South America Mission wanted to make it easier for people to set up recurring donations, update their billing information and get their donation history. They also wanted the donation process to live on their website rather than going to another portal. Ultimately, they decided to rebuild their entire online donation process.
The Romega team used WooCommerce, a framework native to WordPress that was specifically designed for e-commerce. Rather than using WooCommerce to sell traditional products, Romega made donation designations for individual missionaries and ministries organized by country. Because of this change from products to donations, Romega changed the default WooCommerce language from “orders and products” to “donations and designations” to avoid any confusion.
Once users select a missionary or a ministry, they can make a one-time donation or create an account to schedule recurring donations. These can be in specified or manually-entered amounts. For repeat donations, donors can save their credit card info to their account. If their credit card expires or something goes wrong on a later donation, that user is notified via email to update their payment method.
After anyone makes any donation, they can download a PDF receipt for their records. They can also log back in at any time to see a list of all their donations and download receipts. Lastly, Romega set up a custom export that lets SAM staff easily pull donor records into their membership/donation software.