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Nonprofits and Churches Can Now Collect Online Donations Through Aplos Software for No Monthly Fee

Fresno, CA - October 8, 2014 - Aplos Software, a web-based software company specializing in technology for the nonprofit sector, unveiled today a more affordable method for nonprofits to securely and effectively accept donations online. Using Aplos Donations, nonprofits can follow online fundraising best practices, such as using a branded donation webpage, with no monthly fee. Previously, small and mid-sized organizations were priced out of these types of features because the more robust donation platforms on the market required high monthly fees.

"An affordable and effective donation webpage should never be a roadblock for a nonprofit," said Tim Goetz, CEO and co-founder of Aplos. "Nonprofits and churches, especially the smallest ones, need access to online donation technology for an affordable and simple way to raise funds."

With continued yearly growth, online giving is showing no signs of slowing down and donors are demanding digital payment options from the organizations they support. Online giving increased by 13.5 percent in 2013 and continues to outpace growth in other forms of giving. This is particularly true for smaller nonprofits with less than one million dollars in revenue, which grew by 18.5 percent (Blackbaud, 2013).

While there is a wide array of online fundraising options on the market, few platforms are well suited for small and mid-sized nonprofits. Solutions that offer branded pages are typically expensive. Fundraising software with low monthly fees often come with high transaction fees ranging from five to eight percent and with fewer branding alternatives.

"With the freedom to brand their donation webpage and the ability to securely process transactions, even the smallest nonprofits can afford to make it simpler for donors to support their organization," said Goetz. "That's why we offer Aplos Donations with no monthly fee, no minimums, no set-up fees, and low transaction rates."

Using Aplos Donations, nonprofits can create as many donation webpages as they need and can customize them for differing purposes. The form can be modified for various campaign themes by changing messaging, color schemes, images, or the types of donations accepted. The donation pages can be accessed on any device and can be easily shared to have maximum flexibility for accepting donations online.

Aplos Software partners with We-Pay to securely process credit card, debit card and ACH transactions on behalf of nonprofits. Nonprofits can receive their payments faster than other payment processors on the market. While some payment processors wait up to 30 days to transfer funds, organizations using Aplos can receive funds as soon as payments are cleared in a daily transfer directly to the nonprofit's bank account. Transaction fees for nonprofits start at three percent plus $0.30 per transaction for most major credit cards and two percent, plus $0.30 per transaction for ACH bank withdrawal.

In addition to one-time donations, nonprofits and churches can accept recurring donations, which is a vital key in stabilizing their financial base and helpful for churches accepting tithe online. Donors can also easily log in to manage their donations and view their contribution history.

Organizations can also upgrade to a monthly subscription of $15 per month to track all of their donations (online or manually entered), manage recurring donations, and automatically create contribution statements for their donors. If they also use Aplos Accounting, a separate product in the Aplos nonprofit suite, their donations can be automatically tracked in their bookkeeping to save time.

About Aplos Software

Aplos Software specializes in web-based software that makes it simple to manage nonprofits. Named "an excellent choice for nonprofits" by CPA Practice Advisor, Aplos aims to make its software simple and intuitive, while maintaining excellence in accuracy, affordability, security, and online accessibility. The Aplos suite of nonprofit software includes Aplos Accounting, a fund accounting software; Aplos Donor Management, a donor management software; Aplos e-File, a tax-prep and submission software; and Aplos Oversight, a management software for accountants or administrators to easily oversee the finances of multiple nonprofits or churches. Based in Fresno, California, Aplos Software was founded in 2009 and has had over 10,000 organizations use its various software programs. For more information, visit www.aplos.com or call Aplos Software at (888) 274-1316.

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