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The donation service

Convincing people to donate is hard. But it's easier if there's some transparency in the donation process (public list of donors) and if there are clear goals to the donation (financial targets and concrete use of the corresponding money). Adding a time limit also helps to convince donors to donate now instead of postponing it to later.

Librement's donation service make it easy to host effective donation drives with multiple widgets that you can embed on your own website.

Within the donation service, developers can manage any number of donation trackers. A donation tracker defines the specifics of the donation drive (limited in time or not, financial target, whether the list of donors is public, etc.) and contains all the details of donations and donators. It has a unique identifier for reference purpose.

List of donation trackers

The main screen of the donation service lists all the active donation trackers with the following information:

  • name of the donation tracker
  • type of the donation tracker (permanent, time limited)
  • start datetime
  • end datetime (can be unset)
  • target (can be unset)
  • period (only for permanent donation trackers)
  • amount raised
    • in time limited campaigns: total amount raised
    • in permanent campaigns: amount raised in the current period

Clicking on the name of a donation tracker brings you to a screen with details of the donations recorded in this tracker. The list also contains shortcut links to the various operations that can be done on each tracker (see further for details).

The main screen also offers a button to create a new donation tracker.

Edition / creation of a donation tracker

This page contains a big form with many parameters describing the donation tracker:

  • its name (required)
  • its type (required)
    • permanent
    • time-limited
  • its start datetime (defaults to now, required, can be hidden for permanent campaigns)
  • its end datetime (default to unset, required for time limited campaigns)
  • its period (day, week, month, quarter, semester, year) (visible and required only for permanent campaigns, unset for time limited campaigns)
  • its currency: EUR, USD, etc. (required)
  • its target: the amount of money to raise (optional)
  • whether to publish the list of donors (checkbox, boolean)
  • a thank you URL: a URL where the user is redirected after having completed a donation (optional)

Operations on donation trackers

Many operations are possible on donation trackers:

  • close the tracker: this is done by setting its end datetime to a date in the past
  • add a manual donation: record a donation that happened outside of the donation form (because it happened in real life, or because the donor used a payment system not offered by Librement)
  • add a thank-you email: configure a custom email to be sent back to donors that left their email (or where we got it through the payment system)
  • get HTML for widgets: retrieve HTML code to embed Librement widgets in a website

Details of a donation tracker

Hosted donation page

HTML widgets

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