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How to migrate recurring donations into your LGL Forms account

Posted June 27, 2024 by Hunter Williams

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Recurring donations offer great advantages to nonprofits. They provide more reliable and predictable income, and they can help identify higher lifetime value donors with the potential to make major gifts.

But if you want to move from one recurring donation platform to another, it is a challenge to migrate your existing recurring donations to the new service. That’s because payment processors need to have the full credit card number and other details like billing zip code and CVV (card verification value) in order to process credit card payments. And you really can’t get, and likely wouldn’t want to get, that data yourself. You need the two payment processors to work together for the data transfer to happen.

LGL can now help you move existing recurring donations into LGL Forms

We are excited to share that Little Green Light can now help you move existing recurring donations into LGL Forms if your recurring donors are already in a Stripe account. In fact, because many fundraising platforms use Stripe, you may already have your recurring donors in a Stripe account.

It may also be possible for you to migrate a list of donors and their payment methods from a different processor into a Stripe account, but as mentioned this will require the support of that other processor. Stripe has some helpful articles about this, which are linked from our Knowledge Base article on this topic.

As a Little Green Light customer, the benefits of moving recurring donations to LGL Forms include:

  • Fewer software solutions to manage (it’s always nice to consolidate the software packages you’re working in)
  • Easy integration to your LGL database. Once transactions are running through LGL Forms, it’s simple to sync those with your LGL database, and you can customize the sync (for example, you can set up a task to be created for your Executive Director to place a phone call, which only triggers in cases where a donation exceeds $250)
  • Low fees. LGL does not add any platform fee for using LGL Forms; your only fee is to Stripe. Stripe also offers special pricing for nonprofits

How to migrate recurring donations into your LGL Forms account

For details on how to migrate recurring donations into LGL Forms, see this Knowledge Base article: Migrate ongoing recurring donations into your LGL Forms account.

The article describes what will happen during the migration process and how to put in a request for this service. It also includes links to resources on Stripe if you are looking to first migrate your donor list into a Stripe account (as mentioned, that process is more complex but it is possible).


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