However, you still need to process the charges later using one of the other methods, and there's a substantial risk inherent in carrying imprinting slips around, because you're essentially carrying a stack of credit cards.
The multiple steps are complex and can involve a number of different vendors and entities.
For most of the methods covered here, you'll need to open a merchant account through your bank or one recommended by your payment processor. Credit card companies such as Master Card and Visa also charge a fee for each transaction, so there will always be some fee to pay when you accept credit card payments.
However, the size of the fees and the terms can vary substantially.
It's never been easier for nonprofits to accept credit card payments.
Whether you're receiving donations over the phone; processing on-site registration fees at your next conference; or ringing up purchases at a booth, gift shop, or craft fair, there are a number of ways to accept credit cards as payment.