particular provider you’d like to see supported.

Read more about Charitable Newsletter Connect.

Pricing Update: PWYW Packages Change Next Week

tldr; The minimum & suggested prices for our PWYW packages will be bumped up on Monday, March 6.

It’s been nearly a year since we first launched Pay What You Want pricing for our Pro and Plus packages. That year has seen a lot of growth for Charitable, and we have enjoyed supporting organizations of all shapes and sizes with their online fundraising.

We also added a number of new extensions since then, including:

Later this week, we’re releasing another extension, Newsletter Connect, which will allow you to automatically have your donors added to your MailChimp or MailPoet mailing list. It will be included in both the Plus and Pro packages.

All up, we’ve added significant value to both packages: Charitable Plus includes $391 worth of extensions, while Charitable Pro bundles $806.

How much does a package cost right now?

Charitable Pro and Plus are Pay What You Want products, so pricing is a fluid thing. But they do have minimum and suggested prices:

  • Charitable Pro has a minimum price of $194 and a suggested price of $249.
  • Charitable Plus has a minimum price of $74 and a suggested price of $99.

How much will a package cost after March 6?

Again, since Charitable Plus and Pro are Pay What You Want products, the price you pay is up to you. But we are updating the minimum price and suggested price of both:

  • As of March 6, Charitable Pro’s minimum price will be $249. The suggested price will be $299.
  • As of March 6, Charitable Plus’ minimum price will be $99. The suggested price will be $139.

What about license renewals?

As always, every purchase on Charitable is for a one year license that includes access to support and ongoing updates. The renewal rates for Plus and Pro are both increasing on March 6:

  • Renewals for Charitable Pro are currently $97 per year. As of March 6, this will increase to $124.
  • Renewals for Charitable Plus are currently $37 per year. As of March 6, this will increase to $49.

The renewal price is based on the current price of the product, so if you renew either package after March 6, you will be charged the new prices. In other words, now’s a good time to renew your licenses, too.

What’s the deal with Pay What You Want pricing anyway?

Pay What You Want pricing is a bit of an unusual business model. We decided to adopt PWYW prices for the packages because it allowed us to dramatically lower the barrier to entry, making our premium features accessible to non-profits with tight budgets.

On the flipside, it means that organizations who can afford more can give a little extra — which many do. We’re always humbled when someone chooses to support us in that way!

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A More Secure Authorize.Net

In the latest release of Charitable Authorize.Net, we added support for Accept.js. Here’s why that matters for your website’s donation process.

Version 1.1 of our Authorize.Net extension came out a little while ago and was significant for a couple of reasons. For one, it included support for Recurring Donations. It also added a feature that allows you to automatically sync the required fields in your Charitable donation forms with the required fields you have defined in your Authorize.Net.

Today, I want to talk about the third key improvement and how it makes your donation process more secure: Accept.js.
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Supercharge Your Online Fundraising in 2017 with Recurring Donations

Finally — our Recurring Donations plugin is here! Start accepting monthly donations on your website today.

Want to know a not-so-secret secret about online fundraising? Donors who give regularly give more than one-time donors — a whopping 42% more on average, according to research by Network for Good.

So you’ll see why we are excited about Charitable Recurring Donations, which was developed by Kathy Darling (a.k.a. helgatheviking) in collaboration with us. Today’s release follows many months of development and testing. Now you can give your donors an easy way to start giving monthly, all with Charitable.
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UK Charities: Start Accepting Gift Aid on Your WordPress Donations

If you’re a UK charity, this one’s for you: We’ve just released an extension that allows you to quickly and easily start accepting Gift Aid donations.

Gift Aid lets you claim an extra 25p for every £1 when your donors claim Gift Aid on their donation.

We think that’s a pretty great deal for charities, so we’re really happy to be able to make it easier for you to start taking advantage of this with our brand new Gift Aid plugin.

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Customizing the Gift Aid declaration on your donation form is really easy with the WordPress Customizer

The extension is easy to set up and includes an exportable Gift Aid report designed to give you all the information you need to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations from the HMRC.

Charitable Gift Aid exclusively available with our Plus and Pro packages.

How We Improved Logins and Registrations in Charitable

One of the key focuses of Charitable development lately has been the front-end user login and registration process. Version 1.4.0 introduced a password reset process. Today we’re releasing version 1.4.2, which includes several enhancements to the login and registration forms.

Note: If you are already using the Charitable shortcodes for login and registration, there are some changes you need to be aware of. Read on to find out how you might be impacted. Read more

Charitable 1.4 Features Responsive Styling and More

TL;DR: We just released a huge update for Charitable. Highlights include better support for small screens, a new shortcode and complete user-facing login and registration workflow.

Charitable 1.4 is coming out today, nearly six months since we released version 1.3. That’s a long time between major releases – too long for my liking – but the result is that 1.4 is a big step forward for the project.  Here’s a taste of what’s new in 1.4:

  • Campaign grids (like the ones you add with the [campaigns] shortcode), automatically scale gracefully on smaller screens.
  • So does the list of suggested donations in the donation form.
  • You can use a new shortcode that lists a logged-in user’s history of donations.
  • Your registered users can update & reset their password using a completely user-facing system (i.e. no wp-login access).
  • The donation form runs some client-side validation tests now to help donors who have missed a field or entered an invalid credit card number.
  • Picture fields in forms now feature a nice drag and drop interface (a nice update for people using Ambassadors or User Avatar).

Let’s take a closer look at some of these.

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