NeonCRM supports automatically recurring donations for credit card or eCheck transactions. This means that a donation will be automatically processed on a repeating basis, using any interval you define.
There are two approaches you can take when creating a recurring donation schedule:
Recurring donations are only supported for two Tender Types:
- Credit Card (Online)
To create a recurring donation that processes the payment immediately, you'll need to create a new donation. Either click Add Donation from the Quick Add button...
...or find the account record of the constituent who is donating. Click Create New > Donation.
Enter the required donation fields, including Amount. Beneath these fields, you'll see a toggle for Recurring Donation. Turn this to On, then specify how often you want the recurring donation to occur by specifying the recurring payment unit and increment.
If you want the donation to be processed once per month, enter "1" into the Every field and choose Month from the dropdown. If you want the donation to be processed once per year, you can enter "12" into this field (i.e. every 12 months), or enter 1 and choose Year from the dropdown.
If you specify an End Date, the recurring donation will be automatically terminated on that date. No payments will be processed after this date.
Upon clicking Next, you will see the alert message below telling you that Recurring Donations can only be set up using Credit Card or E-Check/ACH as the tender type.
Click OK and complete the donation process as you would for any standard donation. If it is successful, you will receive this message:
When you navigate back to the constituent's account page, you will see two new things in the Donations section:
- A record of the donation you just processed under Donation History.
- A record of the new recurring donation under Recurring Donation Schedules. This shows the amount of the recurring donation, the next date it will be processed, and the end of the recurring period. If no end date was defined, the End Date area will be blank.
If you click Actions (three dots), you can edit the schedule of this recurring donation. You can also set the schedule inactive.
If you click into the Donation Detail record, you will have the option to Pay Now. The donation amount will be processed immediately. The recurring donation will then advance to the next scheduled date. You might use this if a constituent were to call and request their payment be processed earlier in a particular month.
If you want to create a recurring donation with a delayed start date, click Create New > Recurring Donation Schedule.
On this page, enter the amount to be charged for each donation in the series, the frequency, and the Next Date. This is the date that you want the first transaction in the series to be processed.
You can allocate the recurring series to a Campaign, Fund, and/or Purpose, and also assign it a Source. This data will apply to every donation in the series.
Enter the payment information and click Submit to enable the recurring series.
To see a list of all recurring donation schedules, navigate to: Fundraising > Recurring Donation Schedules.
From here, you can view all recurring donors and filter this list using the search filters at the top of the page.
There are two ways to view this list: in Compact View mode, which shows basic information in a compact list...
...or Comfortable View, which shows more details about each schedule in an expanded list.
The default view is Compact View. Click the button shown above to switch to Comfortable view.
If you see a "clasped hands" icon next to a schedule list record, that indicates that the recurring series is linked to a pledge on the account.
From this view page, you can click the Actions menu to edit a schedule, delete it, or make it inactive.
From either view, you can export the list to Excel or CSV:
You can also see a list of recurring donation schedules by going to Reports > New Report > Donation > Recurring Donation Report. This report includes a special search category called Recurring Donation Schedule where you can search on schedule properties.
The Donor Report and the Donation Detail Report also include the Recurring Donation Schedule search category and related output columns. To see only donations that are part of a schedule, use the following criterion:
Recurring Donation: Equal Yes
You can change the Next Date a recurring transaction will pull. Navigate to Fundraising > Recurring Donation Schedules > and select a Donor name. Then select Edit.
By changing the Next Date, you change the date that the next recurring donation will be processed. The series will continue at the designated frequency from the new next date onward.
A system user may need to update the credit card information for a recurring donation on behalf of the donor. To do this, go to the recurring donation schedule and click Edit.
From the edit page, click the Replace Current Credit Card button.
You will be prompted to enter the new payment details under the New Credit Card Information section. Click Submit to save the new credit card for this recurring donation.
When looking at a recurring donation schedule, you have the option to Pay Now.
If you click Pay Now, the donation amount will be processed immediately. The recurring donation will then advance to the next scheduled date. You might use this if a constituent were to call and request their payment be processed earlier in a particular month.
After using the Pay Now button to process a recurring payment before the scheduled Next Date, you will be prompted to either:
- Do not change the next payment date.
- Change your next payment.
You have two options for stopping a recurring donation:
- Change the status to Inactive - this stops any further payments from being processed, but the recurring donation schedule and transaction information is preserved.
- Delete - this removes the credit card or eCheck information and the recurring donation schedule. It does not delete past donations that were created by the recurring donation.
Navigate to the recurring donation schedule you wish to discontinue. Click Edit to change the status or click Delete to remove the recurring schedule completely.
If you change the status to Inactive, you can reactivate the recurring donation at a later time.
The status of the recurring schedule will change to Inactive.
You can link a recurring donation schedule to a pledge by clicking the Apply To Pledge button.
Select the pledge to which you would like to apply the recurring donation.
After applying the recurring donation to the pledge, you will see that these are linked under "Pledge Info" at the bottom of the recurring donation schedule page.
You can use configure fields & sections to add/remove the recurring donation option from your public and constituent donation forms. You can also change where the recurring donation fields appear on each donation form.
To add the recurring donation option, navigate to the Settings cog > Global Settings > Standard Forms > Configure Fields & Sections.
Drag and drop the Recurring Donation Section field into the Selected column from the Page Fields Selector.
Customize the Display Name for the recurring donation options on the next page, as shown below
The Recurring Donation section will now be available on your Standard Donation Form, as shown below.
For each Campaign, you can configure whether or not recurring donations can be accepted for the Campaign, and if so, specific details about the types of recurring donations.
To edit these donation options for a Campaign, navigate to your Campaign list found here: Fundraising > Campaigns.
Click Edit to access the settings for an existing Campaign.
Adjust your Campaign recurring donation options, then click Submit.
At the bottom of the Campaign Information edit page, you have the following options:
- One-time donation - Any donations made through this campaign form will only be processed once.
- Recurring donation with End Date - The form will only create recurring donations, which will recur until the end date (specified here) is reached.
- Recurring donation with Repeat - The form will only create recurring donations, which will repeat the number of times specified here.
- Allow both one-time and recurring donations on the same form. - The form will present the option to make a one-time donation or a recurring donation. The user will be able to specify an end date of their choice.
To allow your constituent to create new recurring donation from the login portal, you must enable the Display Recurring Donation Link setting for the dropdown navigation option My Donation.
This is configured here: Settings cog > Global Settings > Constituent Login Portal > Dropdown Navigation Options.
Clicking Set up up recurring donation will take them to your Constituent Recurring Donation form, which you can customize under Settings cog > Global Settings > Forms & Web Pages > Standard Forms > Configure Fields & Sections.
Control which options appear on all of these pages by navigating to: Settings cog > Global Settings > Fundraising > Recurring Donation Options.
A constituent can log in to their Neon account to make changes to their recurring donation schedule and update their payment information.
Clicking Edit takes the donor to your Constituent Recurring Donation page. From here, they can update their billing information and modify the details of their recurring payment schedule. For security reasons, the donor must re-enter their credit card information in order to submit any changes made on this page. If the constituent's most recent recurring donation was declined, they can change the Next Payment Date (MM/DD/YYYY) to the following day.