Applicable to all Symposium packages
This article is for event organizers. If you are an event participant, please see our Resources for Participants section.
Symposium's Donations feature enables you to easily collect gifts from your event participants and fundraise for your program, office, and/or institution. This feature is integrated into the event experience so giving can be a seamless process as participants engage in your event.
Set Up Process Overview
Your donations widget will show up on all your main event pages (as shown below), so that participants can easily click on the widget to pop up a quick form and fill it out to donate.
The setup process is facilitated by Stripe, an industry leader in payments processing. Stripe is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1 and you can find more information on their security practices here: https://stripe.com/docs/security/stripe.
Through Stripe, you can create multiple funds representing program/department/office/institutions, i.e. specific accounts to which donations can be made. Stripe handles all backend payment processing, while Symposium provides an interface to users and organizers to facilitate the transactions. Symposium does not collect or store donors’ credit card information.
There are two basic steps to getting your donations widget set up and ready for launch:
Confirming non-profit status
Before you can set up donations, however, you must first confirm the nonprofit status of your organization. All donations must go to non-profit entities, so we require that you check the box and affirm that all donations will in fact go to non-profit entities. Without checking this box, you will not be able to configure or accept donations through your event on Symposium.